Our series looking at potential Miami Dolphins 2013 NFL Draft prospects continues today. Once again, we turn to the SB Nation blog covering the prospect's college team for an insider look.
While Justin Pugh was out this past season with an injury, Syracuse went 1-3. After he returned, Syracuse went 6-2 and won the Pinstripe Bowl. Now, I'm not going to say that Pugh was the missing piece that turned them into a good team, but, I'm not going to NOT say it either.
Pugh is probably the best offensive line prospect Syracuse has produced since Quinn Ojinnaka and he's probably better. I will admit to not being the kind of fan who knows the ins and outs of o-line play but I can tell you Pugh is quick for guy of his size. He's athletic and works extremely well in pass protection.
The big knock against him is his arm length (32"), which apparently makes him a better candidate for guard than tackle. He seems intelligent and capable enough to make the adjustment.
The only other issue is of course injuries. Pugh had a shoulder injury that kept him out of a few games this year. By all accounts, he recovered in full, but lineman are always one reoccurring injury away from ending their career.
Ultimately, I think Pugh would be a solid investment with a 3rd or 4th round selection. He's a class act and he brings with him The Pugh Crew, a group of friends and families that follow him to every game.
Thank you to Keeley for sharing his thoughts on Moore. Check out Troy Nunes is an Absolute Magician for more on Pugh and all things Orange.
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