The Miami Dolphins entered the 2020 NFL Draft fourth round with picks 134 and 141, but didn’t keep them.
Dolphins Add Third Lineman in 2020 NFL Draft
Miami traded both picks to jump up to the No. 111 overall pick and drafted Solomon Kindley, a guard out of the University of Georgia.
The 336-pound guard, nicknamed “Big Fish”, stifles opposing defenses and doesn’t give up sacks. In 2,005 career snaps with the Bulldogs, he allowed just four sacks and and 14 hurries on 901 pass blocking repetitions.
Kindley is the third lineman the Dolphins have taken in this draft (out of seven picks), making it clear they’re trying to establish the trenches. The three new additions will join Ereck Flowers and Ted Karras on the line, in what is one of the quickest rebuilds the NFL has ever seen. Both came to Miami in free agency, with Flowers coming from the Washington Redskins and Karras came from the New England Patriots.
What Can “Big Fish” Offer?
The three-year starter in Georgia earned a 72.6 overall 2019 grade, excelling in pass blocking at 75.9 and being close behind at 72.2 in run blocking.
Miami gets a scrappy player who is consistent in the way he slides his feet. Though his slides could be more defined to help his blocking, the technique can be tweaked. His leverage struggles in blocking a little as well, so the Dolphins’ main focus will have to be teaching positioning.
Regardless, Kindley should compete for a day-one starting spot, but could learn from a backup role as well. The key for him to start is how quickly he can adjust his fundamentals.