With two weeks to go before the NFL draft, rumors are easier to come by than solid news. And one of the most persistent rumors has been that the Dolphins want to trade up from the No. 12 overall pick to draft Oklahoma left tackle Lane Johnson.
But Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports that the Dolphins aren’t as high on Johnson as the folks perpetrating that rumor are suggesting.
In fact, Salguero reports that the Dolphins like Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel and Central Michigan left tackle Eric Fisher “much, much, much more than Johnson.” Salguero adds that the Dolphins have some concerns about Johnson as a left tackle.
If the Dolphins do want to trade up in the first round, they’re well positioned to do so: They own 11 draft picks, including five in the Top 82, thanks to receiving the Colts’ second-round pick for Vontae Davis and the Bears’ third-round pick for Brandon Marshall. They have the picks they’d need to move into the Top 10 if that’s what they want to do.
But if that’s what they’re doing, it probably won’t be for Johnson.