We’re less than a month out from the NFL Draft and the mock drafts from media outlets around the league keep coming out like clockwork. With the pro days and workouts before the draft are coming to a close, the annual collection of smoke and mirrors from teams around the league are out in full force. Every team apparently hates and loves every player available (sometimes at the same time).
So while every report on prospects should be taken with a grain of salt this time of year, that doesn’t stop the mock drafts from being updated. Dolphins.com continues to have the most meaningful of them collected in one convenient place.
Without accounting for potential trades, here’s a collection of opinions from around sports media on who the Dolphins will draft in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft:
Don Banks, SportsIllustrated.com: Zack Martin, OL, Notre Dame
Martin could either start his NFL career at right tackle, opposite free-agent signee Branden Albert, or perhaps move inside and upgrade the Dolphins’ well-known need at left guard. But either way the Miami offensive line continues its near total makeover after the debacle of 2013. The Dolphins should embrace the karmic do-over that drafting another offensive lineman named Martin presents.
Bucky Brooks, NFL.com: Zack Martin, OL, Notre Dame
Martin’s versatility makes him an ideal fit for the Dolphins as a potential swing player along the offense line.
Mike Florio, ProFootballTalk.com: Xavier Su’a Filo, OG, UCLA
Pat Kirwan, CBSSports.com: Zack Martin, OL, Notre Dame
Miami has taken Martin in every one of my mock drafts, which usually means the team will go elsewhere on May 8. Martin’s versatility is the key reason I like him in a Dolphin uniform.
Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com: Zack Martin, OL, Notre Dame
I keep trying to come up with another player for the Dolphins, but I can’t see them passing on a clean player like Martin.
Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN.com (ESPN Insider Access Required): C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama
Todd McShay, ESPN.com (ESPN Insider Access Required): Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
Pete Prisco, CBSSports.com: C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama
I’ve had him here for a while, and I will keep it that way. Could also consider an offensive lineman.
Matt “Money” Smith, NFL.com: Xavier Su’a Filo, OG, UCLA
They got their OT in free agency with Branden Albert. Solidifying one side of that line by plugging the hole between him and Mike Pouncey turns a 2013 weakness into a 2014 strength.
Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com: Zack Martin, OL, Notre Dame
With Branden Albert signed to take over at left tackle, the Dolphins can instead shift their draft-day focus towards boosting the play inside at guard. Zack Martin, unrelated to Jonathan Martin by genetics or style of play, is a coach’s dream. While perhaps lacking the body type scouts prefer at tackle (where he started 50 of his 52 career games for the Irish), Martin slides well laterally and controls opponents with fierce hand usage.
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