The Dolphins moved to address one of their major needs with their first pick on Thursday night, selecting Tennessee offensive tackle Ja’Wuan James No. 19 overall.
James (6-6, 311) is likely to immediately compete for playing time at right tackle for Miami, which had major offensive line problems a season ago. He was a 49-game starter for the Volunteers.
In addition to drafting James, the Dolphins added left tackle Branden Albert (ex-Kansas City) and guard Shelley Smith (ex-Houston) in free agency.
The Dolphins have one pick in each of the next six rounds, including the No. 50 overall pick in Round Two.