Dolphins meeting with Dallas Goedert, Hayden Hurst

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The Dolphins cut Julius Thomas and Anthony Fasano is a free agent, which means Miami is without two players who saw 1,138 offensive snaps between them during the 2017 season.

That’s led many to predict that the Dolphins will be taking a tight end in the early part of the draft later this month. Two of the players who could be possibilities are visiting with the team on Wednesday.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that South Carolina’s Hayden Hurst and South Dakota State’s Dallas Goedert are in Miami to meet with the team. Both players have been projected as potential selections during the first two days of the draft.

Goedert caught 164 passes for 2,404 yards and 18 touchdowns over his final two collegiate seasons. Hurst wasn’t quite as productive — 92 catches for 1,175 yards and three touchdowns — but earns good marks as a balanced tight end who can contribute as both a receiver and a blocker.

Oklahoma’s Mark Andrews and Penn State’s Mike Gesicki generally join Goedert and Hurst at the top of the rankings for tight ends. Seeing any of them wind up with the Dolphins will not come as a great surprise later this month.

3 responses to “Dolphins meeting with Dallas Goedert, Hayden Hurst

  1. If you want an impactful TE with good receiving and blocking skills, then draft one of the top guys. There is usually a dropoff in skills after the first 2-3 guys and sometimes it is after #1. Don’t snag somebody from the middle of the also-rans and expect him to be what the offense needs him to be. If Tannehill is the guy then don’t burn the first team pick on a guy that will compete or primarily be the backup. If there is a TE that looks to be like Gronk/Kelce/etc. then trade up/back to get him and build the team with a chance to win.

  2. While I don’t think taking a QB with the 11th pic is realistic, I can’t agree that a TE is high enough on our long-term needs to select either.

    I am hopeful that they are able to address our long-standing need at LB with a first round talent that can have an immediate impact.

  3. I’d rather see a LB with the first pick but if there is an elite TE then they should be giving him serious consideration. Lack of TE production looked to be a major contributor to the Dolphins’ offensive stagnation. It just seemed to be an issue to me.

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