Just this past weekend, we caught up with Ian Wharton, a Dolphins analyst from draftmecca.com and got his take on potential Dolphins draft picks at offensive line, those little known, but talented college players from division 2 or 3, and if the Dolphins could find cornerbacks in the draft. Interestingly enough, I hinted that it couldn’t hurt to draft a quarterback in this year’s draft, given a new GM, it could happen right?
1. Obviously, there has been a ton of talk about Zach Martin and where he fits on the O-line. Who are the potential O-linemen that could fit in Miami at Guard and right tackle from what you observed in Mobile?
The Senior Bowl had an interesting group of lineman; most of the guards and tackles project to be interior lineman in the NFL. The guys that intrigued me for guard were Kadeem Edwards from Tennessee State, Brandon Thomas from Clemson, Jon Halapio of Florida, Billy Turner from North Dakota State, and Wesley Johnson from Vanderbilt. Of that group, Halapio had the strongest week.
For right tackle, I really liked Ohio State’s Jack Mewhort. Nevada’s Joel Bitonio, who projects more as a developmental guy, needs strength and refinement, but intrigued me.
2. Talk about Derek Carr, quarterback from Fresno State. Some Dolphins fans want to see Miami draft him to compete with Ryan Tannehill. What impresses you the most and where do you see him being drafted?
A three-year starter at Fresno State, Derek Carr amassed eye-popping statistics, and has experience in a pro-style offense and a spread offense. Carr has all of the physical tools that you want in a quarterback; large hands, a strong arm, good leadership and plus accuracy. His film shows that he has a terrific ability to hit deep throws, as he was able to throw 60 yard passes with a flick of the wrist, and hitting receivers in stride. He’s a big risk, however, as he really struggled in the face of pressure. He looses his poise when he sees the pass rush, and will resort to throwing off of his back foot, leading to near-turnovers. He was able to get away with that in the Mountain West, but the NFL will make him pay dearly for those mistakes.
Despite the flaws, Carr can flourish if he makes adjustments to his game. He graded as a high 2nd round pick for me, and considering the value of the position, could be a top 10 pick in May.