Pick: Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame
It was assumed that the Dolphins would address at least some of their offensive line needs when they first pick at No. 19 overall.
Defensive tackle Louis Nix III out of Notre Dame seemed like the best available first-round fit, especially with rumors raging about Miami's impending acquisition of offensive tackle Branden Albert and signs they will not be re-signing defensive tackles Paul Soliai and Randy Starks.
Were it not for a nagging injury that ultimately ended his 2013 season, Nix might be a lock for the top 10 in this year's draft. Worries about recovery time have dogged his draft stock as well, though he was able to participate at the NFL Scouting Combine.
He could still go quite high in the draft, but he fell all the way to the No. 19 pick here.
Nix is suited well as a two-gap defender in a 3-4 defense, but he was also effective in one-gap formations for Notre Dame. He excels as a runs-stuffing nose tackle, and he flashed potential as an inside pass-rusher.
If selected, Nix would be a viable replacement for Soliai, assuming the 30-year-old, run-stuffing defensive tackle signs elsewhere. Soliai came into the league as a nose tackle in Miami's 3-4 defense, and he transitioned well to the 4-3 the Dolphins have run for the past couple of seasons.
Known as "Irish Chocolate," Nix has a colorful personality that has won him plenty of fans on social media. The Dolphins could use a little lightheartedness after the public relations nightmare they've been embroiled in since last season.