The Miami Dolphins completely revamped their coaching staff this offseason after the hiring of Mike McDaniel. Among the hires was Matt Applebaum as the team’s offensive line coach. Applebaum was hired from Boston College, and that’s where the team goes for their first-round pick.
After a trade back with the New Orleans Saints, who traded back with the Cincinnati Bengals, the Dolphins land Boston College offensive guard Zion Johnson. Johnson should be an immediate fit for a team with needs along the offensive line.
The team will need to prioritize spending big at tackle in free agency, mainly going after Saints left tackle Terron Armstead. If the team does decide to take Johnson, he would slot in as the team’s left guard with Robert Hunt remaining as the team’s right guard.
The Dolphins could go multiple avenues with this pick. The team must address the offensive line first and foremost, tackle should be addressed in free agency, but the team must also address running back and wide receiver. The team could go with Kenneth Walker or Breece Hall here at running back, or see if one of Treylon Burks, Chris Olave, or Jameson Williams fall to this point.
Johnson would be the best offensive lineman available here and his familiarity with Applebaum should help with not just his development on the field, but his adjustment off the field.
Johnson would give the Dolphins an immediate upgrade, but will not be the only offensive lineman added in this draft.