FOXBORO -- It sure wasn't a sexy pick for the fans in South Beach, but the Dolphins filled a glaring need when they took Tennessee tackle Ja'Wuan James with the No. 19 pick in the draft on Thursday night.
The offensive line group in Miami was a mess following the departures of Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin. First-year GM Dennis Hickey did a good job of starting to rebuild, signing tackle Branden Albert and guard Shelley Smith, but there were still openings for starting roles in front of Ryan Tannehill on the right side going into the draft.
That's where the new guy comes in.
James is 6-foot-6 and 311 pounds and he's as durable as they come at that size. He started every game of his four-year career at right tackle, a school record 49 consecutive starts.
There are scouts who have questioned James' effort from snap to snap, but there is no doubt he looks the part of a starting NFL tackle.