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Miami filled their biggest need with the best player available at that position.
If Miami went quarterback with Ryan Mallett (who was selected 74th; obviously the value would not have been there) they would have selected the fifth quarterback with the 15th overall pick in the draft.
Instead they got the best interior offensive lineman the draft had to offer and now their offensive line is made up of three players selected in the first round (Long, Carey and Pouncey).
With the continued development of John Jerry and Richie Incognito, Miami's offensive line issues may be completely solved.
The only reason this pick doesn't receive a grade of an A is because I would have liked Miami to trade back and still get Pouncey while acquiring more picks in the first round.
Sitting with the 18th overall pick were the San Diego Chargers with five picks in the first three rounds and ammo to trade up.
Overall Miami fans will likely be upset that the Dolphins went with the "safe" pick but the Dolphins took the best player where they needed it the most and absolutely got this pick right.
Miami's offense went from being ranked fourth overall in 2009 in rushing offense to 30th in total offense in 2010 with a 3.7 yard-per-carry average.
The running backs didn't change and the wide receiver position got an upgrade with Brandon Marshall on the squad.
What did change were the personnel on the offensive line and now Miami has addressed the biggest weakness on the team.
Pouncey can play center or switch with Incognito and play guard. In the draft, he was hands down the best pulling guard.