The Miami Dolphins had Asiata in for a pre-draft visit, and it appeared that both parties felt they had a match, and that they would be back together soon.
“I was excited,” Asiata said about his pre-draft visit. “I was down there and I met with Coach (Adam) Gase and the whole staff. I told them before I left that I really wanted to be a Dolphin. They (drafted a lot of Utah guys in the past) and I’m very blessed, very honored to be the next Utah Ute to go down to Miami. Very excited, guys.”
As I was watching the draft, I started wondering when the 4th RD came and went if we were actually going to draft Asiata, because he was expected to go in the 4th. The 5th RD came, and the Dolphins traded up to pick #164 and nabbed the big Samoan. So after going defense-defense-defense with their first 3 picks, the Dolphins gave the offense a boost with the burly Utah OG.
Asiata was a 3 YR starter at Utah, but started at RT initially, but most of his action was at LG. He did play 7 games at RG in 2014. I like his self description, and his viewpoint on playing on the O-line . . .
“I’m a real hard-nosed football player,” Asiata said. “I believe an offensive lineman needs to play with intellectuality and brutality. He needs to be smart and he also needs to put guys in the dirt. That’s the kind of style of play that I bring to the table and I’m ready to bring that down to Miami.”
Many of us here on FU had an idea that Asiata was going to be the guy, although some held out hope that we would address the O-line earlier. As it turned out, the O-line class was not a particularly strong one, and combine with the fact that the defensive side was so strong, there were only 2 OL drafted in the RD 1, and that was OT Garrett Boles who went to the Broncos at #20, and OT Ryan Ramczyk who went to the Saints at #32. The vaunted Forrest Lamp went in the 2nd RD pick #6 to the Chargers.
I definitely think Asiata has a chance to be a starter here in MIA, but I wouldn’t write it in ink that he’s the opening day starter. Gase loves Bushrod, and if he’s healthy, he’s almost certainly the RG. That leaves the competition open for LG, with Ted Larsen, Anthony Steen, possibly Kraig Urbik, and of course, the aforementioned Isaac Asiata. Asiata brings power and nasty, Larsen brings a little nasty too, and more experience. It should be an interesting battle, but this guy is rooting for Asiata.
GO DOLPHINS! Zero in!