It’s always good to have depth on the offensive line. The Dolphins filled so many needs last season, they can spend the later rounds of this year’s draft filling that depth. The offensive line was a problem at times last season, but there are pieces to love. Now, they can take yet another tackle who could move to guard if absolutely necessary.
D’Ante Smith is a different kind of lineman than Walker Little. He relies more on mobility over just sheer size and strength. He can pull and get around the offensive line with ease. He can match speed with many defensive ends and even some blitzing linebackers. His movement allows him to adjust to first steps, although obviously that’s not ideal.
He has to add size, and he’s not ready to start on an offensive line tomorrow like Little, but Smith could be a starting tackle in the near future. With Little and last year’s first-round pick Austin Jackson, the Dolphins can afford to take a project on the offensive line.
He also dealt with a lot of injuries this past season which limited him to just one game. Spending a year practicing with a team that already has two great young tackles will allow him a year to heal, learn, and grow both mentally and physically. He showed promise at the Senior Bowl. There is something here. The Dolphins just have to spend time finding it.