Dolphins take DT Christian Wilkins with 13th overall pick in NFL Draft
It’s NFL Draft day and this is a big one for the Miami Dolphins and their new regime. Stay tuned here for live updates throughout Round 1:
So it might not be a franchise quarterback, but the Dolphins got one of the single best players in the 2019 NFL Draft with Christian Wilkins. The defensive tackle helped the Clemson Tigers win a pair of national titles during his time in South Carolina and was a first-team All-American three times. If he had gone to the Draft after last season, he would’ve been a first-round pick.
As a senior, Wilkins piled up 14 tackles for loss and 5 1/2 sacks while playing for the most loaded defensive line in the country. Even more impressive were some of the cameos he made on offense as a running back. Clemson let him run toss plays!
The Dolphins take Christian Wilkins, a defensive tackle from the Clemson Tigers, at No. 13.
The Dolphins will have a decision to make with the No. 13 pick: Do they want to draft Dwayne Haskins?
The Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback began his somewhat surprising slide when the New York Giants opted for Duke Blue Devils quarterback Daniel Jones at No. 6 and, unless someone trades up to No. 12, Miami will have a chance to land the Heisman Trophy finalist. Will they decide to go all in on Haskins, whom general manager Will Grier watched throw at the Ohio State pro day in Columbus?
Ed Oliver’s miniature slide ends at No 9 with the Buffalo Bills grabbing the Houston Cougars defensive tackle.
Oliver was at one point regarded as the likely No. 1 pick and still looked like a possible top-five pick coming into Thursday until the New York Jets opted for Alabama Crimson Tide defensive tackle Quinnen Williams at No. 3. The New York Giants’ decision to take Duke Blue Devils quarterback Daniel Jones at No. 6 kept the slide going.
It never seemed like he would slip to the Dolphins at No. 13, but things are shaping up well for Miami to potentially get a high-level defensive lineman. Florida State Seminoles edge rusher Brian Burns, Clemson Tigers defensive tackle Christian Wilkins, and Mississippi State Bulldogs defensive linemen Montez Sweat and Jeffrey Simmons are all still available with the Dolphins just four picks away from making their choice.
So much for Clelin Ferrell as the Dolphins’ first-round pick. The Clemson Tigers edge rusher didn’t fall to 13. He barely even fell to No. 3 before the Oakland Raiders scooped him up with the No. 4 pick of the first round.
This was certainly a surprise, although there had been some rumors the Raiders could surprise people. This pick certainly qualifies, considering Ferrell projected as a potential late first-round pick.
Miami still has plenty of Clemson options of it wants one, though. Defensive tackles Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence are both likely first-round picks Thursday.
The Arizona Cardinals have officially made former Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray the No. 1 overall pick, which means Josh Rosen is unofficially on the market.
Rosen, whom the Cardinals took in the first round in 2018, has been linked to the Dolphins throughout the process. As teams now jostle for position to draft other first-round prospects like Dwayne Haskins and Daniel Jones, Rosen will be some team’s consolation prize if they can’t pick one of the prospects from the 2019 Draft. Maybe he’ll be Miami’s.
Jawaan Taylor has at least one fan within the Dolphins: Laremy Tunsil.
Taylor, a projected first-round tackle from the Florida Gators, is certainly on the list of possible targets for Miami in the first round and he told a reporter in Nashville he has talked with the Dolphins tackle throughout the process.
“Hopefully they can get me,” Taylor said Tunsil told him. “I can come in and help right away.”
Taylor is a prospect who sould be around when Miami picks at No. 13. Although quarterback and defensive line have been the center of attention, offensive linee is a need for the Dolphins, too. Taylor and Tunsil would give Miami two potential building-block tackles to anchor its offense.
We’re an hour away from the start of the 2019 NFL Draft and the smokescreens are thicker than ever. It seems like the Arizona Cardinals are going to take Kyler Murray at No. 1, but after him nothing is exactly clear. The Washington Redskins are maybe trying to trade up to get Dwayne Haskins or is it Daniel Jones? The Oakland Raiders are maybe going to do something surprising and take someone like Devin White at No. 4 even if Quinnen Williams is still available.
Rumors are also abound surrounding the Dolphins, who need a quarterback, some defensive linemen and pretty much help at every single position. Those needs have put them in play for NFL Draft quarterback prospects like Haskins and Jones, plus Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen.
The better bet for Miami, however, might be to predict a defensive lineman to go to at No. 13 — specifically one from the Clemson Tigers since defensive line coach Marion Hobby coached at Clemson as recently as 2016. Edge rusher Clelin Ferrell, and defensive tackles Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence could all be in play for the Dolphins when they pick Thursday in Nashville. The same could be true for Florida State Seminoles edge rusher Brian Burns, another likely first round pick who played at American Heritage School in Plantation before dominating for three seasons in Tallahassee.
Another option for Miami could be to bolster its offensive line. Alabama Crimson Tide tackle Jonah Williams is top prospect at the position, although it seems unlikely he’ll slip to the Dolphins if they stay put, so would Miami decide to reach for someone like Florida Gators tackle Jawaan Taylor?
The next three days are the first real chance for coach Brian Flores and general manager Chris Grier to make their mark on the franchise. It all gets started at 8 p.m. in Tennessee.