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Michael Deiter NFL Draft 2019: Scouting Report for Miami Dolphins' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 27, 2019

MADISON, WI - SEPTEMBER 15: Michael Deiter #63 of the Wisconsin Badgers in action during the game against the BYU Cougars at Camp Randall Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Madison, Wisconsin. BYU won 24-21. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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STRENGTHS

—Experienced starter who has played left tackle, guard and center at a high level for the Badgers.

—Technique is refined with good timing, good accuracy on punches and the leverage to get underneath the pads of defenders.

—Solid finisher who will dump players in the running game.

—Can turn on a mean streak and lock under the pads of a defender and easily drive him off the ball with good initial quickness and power.

—Sustains his blocks well and doesn't let defenders free easily.

                    

WEAKNESSES

—Surrounded by NFL-caliber players on the Wisconsin offensive line who covered up his flaws.

—Stiff, tall player (6'5", 309 lbs) who struggles to sink his hips and bend at the knees to effectively move in space.

—Gets caught back-bending and lunging to attack as a blocker.

—Robotic mover who struggles to reach the second level well in the running game. Might not be a great fit in a zone-heavy blocking scheme.

—His agility is below-average when asked to pull or when recovering against quick defenders.

             

OVERALL

Michael Deiter, whom the Miami Dolphins selected with the 78th overall pick, has the tools to become a starter in the NFL, but he might be more scheme-reliant than the guards ranked ahead of him. He's a technician but can be stiff and robotic when asked to move down the line or up the field. His future is at guard, not tackle, which should help cover up some of his weakness in space.

                

GRADE: 5.90 (ROUND 3-4 — FUTURE STARTER)

PRO COMPARISON: Rodger Saffold

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