Another year, another offensive lineman taken by the Miami Dolphins. Dallas Thomas joins the offensive line ranks in Miami, the same as it ever was, it would seem.
Consistency: the Miami Dolphins have drafted at least one offensive lineman in every draft in franchise history. This year maybe a trade.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 25, 2013
That Miami took another offensive lineman should not have been surprising either way, given the needs along the line. The question is whether Miami really addressed anything with the pick.
Thomas played left tackle for the Volunteers before being moved inside to left guard as a senior. He is a versatile offensive lineman, but he projects to be a guard at the next level.
His role will likely be to add depth to the offensive line more than anything as a rookie. If Lance Louis doesn't pan out due to injury, Thomas might get a chance to compete for a starting gig at guard.
Here is what Bleacher Report's Ryan McCrystal had to say:
When lined up at left tackle, Thomas struggles with speed-rushers off the edge. He lacks the quick footwork to slide outside with pass-rushers who explode off the line of scrimmage.
On the interior line, Thomas' athleticism is actually an asset. He's reasonably quick in tight spaces and matches up well with 3-technique pass-rushers.
Thomas is quick off the snap, but his power is average at best. If he doesn't immediately put himself in a position of leverage, he struggles to hold his ground and open up holes.
His best asset as in interior run blocker is his ability to get to the second level. He moves well for an interior lineman, and demonstrates impressive field awareness when blocking on the move.
There is an chance Thomas develops as a tackle, but counting on him to fill a hole there as a rookie would be a stretch.
It seems that John Jerry's troubled tenure as a Miami Dolphin might be coming to an end.
The hulking lineman has had weight issues for years, and it was a sore subject for the Dolphins last year. Miami did need to get better at guard.
What grade do you give the pick?
Louis is trying to make the team after tearing his ACL last season. If his rehab goes well, he has the talent to lock down the right guard position. That would leave Miami with the flexibility to move Thomas over to tackle, if coaches want to take that risk.
The Tennessee product's versatility will make him a solid backup across the offensive line. He very well could be No. 2 on the depth chart at every position on the line except center.
Thomas won't put up any statistics, but he could stabilize the guard position, helping out Lamar Miller and the run game. That is, if he gets on the field.
He will have to get healthy first, having torn his labrum late in 2012.