NFL Draft Miami Dolphins Round 1: The Morning after the Night before

I didn’t stay up for the draft last night but I woke with the same feeling as Christmas Day – what had Dolphins GM Dennis Hickey delivered as a first round pick playing the role of Santa?

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Picture from distinctathlete.com

My first port of call was NFL.com, who informed me that we had drafted Offensive Tackle  Ja’wuan James from the University of Tennessee. I’ll be honest, I hadn’t heard of him at all but I was relieved we hadn’t drafted Cryus Kouandijo of Alabama. Their analysis left a lot to be desired and it really felt like this pick had caught them on the hop.

Like I said I didn’t know the name but I saw a few UT (University of Tennessee) games last season and I knew their pass protection was pretty solid as was their run game and in the SEC this isn’t a bad start. So I started to dig a little deeper and the more I dug I liked what I found.

Some of the Positives:

– Although a Right Tackle  he appears to have the ability to move to the left side. This could be a good move in a couple of seasons when Brandon Albert’s shiny new contract expires.

– Started as freshman in the SEC and had 49 starts for the Vols. Athletic and dominant great and looks to be a great zone blocker which is great for the run game and the pass game.

– Part of an Offensive Line that only allowed 23 sacks in 2 years which is the 4th fewest in the NCAA.

– In 2013 played against the number 1 pick Jadevon Clowney who didn’t record a sack (Source Walterfootball.com)

The Only Negative

– Leans a little in pass pro which will open him up to the inside rush move. I say this only having seen a little bit of film and hope to be proved wrong.

Here’s a youtube highlight package I found of Mr James: http://youtu.be/MrbMYz93TLU

 

 

 

Looking forward to the upcoming rounds.

PhinsUp

TIN

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