After recently finishing my first-round mock draft for the upcoming NFL Draft, I currently have the Miami Dolphins selecting Western Kentucky offensive lineman, Forrest Lamp.
Lamp, who would immediately enter a position battle with recently acquired Ted Larsen for starting left guard on the Dolphins’ offensive line, was a left tackle at WKU, but most draft analysts believe his best position in the National Football League will be at guard.
Projected by most analysts to go in the late first or early second round, Lamp would provide the Dolphins with a powerful interior lineman who excels in run blocking while also possessing the athleticism to handle the speed of NFL pass rushers.
If the Dolphins select Lamp, and last year’s first-round selection Laremy Tunsil proves to be the left tackle we all think he can become, the left side of the Dolphins’ offensive line would seem to be in very good shape for the foreseeable future.
Here’s a look at some of the other potential prospects the Dolphins would be passing over in favor of Lamp.
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Zach Cunningham — Linebacker — Vanderbilt
There’s no denying the fact that the Dolphins could still use help at linebacker despite the fact that they signed Lawrence Timmons and extended Kiko Alonso this offseason.
With that being said, the team is likely to select a linebacker at some point in the draft, but with how Miami has handled free agency to this point, there was definitely a higher emphasis on linebacker compared to offensive line, which may lead to more urgency to select a lineman early in the draft.
Jonathan Allen — Defensive Lineman — Alabama
If Jonathan Allen falls in the draft due to his potential shoulder issues the Dolphins may find themselves in a similar situation as last year when a top-tier prospect falls to them in the first round.
While this would be quite the fall for the Alabama prospect, it would be risky for the Dolphins to take a chance on Allen with the amount of positions they can safely address with the 22nd overall selection.
Defensive tackle is still a position of need that can be addressed in the draft, but selecting a lineman with potential shoulder issues, who is engaged with an opposing team’s player on each snap, might not be the ideal use of a first-round pick.
Charles Harris — Linebacker — Missouri/Jordan Willis — Defensive End — Kansas State
It’s pretty clear that Miami is going to need to add a pass rusher in the very near future as Cameron Wake isn’t getting any younger, the Mario Williams and Dion Jordan experiments failed, and recently added William Hayes is signed to just a one-year contract.
While the Dolphins locked up Andre Branch this offseason, you can never have too many options when it comes to pass rushers, and the current depth at the position doesn’t feature players you’d tend to be excited about.
Charles Harris was very productive during his time at Missouri, but he seems more likely to succeed in the NFL as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defensive scheme.
Willis would be a great fit for the Dolphins as a defense end in their 4-3 system due to his ability to set the edge against the run and his knack for disrupting opposing-teams quarterbacks, but selecting him at No. 22 overall may be a bit of a reach when the team could potentially trade back and select him or hope he lasts until the their second-round pick.
Also, see below for my entire 2017 first round NFL Mock Draft. Let me know what you think of all of these picks and the players that the Miami Dolphins could select in the first round.
— Ben Morgan (@LoadedBox_Ben) April 16, 2017