The Miami Dolphins top goal in the offseason was to fix the offensive line. They brought in a new left tackle, a new left guard, and a new right tackle. Jason Fox just got some competition at that right tackle spot.
Ja’Wuan James had been more than rumored as a player the Miami Dolphins liked. In fact, it wasn’t a very good secret. Question was, should they take him at the 19th pick?
Turns out, for them, that was just right.
New GM Dennis Hickey says the team did field calls to move down in the draft, but in the end they decided to stay at 19 and take their guy.
Would they have taken Zack Martin, CJ Mosley, or Ryan Shazier, 3 players I had heard they liked if they had fallen? We’ll never know unless they tell us.
How far could they have traded down before risking losing James? I had heard that at least 2 teams behind them in the first round liked James a lot. Just because mock drafts didn’t have him in the first round doesn’t mean that couldn’t be true.
Certainly Miami passed on some guys I liked more. I liked some guys that wouldn’t have addressed their most pressing need. I liked Dominique Easley and Louis Nix III along the defensive line. I like Ha Ha Clinton Dix at safety. I liked Kelvin Benjamin at WR.
But, it’s hard to be too upset over taking a player, who if he is as good as they hope, should start from day one. Last year the team addressed talent (Dion Jordan) over need. Although I believe in Jordan, it was a disaster last year. Perhaps Hickey felt he couldn’t do what the last guy did.
Can’t say I blame him.