The Miami Dolphins missed out on the perceived top four tight ends of the 2014 draft class during Days 1 and 2, but found an all-around skill set at the position with Georgia product Arthur Lynch in the fifth round. Lynch doesn’t have any overly impressive traits, which is probably a big reason why he was was attainable in the fifth round, but he does enough things well to likely earn a roster spot in Miami this summer.
He’s capable of contributing as a receiver in the short-to-intermediate passing game, but lacks the speed and route-running prowess to become a true seam threat. His 6-foot-5 frame will give quarterback Ryan Tannehill a big target to throw to, though.
Lynch will undoubtedly have to make his mark as an inline blocker. He seems to have the toughness necessary to fulfill that task, but still needs to refine his technique as a blocker. Although the Dolphins would have benefited from a big, athletic target at the tight end position, a reliable blocker can surely be put to good use. Even though Charles Clay emerged as a productive receiving option last season, he struggled mightily as a blocker. Rookie Dion Sims, who was nabbed last April to become an all-around tight end for the offense, didn’t fare much better as an inline blocker.
While Lynch is no guarantee to be a huge upgrade as an inline tight end for the Dolphins, he has the ability to emerge as one with dedication to his craft. The addition of Lynch could spell trouble for Michael Egnew, a disappointing former third-round pick, and the aforementioned Sims.
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