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Dolphins center Mike Pouncey calls Laremy Tunsil 'best player in this year's draft'

DAVIE, Fla. -- Mike Pouncey of the Miami Dolphins is a two-time Pro Bowl center. He is also a student of the game and knows a talented offensive lineman when he sees one.

That is why Pouncey's high opinion this week of Dolphins first-round pick Laremy Tunsil carries weight. After just a month, Pouncey is impressed with Tunsil’s skills and potential to be an important cog on the offensive line.

"We like Tunsil a lot," Pouncey said. "Obviously, his feet are really good. We think he was the best player in this year’s draft. We’re lucky to have a guy like that. We’re excited to see what he can do."

There is plenty of work still to be done. The Dolphins are trying to figure out their starting five offensive linemen and where Tunsil fits in that equation.

Tunsil is working at left guard and left tackle during organized team activities. The expectation is Tunsil will settle at left guard as a rookie if everyone stays healthy. But that won't happen until training camp and the preseason.

"[He’s] definitely got to still earn it, but we’re bringing him along as fast as possible," Pouncey said of Tunsil. "We know we need the guy. Obviously our biggest thing right now is making sure he knows the plays -- the playbook in and out -- so that he can play at the potential we think he has."

Miami's offensive line struggled last season, allowing 45 quarterback sacks and ranking 23rd in rushing yards.

With the addition of Tunsil, the Dolphins now have four former first-round picks on their offensive line. They'll have to prove it on the field, but this might be Miami's most talented O-line in a long time.