ASU Football: Evan Finkenberg's role with the Miami Dolphins

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Sun Devils' former tackle may make the practice squad.

If there is one area that the Miami Dolphins need help most desperately, it's along the offensive line. In particular, they need to protect quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

The Dolphins allowed a league-worst 58 sacks last year and the running game wasn't impressive either and averaged only 90 rushing yards per game (26th in the NFL).

In response, Miami drafted two offensive tackles: Ja'Wuan James from Tennessee in the first round (19th overall) and Billy Turner from North Dakota State in the third round (67th overall).

Miami didn't only address their offensive line needs in the draft, they also signed two offensive tackles as undrafted free agents, one of whom was Arizona State left tackle Evan Finkenberg. But where does Finkenberg fit along Miami's porous offensive line?

The Dolphins are set at center with Mike Pouncey and James might start from day one at right tackle. Miami also signed tackle Branden Albert during the offseason locking up their left tackle spot, leaving the guards as the only question mark.

There are four guards currently listed on the Dolphins roster: Shelley Smith, Nate Garner, David Arkin and Dallas Thomas who is listed as a guard/tackle. Those guards have a minimum of two years of experience in the NFL.

The good news for Finkenberg is that he's versatile enough to play both guard and tackle and that gives him a fighting chance. There's also the fact that the Dolphins are going to be learning a new offense under new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor. This means most everybody starts with a clean slate and that's good news for Finkenberg.

All that said, Finkenberg has a good shot to make the the practice squad, which will give him some time to develop. After a year or two he may be ready to compete for a spot on the 53-man roster.

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