While teams are boasting about their high-priced free agents and first-day 2021 NFL Draft picks, players are waiting to move from obscurity to NFL stardom in year one.
There are always unsung heroes of the NFL Draft process, as lesser-known commodities turn into valuable starters and contributors right away. That could be the case for a few of the newest members of the Miami Dolphins.
Below, I will take a look at some players who fit this profile as the newest members of the Miami Dolphins. The team added some unbelievable talent this past April and could combine that with some surprising late-round newcomers listed in this piece. These are four players deserving of consideration as impact players for an ascending Dolphins team in the AFC East as early as the 2021 season.
Round 7, Pick 231: Larnel Coleman, OT, Massachusetts
As a seventh-round addition, Larnel Coleman is exactly the type of player teams covet in a developmental player on the offensive line. Miami hopes that their 231st pick ends up as a primary swing tackle behind 2020 starter Austin Jackson and 2021 second-rounder, Liam Eichenberg. Teamed with Jesse Davis, Coleman projects as a great depth piece for the Dolphins in year one.
Coleman was a three-year starter for Massachusetts with experience at both right and left tackle. He’s an athletic player that is adept as both a run blocker and pass blocker. The big man also excels in the run game, and that is an area Miami would love to improve moving forward. He has strong hands and long arms that can jar defenders and gives Coleman room for error on the outside.
If the team can continue to develop Coleman with his outstanding physical tools, he could eventually project as a starter. As for year one, Coleman should make the 53-man roster out of camp and allow the team flexibility in the event of an injury or two.