The Miami Dolphins continue to make their offensive line stronger this offseason. As the NFL Draft is less than two weeks away and there is still speculation the team will draft either a tackle with the 19th selection or someone on the interior to strengthen the guard rotation, the Dolphins announced it has exercised the fifth year option on center Mike Pouncey. The Pro Bowl player has been the rock of this offensive line since he was drafted out of the University of Florida.
The Dolphins will likely have four new starters on the line when the 2014 season begins. It is Pouncey’s hope this unit will come together fast to help quarterback Ryan Tannehill and a new running game.
“Just to (want to) jell as an offensive line as soon as possible,” Pouncey said during an appearance on The Finsiders Tuesday. “It’s going to be all five new guys on the offensive line (together). Iâ€ˆjust can’t wait to get out on the practice field, see how everybody is on the football field. Just being around those guys is going to be a real pleasure this year.”
Pouncey will be working with Branden Albert, a free agent from Kansas City the team wanted to sign last season but could not reach agreement with the first time Pro Bowl player from last season. The idea of having two players with pro season honors on the line makes for a great start to rebuilding arguably the worst unit on the squad last season.
“You’ve got to have a great center to be a great offensive line and to be a great left tackle you’ve got to have a guy that’s going to point you in the right direction,” Albert said. “I know he takes the job seriously and that’s something I’m very excited about and it’s like — what can I say, what do they call that? — a man crush because I know what type of player he is.”
All joking aside, it has been business as usual for the team with its offseason workout program in full swing and the front office and coaching staff preparing for the Draft.
There is speculation some like Morgan Moses of Virginia or Zach Martin of Notre Dame, both tackles, could be high on the Dolphins draft board.
Someone like Xavier Su'a-Filo, a guard from UCLA could also be a potential pick.