Is First Round Linebacker The Right Option?
It’s guessing game at this point, maybe it will be LB in the first round?
The first round of the 2017 NFL Draft is quickly approaching, and the Miami Dolphins need to pull off one of their best drafts to improve on last year… and the first round will be critical.
This draft is considered by many to be especially loaded on Defense. This is a huge advantage to the Dolphins, who definitely need to add more pieces on Defense than on Offense. But, however “loaded” it is or not, hitting on the right players is the real key.
Depending on how the first round shakes out–prior to Miami’s selection–will have a lot to do with what Miami eventually does with the 22nd overall pick. Most NFL football fans are betting that Miami is going to use this first pick on defense, even though interior line is a serious need. But if they do go defense, and go linebacker specifically, there are two that should be on the board and are definitely worth selecting; T.J. Watt, and Zach Cunningham.
First round could be several different positions, but LB makes a lot of sense.
I lean towards Cunningham, because he is a tackling machine that’s phenomenal against the run. Last year he had 125 tackles, with 16.5 tackles for a loss, 3 passes batted, and 2 forced fumbles. He has excellent instincts and excels against the run, which is exactly what we need on this team. While his natural position is inside linebacker, it appears that the Dolphins new signee Lawrence Timmons is most likely going to be the starting inside linebacker. But that ‘s fine, because Cunningham can play on the outside to start his career, then move back inside later on.
The other option might be J.J. Watt’s younger brother,T.J. He isn’t even near the talent of J.J., but he’s definitely starting linebacker material in the NFL. And considering the pedigree that he comes from, I wouldn’t bet against him. T.J. has gotten better each season, and last year he made 63 tackles with 15.5 tackles for a loss, 11.5 sacks, 4 passes batted, and 2 forced fumbles. Whenever you watch tape on him you can see that he has a nose for the football.
First round picks must start and Miami can’t afford not to make the right choice.
The best thing about these two players–besides being guys that can and should start from day one–they could be had even if Miami trades down and gets an extra draft pick in the process. With Zach Brown a Redskin now, they must find someone to pair will Koa Misi, because FA options are currently very limited. The Dolphins WILL draft a LB. The question is, when? What are the rest of the Miami Dolphins News fans thoughts about selecting either of these two Linebackers with our first round pick?