Why the Falcons should be happy the Miami Dolphins traded for Isaiah Wilson

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According to Ian Rapoport, the Dolphins swapped seventh-round picks with the Titans in exchange for former first-round tackle Isaiah Wilson.

Wilson had more off the field issues than he did snaps played as a rookie, but you can’t blame the Dolphins for taking a shot on him. It’s the definition of low-cost, high reward move. I would’ve begun this by questioning why Terry Fontenot wouldn’t make that trade, but given Arthur Smith was in Tennessee last season, I’d suspect that Fontenot and Wilson’s former offensive coordinator discussed the possibility.

Even if Atlanta didn’t land Wilson, they could still benefit from the move. After taking what would hopefully be the Dolphins franchise left tackle with the 18th pick in the 2020 NFL draft, Austin Jackson failed to live up to those expectations. The former USC Trojan is expected to continue to develop at the position and capitalize on his NFL-capable physicality — similar to Kaleb McGary. With Wilson in the fold, the tackle position becomes less of a need in the draft for Miami, who still needs to surround Tua Tagovailoa with skill players.

The third overall pick has beenĀ Penei Sewell in many mock drafts, and that could still very well be the case for a Dolphins team that wants to run the ball first and foremost. Overkilling an offensive line is never a bad idea, and I could see Miami wanting to fully commit to protecting Tua, allowing them to assess whether he is the future in South Beach. But, if they choose to go a different route like Kyle Pitts, Ja’Marr Chase, or DeVonta Smith — Penei Sewell would likely fall to the Falcons at four.

I am the biggest Penei Sewell advocate. He could immediately come in and start at guard opposite Chris Lindstrom and eventually replace Jake Matthews at left tackle. Or, the former Oregon Duck could compete with Kaleb McGary at the right tackle position in hopes of getting the best five offensive linemen on the field at once. It is never bad to have too much talent at one position, and Sewell would be a cornerstone piece of the new Fontenot and Smith era.

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