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Friday, April 26, 2013
Will Dolphins draft or trade for a left tackle?

By James Walker

The Miami Dolphins passed on a left tackle after trading up Thursday night to the No. 3 overall pick. Instead of taking former Oklahoma tackle Lane Johnson, Miami selected former Oregon defensive end Dion Jordan. Miami filled a need by finding their pass-rushing threat to pair with Pro Bowl defensive end Cameron Wake.

But the Dolphins still need a quality player to protect quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s blindside. Will the Dolphins still draft a left tackle or facilitate a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs for veteran Branden Albert?

Miami still has one second-round pick and two third-round picks at its disposal Friday. There is tremendous value still available in these rounds. But many of the top offensive linemen are already off the board.

Albert is a proven commodity, but he could require a second-round pick and a large contract extension. Although a lot can change Friday, Ireland didn’t seem too optimistic after the first round.

“Well, the Kansas City deal I can say is nowhere right now and neither is the [Davone] Bess one,” Ireland said. “Information gets out, but sometimes they’re not what they appear.”

If trade talks fall through and the Dolphins plan to draft a potential starter at left tackle, they must act fast. Scouts Inc. ranks Florida State’s Menelik Watson (89), Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s Terron Armstead (85) and Colorado’s David Bakhtiari (72) as the best available offensive tackles. There will be mostly projects available after the second round.