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Thread: Finding the Fits: Miami's OL woes soon over with versatile Thomas?

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    Finding the Fits: Miami's OL woes soon over with versatile Thomas?

    During the next several weeks, NFLDraftScout.com will review the more intriguing picks made during the 2013 NFL Draft in a series called "Finding the Fits." The goal of the series is to identify one relatively unheralded player per team who appears to be a good schematic fit and, therefore, more likely to be a surprise contributor early in his pro career.

    Miami Dolphins Best Fit: OL Dallas Thomas, Tennessee, 3rd Round, No. 77 overall.

    It is perhaps appropriate that the Miami Dolphins used the 77th pick on highly versatile offensive lineman Dallas Thomas.

    The former University of Tennessee standout could wind up replacing departed free agent left tackle Jake Long, who wore No. 77 during his five seasons with the club after earning the No. 1 overall selection of the 2008 draft.

    With 25 starts at the all-important left tackle position already on his resume, Thomas gives the Dolphins a quality contingency plan should 2012 second round pick, Jonathan Martin, struggle as Long's likely replacement protecting Ryan Tannehill's blindside.

    The Dolphins know what they have in Martin, who started all 16 games at tackle for the team as a rookie, including the final four on the left side when Long was sidelined with injury (triceps). Martin was solid but far from spectacular in his first season in the NFL and there was plenty of pre-draft speculation that general manager Jeff Ireland would continue his aggressive offseason by trading up to secure one of the top tackles in the 2013 draft. The Dolphins pursued a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs for left tackle Branden Albert and continue to tinker with their offense after the draft, signing veteran Tyson Clabo to a one-year deal on May 5.

    While the majority of Thomas' experience was at left tackle, he was moved inside to left guard as a senior, starting all 12 games there. This move, according to sources close to the Vols, was in part due to Thomas' strength and versatility and because the young man who replaced him Antonio Richardson, a 6-6, 332-pound junior, is viewed as a potential blue-chip talent.

    Whether at left tackle or as an upgrade to the tenacious (but athletically-limited) Richie Incognito at left guard, Thomas projects as a quality NFL starter.
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    As I see it,

    Dallas can be groomed for

    - Incog is a FA next year, take over at LG
    - Clabo is a one year stop gap, take over at RT next year
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    Why can't Thomas start at LG and slide Incognito to RG. Ireland has always referred to Lance Louis as Depth & Louis needs to prove he is healthy before he gets a shot at anything.
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    I think we will be ok on the line until the injury bug pops up. Then its the "next man up" mentality that we are going to need.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FinAtic8480 View Post
    Why can't Thomas start at LG and slide Incognito to RG. Ireland has always referred to Lance Louis as Depth & Louis needs to prove he is healthy before he gets a shot at anything.
    Doesnt he have injury at the moment? Not sure but I agree with you. If Jerry doesnt show up Thomas or Louis will step in.
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    He is our future LG. Cog will play out his last year of his contract while Thomas rehabs his shoulder and provides depth. Its that simple. Next years draft I expect us to take a RT and quite possibly a RG.
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    Thanks, nice article.
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    You need some experience on the blind side. Starting Martin at LT and a rookie at LG would be troublesome.
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    lets move richie and his big pay check as far right as possible [like the dole queue] his got no trade value , and yes he played ok after midseason ,but probowl level
    get out of here !

    it really makes me cringe seeing him in space and completly whiffing on blocks time after time

    o h well i guess he stays and helps martin in his left tackle spot , giving him someone reliable to lean on !!
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    he could eventually be our starting left guard, and meanwhile provide (hopefully) quality depth at left guard and left tackle.
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