With the twenty-second pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins select…
22. Miami Dolphins: Forrest Lamp, OG | Western Kentucky
The Dolphins have drafted 4 offensive linemen since 2008, including last years selection of gas mask bong smoking franchise left tackle Laremy Tunsil. As the Cowboys have shown, a stout line can do wonders for an offense. Last years starting lineup for the Fins included 4 former first round picks in left tackle Branden Albert (2008 by Chiefs), Tunsil at left guard (2016), center Mike Pouncey (2011) and right tackle Ja’Wuan James (2014) and the production was outstanding. Despite Ryan Tannehill going down late in the season, the offensive line cut Tannehill’s sacks from 45 the year prior to just 29. They also paved the way for running back Jay Ajayi’s 1000 yard rushing campaign, which consisted of three 200 yard games. Albert was shipped off to Jacksonville for tight end Julius Thomas which allows Tunsil to slide over to left tackle but leaves a hole at guard. To keep Tannehill from getting hit and maximizing the production of the weapons he now has around him, the Dolphins would be wise to once again select an offensive lineman such as Forrest Lamp with the 22nd pick.
The offense is actually in very good shape especially with head coach Adam Gase calling the shots. The defense on the other end needs help on all three levels after finishing in the bottom half of the league in all major categories (including third worse in average rushing yards allowed per game.). Linebacker is probably the biggest weakness outside of Kiko Alonso in the middle. Hassan Reddick or Jarrad Davis could be an option. On the defensive line Cameron Wake isn’t getting any younger and with Mario Williams gone the Fins went and traded for William Hayes who will probably be too busy chasing mermaids to make a major impact. The Dolphins would be thrilled if Derek Barnett was still on the board. Lamp is a great value pick for an ascending offensive unit, but it wouldn’t surprise me if Dolphins opted to go best defensive player available on April 27th.