The NFL draft may not be until May 8-10, but mock draft season is already in full swing. Major media outlets have already started combing through the hundreds of NFL prospects and creating their mock drafts. The rumor mill is already at full swing, so it’s time to take a look at the latest mock drafts around the football world, and see who the experts believe the Miami Dolphins will take with the 19th overall selection.
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:
Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN: Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame
The Dolphins are in need of a versatile offensive lineman or two, and what Martin lacks in ceiling, he brings in ready-to-play value. He’s got plenty of experience at left tackle, and acquitted himself well there against Senior Bowl competition. However, I think he has the smarts and experience to handle right tackle right away, and he could also be really good if moved inside.
Todd McShay, ESPN: Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame
The Dolphins’ offensive line issues–both on and off the field–have been well-documented, and the end result was an offense that finished ranked 26th in the league in rushing and set a team record for sacks allowed (58). Martin is a plug-and-play starter at either tackle or guard. The knock on him is that he has short arms, which has some projecting him as a guard (where he’d be great), but we think he has a chance to develop into a good starter at tackle because he was an outstanding OT throughout his career at Notre Dame, stood out as the top talent at this year’s Senior Bowl and has good feet, good technique and a nasty disposition on the field.
Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com: Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame
Miami must address the offensive line during the offseason and Martin is one of the more consistent players in this draft class.
Charles Davis, NFL.com: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
There’s no question that OT is a need for the Dolphins, and the big man from Alabama can fill it.
Matt Miller, Bleacher Report: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
A prototypical left tackle, Lewan has the strength and long arms needed to hold the edge and protect Ryan Tannehill‘s blind side. With Lewan erasing the team’s biggest need, the Dolphins are free to go with best available players in later rounds.
Pete Prisco, CBSSports.com: Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame
Miami has to improve that offensive line. Martin showed at the Senior Bowl he can play outside and inside.
Pat Kirwan, CBSSports.com: Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame
Martin went to the Senior Bowl and proved he can play left tackle as a rookie.
Peter Schrager, FOX Sports: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
Out of Michigan like their former left tackle Jake Long, Lewan is a tough, hard-nosed player who can play right away. He played very well versus Ohio State. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill could use a guy he can rely on.
Rob Rang, NFLdraftscout.com: Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame
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, Martin slides well laterally and controls opponents with fierce hand usage.
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