DAVIE – You’re in charge of making the Dolphins’ first-round draft pick in May. Ask yourself this question:
Are you leaning toward selecting an offensive tackle with the No. 19 selection?
If you’re among those who thinks the Dolphins’ No. 1 off-season priority is rebuilding the offensive line, and if you think the draft has to be an integral part of that construction project, your inclination should be toward selecting an offensive tackle in the first round.
It’s not the only option, but right now, it’s the best option.
The Dolphins could need four new starters on the offensive line. Granted, that could be addressed through free agency and the lower rounds of the draft.
But a major reason for rebuilding the offensive line the right way, in a way that endures, is so you can protect quarterback Ryan Tannehill, your No. 1 hope for success.
Tannehill was sacked a NFL-worst 58 times last year. It’s a small miracle he wasn’t injured. Despite the unstable pocket, Tannehill showed promise. If you give him time to drop back and pass it seems likely he can utilize his talented, veteran wide receivers and get the offense going.
A quality offensive lineman could also help the anemic rushing offense.
The first-round pick needs to be an offensive lineman. It’s the biggest area of need.