With the NFL Draft fast approaching, teams continue their last few days of maneuvering and talking to prospects. Along those lines, the Dolphins, sitting with the 13th overall pick, will host two of the prominent players names that allegedly won’t take long to be called starting with round one on Thursday, April 25th.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported first on Monday morning that the Fins will welcome in Michigan linebacker Devin Bush and Florida offensive lineman Jawaan Taylor both for official interviews at their facility:
Michigan linebacker Devin Bush and UF offensive tackle Jawaan Taylor visiting the Dolphins today.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 15, 2019
We have written extensively already about Taylor, the massive offensive tackle who many believe may be the first one taken, even before the Dolphins are ready to make their selection at 13. Taylor primarily played right tackle in the best conference in college football, the SEC. And, he would also be a compliment to the Dolphins left tackle, whom they took in the first round three years ago, Laremy Tunsil.
As for Bush, he was the 2018 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year for the Wolverines, who had 66 total tackles, 8.5 of them for losses and another 4 and 1/2 sacks. However, Bush had an even better sophomore season in 2017 with 95 tackles, 10 for loss and 5.5 sacks. He was an AP First Team All American that year.
The 5’11 233 lbs. Bush is a little undersized for the NFL, but he comes out of a tradition rich program for developing pro Talent. And, it is believed that Bush would still be available, if the Dolphins are “sitting pat” with their selection at 13.
New coach Brian Flores with his new defensive coordinator Patrick Graham, obviously have concerns about restocking the defensive side of the ball. This is especially, after losing veteran defensive end Cam Wake to free agency and the Titans. Then, Miami elected to trade veteran pass rusher Robert Quinn to the Cowboys last month, too.
This is leading to much speculation in South Florida that the Dolphins first pick will be some type of defensive end/edge rusher in round one, which is one of the deepest positions in the draft.
However, as we laid out above, the linebacker and defensive tackle positions are also needs for Miami and it’s very possible that one of the guys they are hosting the day may end up being the pick
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