After Dustin Keller went down with a horrific knee injury in the beginning of the 2013-14 NFL season, it looked like Ryan Tannehill wouldn’t have a competent tight end to work with for the year. That logic went out the window when Charles Clay became a real playmaker in the offense. Even though Clay was among the league’s bests last year at the tight end position, the Miami Dolphins still went out and drafted Arthur Lynch out of Georgia in the the fifth round.
Bringing in a player like Lynch was a smart investment, because he will immediately be an upgrade in the run-blocking game over Clay. At 6-foot-5, 260 pounds, and with 33 inch arms, Lynch has the tools to be an impact-player in the run game. The Dolphins want to run the ball next year to open up the passing game for Tannehill, and Lynch will play an important role at sealing the edge.
Many have compared Lynch to Jason Witten in terms of their run-blocking ability and their ability to make all of the catches on the short and intermediate routes. Lynch was primed for a breakout junior season, but when Aaron Murray tore his ACL, that took a huge a toll on Lynch’s production. With raw hands and subpar route-running, Lynch will need to get better at both facets of his game to make a contribution in his rookie year. The good thing about Lynch is that he is a hardworking kid with a great motor. It will be interesting to see how Lynch and Clay progress with each other going into training camp.