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Mel Kiper Jr.'s first-round pick for Dolphins fills area of need

The NFL draft is five weeks away, as teams begin to shift the focus away from free agency.

Therefore, it is a good time for ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. to provide his latest mock draft. Let’s examine his pick for the Miami Dolphins at No. 22 overall.

Kiper's pick: OL Forrest Lamp

School: Western Kentucky

Stats: 16 starts

Analysis: Kiper changed his earlier pick of University of Miami tight end David Njoku for the Dolphins in his previous mock draft in February. That makes sense because the Dolphins have since traded for tight end Julius Thomas with the Jacksonville Jaguars and signed veteran backup tight end Anthony Fasano in free agency. Miami’s significant holes remaining on the roster include guard, outside linebacker and maybe safety to compete with Nate Allen. Lamp is a versatile offensive lineman who played left tackle in college but likely will transition to guard at the NFL level. He has good feet and athleticism and would be a Week 1 starter for Miami. It’s not a sexy pick for the Dolphins. But Lamp would be a solid selection and would immediately help Miami’s power running game and pass protection for quarterback Ryan Tannehill.