There is debate whether or not the Dolphins should use their first round draft pick on an offensive lineman. I'm not going to argue for or against. Rather, I'll present some facts about the draft positions of the Dolphins as compared to the draft positions of the best linemen in the league based on PFF ratings.
Albert Colledge Pouncey Thomas James
Rd 1 15 Rd 2 47 Rd 1 15 Rd 3 77 Rd 1 10
2008 2006 2011 2013 2014
Interestingly, the Dolphins best linemen, and their best hopes for 2015, are all 1st rounders. When looking at the league's best:
6 of the top 10 centers were chosen no later than the 55th pick. One was undrafted.
7 of the top 10 tackles were chosen no later than the 55th pick. Two were undrafted.
2 of the top 10 guards were 1st rounders. All 10 were chosen in the first four rounds.
The only Dolphin to land on the top ten list was Brandon Albert at #8
There is no right or wrong way to draft offensive linemen. Following is the team, ranking and round.
Dallas: #2 center 1st, #6 tackle 1st, #7 guard 1st. MADE PLAYOFFS
Cleveland: #10 center 1st, #3 tackle 1st, #5 guard 2nd. MISSED PLAYOFFS
Green Bay: #5 center 5th, #3 guard 4th, #4 guard 4th. MADE PLAYOFFS
Philadelphia: #8 center 6th, #1 tackle undrafted, #2 guard 3rd. MISSED PLAYOFFS
As shown, there is no clear cut method for drafting linemen.