The Miami Dolphins addressed a need by selecting Utah guard Isaac Asiata in the fifth round on Saturday afternoon.
According to an NFL.com scouting report, Asiata can play guard and center, is hard-working and aggressive.
The report suggests Asiata, 6-feet-3, 323 pounds, will create aggressive holes in a power running game.
The Miami Dolphins dealt two fifth-round picks to the Philadelphia Eagles in order to receive a higher fifth-round pick and a sixth-round pick. Miami was able to move up in front of Detroit with the transaction.
Asiata said he can play guard and center.
“An offensive lineman needs to play with intellectuality and brutality,” Asiata said.
The Palm Beach Post’s Jason Lieser featured Asiata before the draft.
Among the interesting facts about the giant Asiata: He’s a snowboarder.
Asiata led all linemen in the bench press with 35 reps at 225 pounds and placed 15th in the three-cone drill.
At 24, Asiata is one of the older prospects in this year’s draft class. He did not play in 2011 or ’12 at least in part because he was serving on a Mormon mission in Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas.
The Dolphins have veterans Jermon Bushrod and Ted Larsen projected to start at guard, with Anthony Steen and Kraig Urbik among the players who can provide depth.
After drafting defensive end Charles Harris, linebacker Raekowon McMilland and cornerback Cordrea Tankersley in the first three rounds of the NFL Draft, areas of need for the Dolphins included guard/center, defensive tackle and safety.
Among the players selected in the fourth round that could have fit Miami’s needs were: safety Eddie Jackson (Alabama), guard Dorian Johnson (Pittsburgh), guard Nico Siragusa (San Diego State).
The Dolphins have found some quality players in the fifth round.
For example, Miami selected running back Jay Ajayi (Boise State), cornerback Bobby McCain (Memphis) and cornerback Tony Lippett (Michigan State) in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
In 2010, the Dolphins selected Pro Bowl safety Reshad Jones of Georgia.
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