Round Two – 54th Overall
Dorian Johnson, OG, Pittsburgh (6-foot-5, 300 pounds)
The first round pick begets the second round pick.
Even though the Dolphins signed free agent guard Ted Larsen and re-signed Jermon Bushrod, who started all 16 games at right guard for the team in 2016, there’s still a need for competition and depth along the interior of the O-Line.
Taking Dorian Johnson satisfies Miami’s need at guard, but at a point where the team can also take care of a more glaring need first.
Johnson checks all the boxes needed to be an NFL lineman. He’s 6-foot-5, 300 pounds with long arms and big hands. He’s a solid athlete, evident by his 30-inch vertical leap and 114-inch broad jump, and he was productive in college – being named first-team all-ACC and a select All-American in 2016.
There aren’t any glaring holes in Davis’ game. He is good as a run blocker with his powerful lower body and hip flexibility. His long arms and smarts when it comes to hand placement make him good as a pass blocker.
With Laremy Tunsil kicking out to left tackle this coming season, Johnson can come in and compete right away with Larsen for the starting left guard spot. Or the team could elect to play Johnson on right side and move Bushrod to left guard – so not to play two young linemen next to each other.
Either way, in taking Johnson, Miami gets a player who was described as “hard-nosed and smart” and a player who will be a “Ten-year starter in the league” by NFL scouts.
You can bet Ryan Tannehill and Jay Ajayi would approve of this pick.