The Miami Dolphins head into April, the month of the 2017 NFL Draft, needing to knock the draft out of the park.
They have had an extremely smart and calculated free agency, adding skill players at key positions. They have re-signed their own, demonstrating a change of culture. But that culture needs to extend to the NFL Draft, where the Dolphins have struggled picking cornerstone players in the past decade.
The Dolphins still have needs across the roster, with glaring holes at the offensive guard position as well as at basically every defensive position sans cornerback.
Here are three viable first round options for the Miami Dolphins, who have the 22nd overall pick in the NFL Draft.
For me, Reddick is the best possible realistic option for the Dolphins at 22nd overall. I recently wrote an article commending his versatility, and I think he could start from Day 1 at OLB for the Dolphins, keeping Kiko Alonso inside to go along with Lawrence Timmons on the other side. This is a huge upgrade over the team's linebackers last year, and Reddick would also bring a special pass rushing ability to the team. He had 9.5 sacks last season for the Owls. Reddick's an overall monster, and the three down linebacker the 'Phins need to build their defense of the future around.
I think Lamp will be the second offensive linemen off the board after Ryan Ramczyk, and if he falls to 22nd overall, I think the Dolphins seriously consider him. Lamp has flown up draft boards, especially after scouts review his tape against Alabama Crimson Tide, where he frankly dominated the NCAA's best defensive line. Lamp would be a plug-and-play option for a Dolphins line projecting to start two aging former Chicago Bears players in Jermon Bushrod (back with the team after starting 17 games last year) and Ted Larsen. While Bushrod proved to be a capable starter, I worry about his durability next year. Lamp is a mean, hands first blocker that can get to the second level in the rushing game. He played OT in college, and would be great insurance should Laremy Tunsil or Ja'Wuan James get injured.
Not only does this Wolverine have a Michigan connection with Stephen Ross, but I think he will be available to the Dolphins at 22nd overall. I would rank Taco third behind the previous two players, but the Dolphins desperately need young pass rushers NOW to learn from Cameron Wake while he is still in the league. Charlton would enter the defensive line rotation immediately, and would spell both Wake and Branch. Having a DE rotation of Wake, Branch, Fede and Charlton would be deadly next to Ndamukong Suh.