Buy, Sell, or Trade: Dolphins Guards.

 2015 Review:

2015 was no walk in the park for the Miami Dolphins trio of offensive guards. Rookie Jamil Douglas struggled throughout much of the first 8 weeks, ranking among the leagues worst guards in the NFL. 3rd year man Dallas Thomas improved leaps-and-bounds in run protection, but his lack of lateral quickness and off the ball speed in pass situation helped lead to Ryan Tannehill’s 45 sacks and record setting 3 straight safeties. Lastly, Billy Turner, who was originally beat out for the starting guard spot at the beginning of the season, regained his starting position in Dan Campbell first start at head coach. Turner is a solid pass protector, but has struggled severely in the A-Gap against run protections and against blitz happy teams.

The Dolphins guards showed promise and growth throughout much of the 2015 season, unfortunately for the trio, that growth is hardly noticeable when  you rank among the bottom 10 of starting guards for multiple seasons. Former coach Joe Philbin had high hopes for his guards in the offseason of 2015; its highly unlikely rookie head coach Adam Gase will make that same mistake.

2015 Season Grade: D

 

Current Roster
NameContractExperience 2016
Dallas Thomas 4 year, $2,846,376 3 $705,000
Billy Turner4 year, $3,146,500 2 $686,750
Jamil Douglas4 year, $2,798,5651$525,000
Unrestricted Free Agents
Top 3
NameCurrent TeamExperience2015 Salary
Kelechi OsemeleBaltimore Ravens4$1,064,595
Alex BooneSan Fransisco 49ers6$3,723,000
Evan MathisDenver Broncos11$2,921,875
Value Picks
NameCurrent TeamExperience2015 Salary
Ramon FosterPittsburgh Steelers7$2,150,000
Jeff AllenKansas City Chiefs4$1,477,580
Mike HarrisMinnesota Vikings4$1,542,000

 

2016 Draft
Top 3
NamePositionSchoolProjected Round
Vadal AlexanderG/OTLSU1-3
Sebastian TretolaGArkansas2-3
Cody WhitehairGKansas State2-3
Value Picks
NamePositionSchoolProjected Round
Joshua GarnettGStanford2-3
Rees OdhiamboGBoise State3-4
Denver KirklandGArkansas3-4

 

Conclusion

The Dolphins have to fix the offensive line regardless of which way they do it. Turner and Thomas are not the diamonds in the rough that Joe Philbin hoped for them to be, and the verdict is still out on Jamil Douglas. With excellent free agents like Alex Boone and Kelechi Osemele hitting the open market soon, spending 6-10 million on a multi-year deal for young starting guard seems like a logical way to improve a struggling offensive line.

The 2016 Draft features a relatively weak guard class, and the cost effectiveness of hanging on the current roster is appealing for depth. Keeping the two best guards on Miami roster and adding a veteran guard through free agency can immediately help alleviate some of the pressure off Ryan Tannehill. 3rd year man Ja’wuan James could also be moved inside if the Dolphins feel they can improve at tackle through free-agency or this years draft.

Jamil Douglas– Buy

Dallas Thomas– Buy

Billy Turner– Sell

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