Post-free agency full NFL two-round mock: Redskins trade down
By Ian Cummings
There are four offensive tackles clearly above the rest in the 2020 NFL Draft class, but if there was ever a fifth to challenge them, it would be TCU’s Lucas Niang. Josh Jones and Austin Jackson are the most frequent inclusions as the extra offensive tackles in the first round, but Niang might deserve that distinction the most.
Of course, a lot depends on Niang’s medical situation, and he has some things up in the air with his hip at the moment. But when healthy, Niang is a very enticing blocker with his functional ability at 6-foot-7, 328. He offers great power and poise at the point of attack, and he’s fluid enough to move in open space and take on roaming defenders.
The Dolphins have a glaring need at tackle, and although they’d ideally like to add one a bit sooner than pick No. 26, the cost of moving up for a franchise quarterback sometimes involves tabling other needs for the time being. Even so, Niang is a prospect with plenty of starting potential in his own right, and while he fits best at right tackle, he has the traits to allow the Dolphins with the flexibility to move him around.