To say that the Miami Dolphins selection of offensive tackle Ja’Wuan James was underwhelming would be an under-statement. In reality, the selection of an offensive tackle was set up by Miami Dolphins GM Dennis Hickey’s failure to address the position during free agency.
The Dolphins spent almost the entire 10 minutes trying to trade the pick. One pick later the Arizona Cardinals traded their pick to New Orleans for the Saints number 27th spot and a 3rd round pick. Two picks later the Browns traded up to 23 giving up their 26th in round one and a third round pick.
While James will definitely fill a hole for the Dolphins, there is no certainty that he will be an absolute day one starter. James should develop into a solid NFL lineman but will he be a Pro-Bowler? Will he unquestionably take the RT spot from Shelley Smith?
The Dolphins also likely could have had James later in round one making a trade down. Ultimately the team has addressed the right side of their line but was James the right choice?