There’s just a little over 24 hours left until the 2014 NFL draft and the hype is at its peak. Every draft analyst and expert is filing their final mock drafts in preparation for tomorrow’s annual selection at 8 p.m. in primetime on NFL Network and ESPN.
So now, for the final time, here’s a look at some marquee mocks from around the football world on who the Miami Dolphins will draft in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft:
Will Brinson, CBSSports.com: C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama
Offensive line is definitely a consideration here. It has to be. But with the top four guys off the board, the Dolphins end up going after a player who can make a difference on the defensive side right away.
Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.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.
Charley Casserly, NFL.com: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
The Dolphins need help on the offensive line, especially at right tackle. Does he pass the physical?
Charles Davis, NFL.com: Zack Martin, OL, Notre Dame
Could play OT, G, or even C. He fills a screaming OL need.
Rich Eisen, NFL.com Media Mock Draft: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
Mike Florio, Profootballtalk.com: Xavier Su’a Filo, OG, UCLA
With plenty of tackles gone, the Dolphins still address the offensive line. They could maybe trade down and still get him.
Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com: Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State
With no OT worthy of this spot, the Dolphins take the explosive Ohio State linebacker.
Not the tackle the Dolphins wanted, but at this point, beggars can’t be choosers. The Dolphins’ need is so big that new GM Dennis Hickey just had to do this. I expect Hickey to try to move up for Zack Martin, but I also expect he’ll find the price way too high.
Kiper-McShay ESPN Mock Draft: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
Mike Mayock, NFL.com: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
A trade down is possible, but if they sit, they’ve got to rebuild their offensive line. Kouandjio helps them get better and will be the fifth OT off the board.
Matt Miller, Bleacher Report: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
The need at offensive tackle—especially on the right side—forces the Miami Dolphins’ hand with pick No. 19. The team would love to see Morgan Moses here and would probably consider C.J. Mosley if he were to fall, but it must protect Ryan Tannehill and add a gap-opening run-blocker at the same time. Cyrus Kouandjio can do that. There were whispers of a knee injury with him, but he’s incredibly talented and has the ideal profile to play right tackle. And remember, the media didn’t like D.J. Fluker last year, and he was the 2013 draft’s best offensive tackle.
Pat Kirwan, CBSSports.com: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
If Zach Martin is gone and they are really interested in protecting Ryan Tannehill, Kouandijo could be the answer after a solid pro day last week. He’s young, very talented and on the rise. Another consideration might be Morgan Moses.
Pete Prisco, CBSSports.com: Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
He played both left and right tackle at Virginia and would play on the right side in Miami.
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 be an excellent value at this point in the draft.
Peter Schrager, FOXSports.com: Zack Martin, OL, Notre Dame
You may have heard, but the Dolphins had some issues on their offensive line last season. Martin can play either the tackle or guard spot and can do it at a high level. Branden Albert will man the left tackle position in Miami. Slide Martin in somewhere and the unit’s vastly improved from last year.
James Walker, ESPN.com: Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia (A trade back with New Orleans, picking at #27 overall)
OT Zack Martin and MLB C.J. Mosley were my desired targets at No. 19. But with neither on the board, it was best to pick later and get two extra draft picks. Moses is a player who can still help the Dolphins immediately at right tackle. I also feel much better taking Moses at No. 27 and now having eight more picks at my disposal.
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