With the No. 39 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins selected the versatile guard Robert Hunt from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Coming off a 2019 season where Miami dealt with a slew of injuries on its offensive line, it took advantage of getting another new piece to it in Hunt. General Manager Chris Grier got a guy who has played left guard, left tackle and right tackle during his collegiate career. Looking to make a difference in the production of the offensive line, Hunt has the opportunity to come in and earn the starting spot at either tackle.
Hunt Provides Strong Hands, Aggressive Contact
Hunt has flashed strong hands in pass protection and has the toughness and physicality to help successfully rebuild. He makes aggressive first contact, slides and squares up quickly and has repeated success recovering when needed against edge rushers. The versatility he showed at the OL could help develop into an effective starter for the Dolphins.
Hunt Looks to Improve Positioning, Footwork
Despite Hunt’s strong hands, he does have short arms. This plagues him with leaning “nose over toes” and will need to work on his positioning to avoid getting beat. If he can get his footwork more defined, he’ll not only be able to fix his leaning but will allow him to get quicker as well.
Starting Spot Available for Hunt
For a Dolphins team that ranked last in the league in rushing production and 25th overall offensively, Hunt is one player that the team will look to use in multiple ways. He can take advantage of protecting the QB, stopping the rush when needed and enhancing his teams own rushing attacks by creating running lanes.
Hunt and Austin Jackson are now two new key pieces to Miami’s line it desperately needs. A huge part of the hunt is over for its offensive rebuild.