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Team: Miami Dolphins
Position: Offensive Tackle
The Miami Dolphins allowed more sacks than any other team in the NFL last year, and although some of the blame rest on the quarterback and play-caller, this offense could use an upgrade in the trenches.
Ja’Wuan James might have been a surprise first-round selection for some out there, but those in the know understand what he brings to the table. He is absolutely a first-round talent and has a great chance to be the most dominant offensive tackle in this class.
With that said, watch out for Billy Turner as well. He plays the offensive line position exactly the way I’d want in a prospect—physical, aggressive, mean and nasty are the adjectives to describe him.
He is a sleeper prospect and a great value for the Dolphins in the third round.
As poorly as Miami drafted overall in 2014, I love what the team did on the offensive line specifically.
Turner, a small-school kid with big upside, is expected to be the immediate backup to newly acquired free agent Branden Albert and first-round pick James. However, at some point James is going to have to see the field. He is simply too good to be wasted on the bench. The Dolphins might have to consider moving him inside to play one of the two guard spots.
High-priced free agents and first-round draft picks don’t lose their jobs to mid-round rookies, but Turner is going to make that decision a lot tougher than expected.
Ryan Riddle is a former NFL player who writes for Bleacher Report.
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