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Which rookie will have the most impact?  Will Miami add yet another key veteran?  – Denver Post

Here’s the latest installment of our Miami Dolphins Q&A, where South Florida Sun Sentinel writers David Furones and Omar Kelly answer questions from readers.

Q: If you had to guess, which rookie would you say will make the biggest contribution to the team this year? — @ayopyr on Twitter

A: Channing Tindall seems like the easy and obvious choice – and there aren’t many rookies to choose from.

He was the Dolphins’ highest-drafted rookie, albeit a No. 102 pick in the third-round penalty game, and he served as an inside linebacker. The Dolphins still have Jerome Baker, Elandon Roberts and Duke Riley there — Roberts and Riley who were free agents this offseason and re-signed — but it was a position many thought Miami would look to improve on but opted for. continuity instead of an outside free agent.

That could open up an opportunity for Tindall if he gets back on defense quickly, especially with how the Dolphins value Baker’s flexibility, being able to move him to outside linebacker for some matchups.

The only other rookie taken before the seventh round is receiver Erik Ezukanma. While the coaching staff is high on him, it’s hard to imagine him contributing much in 2022 given the Dolphins’ current depth on the receiving corps. Certainly one of the traits they love about him is his ability to make contested takes, so with a taller frame at 6ft 2in he could play that role which isn’t so much the game of the smaller and fast Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle, especially if Cedrick Wilson stays in the slot and Preston Williams fails to hold his weight as a reliable possession receiver for Miami.

In the seventh round, the Dolphins faced outside linebacker Cameron Goode and quarterback Skylar Thompson. Thompson will be the third-string quarterback behind Tua Tagovailoa and Teddy Bridgewater. Goode’s chances of seeing defensive snaps took a hit once the Dolphins picked up veteran Melvin Ingram.

Of the undrafted free agents, offensive tackle Kellen Diesch received the most guaranteed money, a sign the Dolphins see a potential role for him as a reserve lineman. Last year, guard/tackle Robert Jones made the active roster as an undrafted rookie.

Tindall could really make a mark for the Dolphins if he can be a quality special teams contributor. The same can be said of Goode.

Q: What position do you think needs another veteran to take it to the next level? (The challenge is that he can’t be a center or LB) – @CXC_5 on Twitter

Center was the first position I thought of earlier this offseason, but if Connor Williams is working as an option there when Miami also has Michael Deiter and hasn’t moved at this point, it’s starting to look like ‘they can’t do a free agent acquisition there.

Edge rusher probably would have been the other non-offensive line pick, but now Melvin Ingram is on that team. Like Jaelan Phillips, he thinks he will play more as a standing outside linebacker.

Which leads me to believe defensive end might be the choice here. After Emmanuel Ogbah, it’s Daeshon Hall who plays that true 3-4 inning with two defensive tackles, and Hall hasn’t played in an NFL regular season game since 2019.

Of course, if Ogbah gets injured, there are rotations the Dolphins could put in place. Play Jaelan Phillips strictly with his hand in the ground; do something similar with Ingram; increase Adam Butler’s reps and play the 295-pounder at defensive end. But having a viable backup for Ogbah could be an option.

With Eric Rowe as a safety who could spin or support the young starting tandem of Jevon Holland and Brandon Jones, the Dolphins seem good between him and Sheldrick Redwine. If Miami were to cut Rowe for salary cap purposes, a veteran safety is plausible, but perhaps the team only feels comfortable doing so if Verone McKinley proves capable as an undrafted rookie. .

One can also feel free to think outside the box with this one, given that it surprised many when the Dolphins picked Sony Michel, given the depth of returning already on the roster.

Have a question?

E-mail David Furonsor beacon @OmarKelly or @DavidFurones_ on Twitter.

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