Yes, it is time for another 2017 NFL Mock Draft. It’s draft day, so mock drafts will dominate the day. This time, we are turning to NFL Media’s Dan Jeremiah and his final version of the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Earlier today, we saw ESPN’s Mel Kiper, Jr., project Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster to the Miami Dolphins while his compatriot Todd McShay saw Miami selecting UCLA defensive end Takkarist McKinley. Will Jeremiah back up either of those selections?
Jeremiah has the Dolphins selecting a very popular pick from throughout mock draft season. With the 22nd overall pick, Jeremiah sees Miami selecting Western Kentucky guard Forrest Lamp. Explaining the pick, he is fairly straight forward, writing, “Laremy Tunsil kicks out to left tackle this season, which creates an opening at guard.”
He is exactly right, in that the Dolphins do have a need at guard, but they do not seem to worry that it is a need they must address in the Draft. They could just choose to allow a position battle between Ted Larsen, Kraig Urbik, and Anthony Steen settle the starter at the left guard spot.
That said, Lamp does appear to be a solid option in this draft, and would give the team the top rated inside offensive lineman on the board. It would not be a bad selection for the team, and they could still end up with a talented linebacker, cornerback, or defensive lineman in the second round, but skipping some of those players in the first round would have to mean Miami is completely sold on Lamp as their left guard for the next several years.
How would you react if Lamp is the name read when the Dolphins make their first-round pick?