The Miami Dolphins appear to have a new offensive tackle in the mix — and they’ve secured a trade to add him before the opening of the league calendar next week. It was reported last night that the Miami Dolphins will be adding Isaiah Wilson to the mix, the 2020 rookie tackle who struggled to stay out of trouble off the field in Tennessee and found himself out after just one year with the Titans organization.
Miami’s investment and risk is low — but the team adds yet another tackle to the mix after drafting two tackles in the top-40 picks of the 2020 NFL Draft in Austin Jackson and Robert Hunt. And with one of the prospects closely tied to the Dolphins in the predraft process also playing offensive tackle in Oregon’s Penei Sewell, the Dolphins appear primed for be crossing someone’s name off the list. Robert Hunt is a candidate to step inside and play guard. A move inside there would open up one tackle spot, which would ideally be filled by Wilson (given he’s already on the roster and plays the right side), preventing a logjam that would otherwise result in wasteful spending elsewhere.
But that still wouldn’t open the door for Sewell to find room on the roster without pushing Austin Jackson (or Wilson) out of the lineup completely. So, with that in mind, is drafting Sewell now out of the question?
The inconvenient truth of the Dolphins’ dice roll on Isaiah Wilson is that he should not be counted on for anything at this point in time. This move is a lottery ticket for the Dolphins on a player who they clearly liked in the pre-draft process last season. But Wilson’s list of missteps in Tennessee with the Titans are extensive, including:
- An August appearance at a Tennessee State University party amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the Titans in training camp. The police report read that Wilson was attempting to jump off the second story balcony upon police arrival.
- A September auto accident that had him arrested for DUI after wrecking his car while doing donuts in downtown Nashville.
- An October automobile accident that totaled his vehicle.
- A December suspension by the Titans for a “violation of team rules”.
- A New Years eve party on a yacht while his teammates prepared for a “win or go home” matchup in Week 17.
Wilson’s presence on the roster shouldn’t prevent the team from any additions to any position; including at offensive tackle. The hope for Miami is that Brian Flores can connect with a young man who is clearly in need of some guidance, mentorship and direction both on and off the football field. And before Miami banks on anything from Wilson on the gridiron, he’ll have to show that he’s a reliable presence off of it. That won’t come between now and April’s NFL Draft — so consider all avenues still on the table for Miami. Including Penei Sewell.