We’re a little more than a week away from the start of the draft and the maneuvering is in high gear.
Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald reports that the Dolphins will not meet with former Oklahoma tackle Lane Johnson before NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell starts announcing the picks on April 25 in New York City. Johnson is considered one of the top three left tackle prospects in this year’s draft, usually listed just behind Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel and Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher, and many expect the Dolphins to be in the market for a tackle in the draft.
Not meeting with Johnson hardly eliminates him from consideration as a possible Miami pick, even if there are other reports that Miami is higher on Joeckel and Fisher. Every year we see teams employ various manners of misdirection to keep their rivals from gleaning what they plan to do when they’re on the clock and then wind up picking a guy that wasn’t thought to be on their radar.
As Beasley points out, the Dolphins met with Johnson at the combine and they have plenty of ways to judge his on-field performance without having another meeting before the draft. They’d likely have to trade up to assure themselves a chance at any of the three top tackles, so they’ll only be able to disguise their intentions so long if they are trying to make people think Johnson isn’t a target.