Rising: Zack Martin, OT, ND
Despite Miami filling some holes along the offensive line, Zack Martin is still a fairly popular pick in many mock drafts for the Dolphins, as you can see in this mock draft tracker from SI.com, as well as this mock draft from Dane Brugler of CBSSports.com.
The fact that Martin can play both guard and tackle is one reason for that, as Miami would value his versatility.
He could start at right tackle from Day 1 if drafted by the Dolphins, and eventually succeed Branden Albert at left tackle.
Those are good reasons to select Martin, which is why you see him going to Miami in many mock drafts.
My question: Do the Dolphins need to draft Martin when there will be plenty of right tackles available in the second and third rounds, considering they still have needs at other positions.
Falling: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
A lot of mock drafts don't have Michigan's Taylor Lewan lasting until the Dolphins pick at 19, and that's a good thing.
Lewan has NFL talent and would make a great right or left tackle for some team, however he's not the type of character the Dolphins need to have on their offensive line right now.
Per David Jesse of The Detroit Free-Press, Lewan is facing assault charges stemming from a fight outside of a Columbus, Ohio bar on Dec. 1 of last year.
Could this be chalked up to immaturity? Definitely, but it's a risk the Dolphins likely won't want to take this season.
Despite where he's projected to go in most mock drafts, expect Lewan to continue to drop even past the Dolphins in this April's draft.
Rising: CJ Mosley, LB, Alabama
The Dolphins need a linebacker in a bad way.
Currently the Dolphins have three linebackers that can play on the outside, but no true inside linebacker that can be the quarterback of the defense.
Alabama's C.J. Mosley would fit that role for Miami from the start of training camp. With Miami's defensive line creating holes for Mosley, he'd be an effective force against the run and versatile against the pass either as a pass-rusher or in coverage.
Mosley also provides a linebacker that already has plenty of experience in a pro-style 4-3 defense, which is a major bonus on top of his talent.
He's worth a first-round pick for Miami, and would be my choice at 19.
Falling: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, FSU
I knew I wanted to say something about Kelvin Benjamin going to the Dolphins.
No one is mocking him there, but as of a month ago I was intrigued by the possibility of Benjamin on the Dolphins. He seemed like the perfect red zone threat for the Dolphins offense, and I do think the Dolphins are in need of that type of receiver to complement Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson.
With that said, I've cooled on him in the last month, so really the stock is falling with me.
Here's why: As big as he is and as great as his hands may be, I don't like his speed.
For a wide receiver he comes off as being a bit slow, meaning he'd have to rely on how precise he can run his routes.
Unfortunately, I don't see that precision in his route running, if he had that, I'd be totally sold on him.
The Dolphins likely wouldn't have taken him in Round 1 anyway, but I don't see Benjamin as a first-round pick at this point. Expect him to go in Round 2.
If he is available when the Dolphins are on the clock in the second round, then I'd consider the pick.
Rising: Morgan Moses, OT, UVA
I like Morgan Moses and could see the Dolphins picking him in Round 2.
I wouldn't be surprised if they chose him in Round 1, though, especially since he has history with Dolphins offensive coordinator Bill Lazor from his time at Virginia.
It's been a few years since Lazor coached Moses, but he should have a good amount of information on him.
That's not the only reason you might see Moses go to Miami, another is the fact that he is versatile; he played right tackle at Virginia up until 2013 when he was switched to left tackle.
His play didn't drop off, and he even improved in 2013.
Moses' steady improvement and versatility makes him a fit in Miami. Much like Zack Martin he could play right tackle for a few years before making the transition to the left side.
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