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Could Dolphins add offensive line help in 2018 Draft?

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The NFL season has just three weeks (plus tonight’s Monday Night Football game featuring the Miami Dolphins hosting the New England Patriots) before the regular season is over and the postseason begins. While we are not all the way into Mock Draft season yet, we sure are getting close. SB Nation’s Dan Kadar is already well into publishing a weekly 2018 NFL Mock Draft, with his most recent edition coming out earlier today.

In this week’s edition, he starts about where most people think this Draft will start, with the Cleveland Browns using the first overall pick on UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen. He then sees the New York Giants using the second pick on Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, followed by Penn State running back Saquon Barkley being selected by the Indianapolis Colts.

Then, Kadar projects a trade, with the Buffalo Bills using their two first-round picks to leap up to the fourth overall pot to grab USC quarterback Sam Darnold. The fifth pick then becomes the Denver Broncos selecting Texas offensive tackle Connor Williams.

Jumping to the Dolphins, who are 12th in this mock draft, Kadar has Miami using their first round pick on an offensive lineman:

12. Miami Dolphins: Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame

This obviously isn't a fun, sexy pick, but it would be a smart one. Nelson is one of the best players in the draft and could help improve a Miami offensive line that is a mess.

There are a lot of people out there who could see the Dolphins trying to get one of the top quarterbacks, but that seems unlikely given the return of Ryan Tannehill for next year. That means the team will be looking to address one of their top needs - and there are plenty that a “best player available” concept could still fit a need - whether it be offensive lineman, linebacker, tight end, or defensive end. Picking a guard with the 12th pick does feel like it is really early for that selection, but there is no arguing that the offensive line in Miami is a mess, and they have to address it...again.

This would mark the third time in five years the team has selected an offensive lineman in the first round (2014 -Ju’Wuan James; 2016 - Laremy Tunsil). Add in Mike Pouncey back in 2011, and the team has used several first-round selections to try to fix the front line.

What do you think of the selection? How would you react to an offensive lineman in the first round?


What would you grade Miami’s selection of Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame?

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