Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Dolphins eying Oklahoma left tackle, could trade up


The Miami Dolphins have yet to fill the void left by former All-Pro left tackle Jake Long, and it seems more and more likely they'll do so via the draft.

However, if they go that route, the pick-heavy squad may have to pay a little extra.

Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post tweeted Sunday that "the name [he] keeps hearing for the Dolphins and their first pick" is Oklahoma tackle Lane Johnson.

Volin added that Miami would probably need to trade up from No. 12 overall to do so, which would mean it surrender its 54th or 77th overall selection in addition to the first-rounder. Miami currently has 11 picks at its disposal.

Agent Drew Rosenhaus told Volin he's "hearing from everyone" that the Dolphins plan on taking a tackle in the first round.

Johnson joins Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher in the elite, top-10-worthy offensive tackle prospect group. Johnson put together a monster combine, running a 4.74 40-yard dash and tallying a 34-inch vertical leap. As CBS Sports notes, his 40 was faster than Anquan Boldin's in 2003, and the vertical tied that of A.J. Green's in 2011.

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