The Miami Dolphins have headlined a myriad of articles since the conclusion of the 2018 season with the notion that they will be big losers in 2019. Vegas has them pegged with the best odds to have the first overall pick in 2020 and therefore the worst
Even members of the local and national beat have lined up on the notion of Miami losing early and often in Flores' first year at the helm, despite the direct push-back from Grier and Flores that losing is not something Miami is trying to do in 2019.
What they have done is changed their diet. And with a changed diet comes the proverbial cleaning out the cupboards. With the report that Miami plans to purge some of the Tannenbaum-era contracts along the defensive line coupled with the uncertainty of Cameron Wake's future with the team, the cupboards are quite bare along the defensive front going into free agency and draft
What Miami needs to do now is restock with guys who fit the new diet plan; a plan predicated on being multiple, being moldable and being cheap. And if Miami exits round of one of April's drafts, they have addressed a different position of need-and there are many-they're going to have to pinpoint at least one guy in the next couple of rounds to invest in on defensive line
Charles Omenihu of the Texas Longhorns would be a worthy investment in one of those rounds, for my money
The 6-foot-6, 275 pound senior defensive lineman had a breakout year of sorts, logging 9.5 sacks and a forced fumble to go with his 32 solo tackles
The size and numbers are nice, but how does he fit into the retooled scheme in Miami? Well, along with echoing the same sentiments heard from Coach Flores about being a scheme-diverse, the new defensive coordinator Patrick Graham outlined how he looks at the eyes, hands, and feet when evaluating a player . This is to say he wants players with good bend, heavy hands, and eye discipline when they diagnose a play.
In regards to hand usage, Omenihu has a great pop in his hands when making contact with his opponents and how his explosiveness and great reach make him difficult to base block when he nails the get-off
The beauty of that tidbit is he can continue to improve in this area by adding some weight, which his large frame should be able to handle with ease. Add in how versatile Omenihu is in terms of where he lined up at Texas, ranging from a 3-technique to out in a wide-9?
I flipped on Omenihu's 201
That type of versatility is impressive. While he needs to improve his consistency in his technique and flexibility (he found himself on the grass a bit too often at times) – he has the raw size, tools, desire, and experience in multiple looks that garnish a shot in a scheme predicated on those traits
The Miami Dolphins could well be that team