The Miami Dolphins selected North Dakota State offensive lineman Billy Turner in the third round of the 2014 NFL draft. Turner can play offensive tackle or guard, but he projects as a guard in Miami, where a potential starter is needed.
ESPN.com’s Dolphins page continues to look at each prospect this week and examine the skills they bring to the table. Here is Turner’s scouting report via Scouts Inc.:
“Above average recognizing and picking up pressure off edge in pass pro. Keeps head on a swivel but late seeing some line stunts. Ducks head and below average locating linebacker on combination blocks. Adequate locating assignment when pulls. ... Got some mean in him. Can put assignment on ground and not let him up. Above average initial aggressiveness but doesn't always block to and through the whistle. Content to get into position and wall off assignment at times.”
Turner will have a solid chance to compete for a starting spot at guard opposite Shelley Smith. Turner will compete with Sam Brenner, Nate Garner and possible 2013 third-round pick Dallas Thomas. It’s a deep group but the best lineman will win. Turner comes from a small school and must prove he can make the jump to top-level competition.