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The Miami Dolphins used the 155th pick of the draft to select Bulldog tight end Arthur Lynch, making him the first Georgia player off the board.

What do they get in Lynch? I've made my thoughts on "Artie" known in this space before. He's a guy who came to Georgia because he wanted to compete in the SEC against the best in college football. After a quiet start he has gotten better every single season in the Classic City, and along the way emerged as not only a leader on the field but also in the University community. He's a guy who redshirted as a sophomore because of a loaded depth chart at the position, deciding to help the team when he could have just said "forget this, I was one of the top players at my position coming out, I'm going somewhere they'll play me."

At 6'5 and 254 pounds Lynch has prototypical tight end size and deceptive moves in the open field. He improved his downfield receiving game during his time in Athens to the point that Mike Bobo felt comfortable flexing him out wide at times in 2014, something he didn't do with a series of other future NFL tight ends during their stints in the Classic City. Lynch finished his senior season with 30 receptions for 459 yards and 5 touchdowns, earnings first team All-SEC honors from both the league's coaches and the AP. Lynch was the best pro-style tight end in the best conference in the country as a senior.

From that perspective, he's as likely to be ready as any other player at that position in the draft. While he doesn't have the insane athleticism/size combo of an Austin Sefarian-Jenkins, but Lynch is an above average blocker with solid hands. He's played well on special teams throughout his college career and will certainly contribute there in Miami. He's also a guy who might well end up in Congress one day, and frankly when he runs I just want it known I'll be contributing to his campaign.

The Dolphins, in short have gotten a productive, versatile tight end who'll contribute in the locker room and the community at large. Great job, Artie, we're proud to call you a 'Dawg!