It’s almost here. The 2014 NFL draft is six days away. The first round kicks off this upcoming Thursday May 8 at 8 p.m. in primetime on NFL Network and ESPN. The rumor mill regarding player interest is at its peak. Now that we’re so close, many draft analysts are beginning to release their final mocks of the draft season.
So once again, for possibly the final time, here’s a quick look at a few marquee mocks from around the football world on who the Dolphins will draft in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft (without accounting for potential trades):
Brian Baldinger, NFL.com: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
If the medicals on Kouandjio’s knee check out, this is a good pick for Miami. He is a dominant player and a great run blocker when healthy. And he can start at right tackle immediately.
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 line.
Dane Brugler, CBSSports.com: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
Miami has some solid options at tight end, including Charles Clay who emerged last year as a reliable receiving threat. But no tight end on the Dolphins’ roster can match the ability of Ebron and what he brings to the offense.
Charles Davis, NFL.com: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
Has been steadily rising in recent weeks. He can be a complete CB, and is very good on special teams, too.
Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN.com (ESPN Insider Access Required): C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama
Shaun King, Yahoo Sports: Zack Martin, OL, Notre Dame
If you want a true evaluation on your young QB, you have to protect him in the pocket. Martin plays the game well and is versatile which helps a line that has a few holes.
Pat Kirwan, CBSSports.com: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
If Martin is gone and they are really interested in protecting Ryan Tannehill, Kouandjio could be the answer after a solid pro day showing. He’s young, very talented and on the rise.
Todd McShay, ESPN.com (ESPN Insider Access Required): Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com: Zack Martin, OL, Notre Dame
Martin lacks the body type scouts prefer at tackle (where he started 50 of his 52 career games for the Irish), but slides well laterally and controls opponents with fierce hand usage. Whether inside at guard or at right tackle, he’d provide an instant upgrade for the Dolphins.
Pete Prisco, CBSSports.com: C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama
I love the idea of them passing on an offensive lineman to upgrade their speed at linebacker.
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