The Dolphins didn’t wait long to address one of their biggest needs in the 2014 draft, nabbing tackle Ja’Wuan James with the 19th overall pick in the first round.
James fills a major need for a Dolphins team that saw their offensive line fail to function on or off the field during the 2013 season. James is pencilled into the starting right tackle spot as one of four new starters around center Mike Pouncey, but nothing could be written in ink until James used some to sign his contract.
James posted a picture of himself doing just that on Twitter Thursday. As the other 31 first-round picks from May have done or will do, James signed a four-year deal with a team option for a fifth year.
With James signed, guard Billy Turner is the only unsigned member of the Dolphins’ draft class and one of only a handful of unsigned players from around the league. Turner could also start this season, which would make for quite a fresh start on the offensive line in Miami after everything went pear-shaped for them last year.