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The Miami Dolphins passed on a left tackle after trading up Thursday night to the No. 3 overall pick. Instead of taking former Oklahoma tackle Lane Johnson, Miami selected former Oregon defensive end Dion Jordan. Miami filled a need by finding their pass-rushing threat to pair with Pro Bowl defensive end Cameron Wake.
But the Dolphins still need a quality player to protect quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s blindside. Will the Dolphins still draft a left tackle or facilitate a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs for veteran Branden Albert?
Miami still has one second-round pick and two third-round picks at its disposal Friday. There is tremendous value still available in these rounds. But many of the top offensive linemen are already off the board.
Albert is a proven commodity, but he could require a second-round pick and a large contract extension. Although a lot can change Friday, Ireland didn’t seem too optimistic after the first round.
“Well, the Kansas City deal I can say is nowhere right now and neither is the [Davone] Bess one,” Ireland said. “Information gets out, but sometimes they’re not what they appear.”
If trade talks fall through and the Dolphins plan to draft a potential starter at left tackle, they must act fast. Scouts Inc. ranks Florida State’s Menelik Watson (89), Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s Terron Armstead (85) and Colorado’s David Bakhtiari (72) as the best available offensive tackles. There will be mostly projects available after the second round.
The Miami Dolphins passed on a left tackle after trading up Thursday night to the No. 3 overall pick. Instead of taking former Oklahoma tackle Lane Johnson, Miami selected former Oregon defensive end Dion Jordan.