Offensive tackle prospect is too tempting for Dolphins to sit and wait for.
The Miami Dolphins are stepping up their interest in Lane Johnson as their first round pick, but know that they must trade up in order to sign him.
After letting former first round pick Jake Long leave the team via free-agency this off-season, the Miami Dolphins know that they must draft an elite offensive tackle if they are to continue on their mission to becoming a serious contender in the AFC.
The player they have identified as their target seems to be Lane Johnson of Oklahoma. Despite being considered the third best offensive tackle in the league, he is still widely expected to go in the top 10, and with Miami sitting at 12, they will need a huge amount of luck for him to fall there.
The rumours are continuing to grow that they are in a position to trade up to the Cleveland Browns number six picks, in an attempt to beat Arizona to drafting the incredible prospect.
That is not to say that Detroit Lions will select the player with the number five pick themselves, who could also do with upgrading their left tackle position.
This trade is likely to happen. The Dolphins went big in free agency and have made it clear that they intend to challenge New England for the AFC East crown immediately, and by selecting a player who can protect Ryan Tannehill from day one, it will certainly improve their chances of achieving their dreams.