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The Miami Dolphins' Newest Player Almost Killed Commissioner Roger Goodell

The Miami Dolphins' Newest Player Almost Killed Commissioner Roger Goodell
Photo by Michele Eve Sandberg
click to enlarge PHOTO BY MICHELE EVE SANDBERG
Photo by Michele Eve Sandberg
The NFL Draft took place in Nashville last night, and the story of the night was the Arizona Cardinals' selection of Oklahoma Sooners quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray as the first overall pick. The San Francisco 49ers followed by taking Ohio State Buckeyes defensive end Nick Bosa, and the New York Jets selected Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams.

Those picks were widely expected. No drama there. It was when the Oakland Raiders selected Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell fourth and the Giants took Duke quarterback Daniel Jones sixth that things got nutso. Those picks were unexpected.

Linemen, tight ends, and others went in different positions than experts had predicted. The Bills got Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver at number nine, a pretty good pick, and the Packers grabbed Michigan outside linebacker Rashan Gary at 12. Who? It was chaos. And chaos, as it turns out, was exactly what the Dolphins needed for highly touted Clemson defensive lineman Christian Wilkins to fall to them at number 13. Things became even crazier after Wilkins heard his name called by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who ended up on the business end of it all.
Wilkins' first hit in the NFL was on the commish — legendary stuff for the newest member of the Miami Dolphins. That move had fans joking on Twitter that he'd already been fined by the league before even cashing his first paycheck.
This isn't the first time Wilkins has made waves on social media for a fun-loving celebratory move. After the Clemson Tigers won the national championship, he threw down this legendary move that a man his size should never attempt, much less stick with such confidence.
The Dolphins have more chances tonight to add more bricks to their rebuild. As of this morning, they hold one pick in each of the second and third rounds. For now, though, Fins fans can savor the addition of Wilkins. He seems to be enjoying things.
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Ryan Yousefi is a freelance writer for Miami New Times, a lover of sports, and an expert consumer of craft beer and pho. Hanley Ramirez once stole a baseball from him and to this day still owes him $10.
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