Miami Dolphins take Christian Wilkins with No. 13 overall pick
Many expected that the Miami Dolphins might take a quarterback with the No. 13 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, especially when both Dwayne Haskins and Drew Lock were available with them on the clock. Despite the draw to take a quarterback, the Dolphins decided to upgrade their defensive line.
Miami went ahead and selected Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins with the No. 13 overall pick. It was a selection that immediately gave the defense a big boost.
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) April 26, 2019
Wilkins was a dominant force on the defensive line for the Tigers during his collegiate career. He may not be a “sexy” pick, but Miami knew that they had to fortify their defense for new head coach Brian Flores.
Last season at Clemson, Wilkins ended up recording 51 total tackles, 14.0 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, two defended passes, two fumble recoveries, and one forced fumble. Those numbers show why the Dolphins were so intrigued by Wilkins in the first round.
At 6-foot-4 and 300 pounds, Wilkins will add pure size to the Miami front line. He is an aggressive player and wears his heart on his sleeve. Miami wanted to bring in a playmaker on the line and Wilkins is more than capable of being that for them.
It will be interesting to see how he progresses over the next few years. Miami fans will be comparing his production to that of both Haskins and Lock. In the meantime, it appears that Ryan Fitzpatrick will be the man to lead the offense.
Expect to see this pick pay off for the Dolphins and for Wilkins to put together a great career in Miami.