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Zach Martin

OT
Notre Dame
Senior
6 '4"
308 lbs
40 @ 5.20

The Dolphins have done well in free agency to address some of the holes. While the Dolphins will target the best offensive lineman available to them, they do not "have" to draft one in the first round... as long as they get one with one their second round pick. If Zach Martin is not available at pick #19, there is a strong possibly they could go with ILB CJ Mosely, TE Eric Ebron.WR Odell Bekham, or even WR Kelvin Benjamin. One of those should be available for the Dolphins. There is a lot of pre-draft rumble that the Dolphins want to grab a WR in the first round, and then go OL in the 2nd round. The Dolphins could even trade down later in the first round to take OT Morgan Moses.

I think there is an excellent chance the Dolphins select ILB CJ Mosely with this pick as they did not address this position in free agency. Jeff Ireland's changes last year actually caused the Dolphins defense to slide. New GM Hickey offered MLB D'Qwell Jackson the starting MLB position with the thought of moving Ellerbe to OLB, but Jackson chose the Indianapolis Colts instead. A lot of times a GM will address one side of the ball in free agency and invest a high round draft pick on the other side. Mosely makes a lot of sense here as well as Zach Martin.

(Last Mock: no change)

Apr 23

Phinfever Draft Guru:
Tony Simmons

CJ Mosely

ILB
Alabama
Senior
6 '2"
232 lbs
40 @ 4.68

The continued talk around Miami is their interest in OL personnel and possibly having to trade up to get Taylor Lewan or Zack Martin. Miami now only have 6 picks, so I just don't see this happening. Not much buzz has been mentioned about Mosely to Miami, but he certainly would fill a position that the Dolphins have interest in addressing and Mosely is a candidate for BPA at #19. Also, the Dolphins DL played solid up front last year, but the linebackers for the Dolphins were HORRID against the run. Mosely has the physical and mental makeup to be a Day 1 starter and Pro Bowl ability.

(Last Mock: no change)

 

Apr 15

Phinfever: George Gibson

Zach Martin

OT
Notre Dame
Senior
6 '4"
308 lbs
40 @ 5.20

Round One:

Most mock drafts have the Dolphins picking Tackle Zack Martin in the first round. Martin is regarded as the fourth best lineman in the draft and the last of the top tier. If Martin is gone the Dolphins could trade down or reach for Guard Xavier Su'a-Filo ranked best of the second tier Offensive Lineman. They could also fill a need at Inside Linebacker with CJ Mosely from Alabama. If big Receivers Mike Evans or Eric Ebron drop they would be a steal.

1. Tackle Zack Martin - Compares to Logan Mankins
2. Receiver Mike Evans - Compares to Vincent Jackson
3. Linebacker CJ Mosely - Compares to Lavonte David
4. Tight End Eric Ebron - Compares to Vernon Davis
5. Guard Xavier Su'a Filo
6. Cornerback Justin Gilbert - Compares to Terrance Newman

(Note: George Gibson was Phinfever.com's draft analyst before having to step down due to his busy schedule.)

 

Apr 6

Phinfever 2013 Mock Champ:
Mark Grimm

Zach Martin

OT
Notre Dame
Senior
6 '4"
308 lbs
40 @ 5.20

The Dolphins trade down and get their guy anyway. With Baltimore taking Calvin Pryor and Arizona taking Dee Ford in my latest Mock, Martin was still available at pick 26. Martin will initially play right tackle for Miami but down the line could kick back into guard. This pick would almost solidify the line that was such a weakness last year.

*-This pick could just as easily be Morgan Moses if in fact Martin is already taken. Either way we trade down and still get our right tackle to bookend with Brandon Albert.

Rd. 2 (50)
Chris Borland-MLB-Wisconsin
Undersized, short-armed fiery middle linebacker. Sound like anyone we know? Yup, he is the Zach Thomas of this draft. Almost all the draft analysts have compared Borland to Zach.

Rd. 3 (81)
Terence West-RB-Towson
With our own 3rd round pick we get a back that our scouts and coaches have been sniffing around. West admitted awhile back that Dolphins running backs coach [Jeff Nixon] "likes me a lot".
West has gained alot of draft momentum lately, passing by bigger named backs from bigger schools. He plays a physical style we need.

Apr 19

         

Bleacher
Report

CJ Mosely

ILB
Alabama
Senior
6 '2"
232 lbs
40 @ 4.68

Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley has the versatility to line up anywhere on the second level but projects best as either an outside or inside linebacker in a 4-3 defense.

He is considered by many to be the best linebacker in the draft class. CBS Sports' Rob Rang compares Mosley to Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David: "Like David, Mosley's combination of toughness, elite instincts and superb athleticism offer the versatility of lining up inside or out, and have enabled him to be one of the nation's top all-around linebackers."

(Last Mock: OT Zach Martin)

Apr 8

Breaking Football

Zach Martin

OT
Notre Dame
Senior
6 '4"
308 lbs
40 @ 5.20

Miami addressed their 0-line in free agency but they still need more bodies. Martin is versatile and can play inside or out, so he’ll be an attractive candidate.

Apr 4

CBS
Sportsline
Dane Brugler

Eric Ebron

TE
UNC
Junior
6 '4"
245 lbs
40 @ 4.65

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.

(Last mock: OT Morgan Moses)

Apr 21

CBS
Sportsline
Pat Kirwan

Cyrus Kouandijo

OT
Alabama
Junior
6 '6"
310 lbs
40 @ 5.10

If Martin is gone and they are really interested in protecting Tannehill, Kouandjio could be the answer after a solid pro day last week. He's young, very talented and on the rise.

(Last mock: OT Zach Martin)

Apr 18

CBS
Sportsline
Pete Prisco

CJ Mosely

ILB
Alabama
Senior
6 '2"
232 lbs
40 @ 4.68

I will keep him here. They have to get more athletic at linebacker.

(Last mock: no change)

Apr 17

CBS
Sportsline
Rob
Rang

Eric Ebron

TE
UNC
Junior
6 '4"
245 lbs
40 @ 4.65

Finding weapons for Ryan Tannehill should be priority No. 1 in Miami and few offer the immediate impact ability of Ebron, a freakishly athletic pass-catcher capable of attacking the soft middle of AFC East defenses.

(Last mock: CB LaMarcus Joyner)

Apr 22

CBS
Sportsline
Will Brinson

Zach Martin

OT
Notre Dame
Senior
6 '4"
308 lbs
40 @ 5.20

Miami's got plenty of needs but offensive line remains an important part of the equation, especially if the Dolphins expect Ryan Tannehill to progress. Or, you know, survive. Martin's got the flexibility that Miami needs on this offensive line.

Apr 10

CFN Scout

Zach Martin

OT
Notre Dame
Senior
6 '4"
308 lbs
40 @ 5.20

It's way too obvious. The Dolphis could play around with the idea of taking one of the top receivers on the board, and they might just go for the best player available, but there's no need to mess around when a need area could be taken care of with Martin. He might not be Jake Matthews, Greg Robinson or Taylor Lewan, but he's an NFL starter either at tackle or guard.

Apr 6

Cincinatti .com
Paul Dehner, Jr

Zach Martin

OT
Notre Dame
Senior
6 '4"
308 lbs
40 @ 5.20


Kelvin Benjamin, WR, 1The Dolphins can't draft enough lineman. Martin should be the starter for a decade.

Apr 8

Draft
Ace

Zach Martin

OT
Notre Dame
Senior
6 '4"
308 lbs
40 @ 5.20

This is the best case scenario for Miami. They’ll have to trade up for any of the top three tackles, but Martin is the next best lineman in the draft and would be an immediate starter in Miami. If he’s gone, there isn’t an obvious next best choice, so they should strongly consider trading up a few slots to make this happen. If he’s gone, a wide receiver or a trade down might be the next option

(Last Mock: no change)

Apr 18

Draft
Insiders
Digest

Marquis Lee

WR
USC
Junior
6 '0"
195 lbs
40 @ 4.50

No comment given.

(Last Mock: ILB CJ Mosely)

Apr 23

Draft
Daddy
Matt Bitonti

Eric Ebron

TE
UNC
Junior
6 '4"
245 lbs
40 @ 4.65

The Dolphins stil have several gaping holes along the offensive line, Martin can start right away in several spots.

(Last Mock: TE Eric Ebron)

Apr 20

Draft
Daddy
Darryl L

Morgan Moses

OT
Virginia
Senior
6 '6"
235 lbs
40 @ 5.30

As you may have heard, the Dolphins quietly went through some in-season re-shuffling of their offensive line last season. Losing two starters on the OL propels this into a giant need pick, and Moses might be the best of what's left at the OT position. Moses has drawn comparisons to former Chargers steal Marcus McNeil.

Round 2: DE Scott Crichton, Oregon State

Mar 3

Draft
Daddy
Glenn
Bernardi

Zach Martin

OT
Notre Dame
Senior
6 '4"
308 lbs
40 @ 5.20

No comment given.

(Last Mock: no change)

Apr 17

Draft
King

Zach Martin

OT
Notre Dame
Senior
6 '4"
308 lbs
40 @ 5.20

After the Incognito/Martin fiasco, targeting an offensive lineman here makes a great deal of sense for Miami. I'm not as bullish on Martin as some are, but his stock is on the rise and him going in a top 20 slot is entirely possible.

(Last Mock: no change)

Apr 21

Draft
Season
Lupagus

Zach Martin

OT
Notre Dame
Senior
6 '4"
308 lbs
40 @ 5.20

The Dolphins replace one Martin with another. They added Branden Albert in free agency and now solidify their line with this pick. Martin is versatile but will likely lock down the right side for Ryan Tannehill.

(Last Mock: no change)

Apr 14

Draft
Season
Onebar

Zach Martin

OT
Notre Dame
Senior
6 '4"
308 lbs
40 @ 5.20

The Dolphins offensive line will be taking on major changes this offseason. Martin has the ability to play multiple spots which is exactly what the Fins need, depth and versatility.

Mar 4

Draft
Season
Will Lomas

Timmy Jernigan

DT
FSU
Junior
6 '1.5"
395 lbs
40 @ 5.06

The Dolphins need to figure out how to beat Tom Brady and the New England Patriots and interior pressure is the best way to rattle a quarterback.

(Last Mock: OT Zach Martin)

Mar 26

Draft
Season
ULTIMATE

Zach Martin

OT
Notre Dame
Senior
6 '4"
308 lbs
40 @ 5.20

Even with the signing of Branden Albert the Dolphins still need help all along the offensive line. Martin adds the ability to play offensive tackle OR guard.

Round 2: Gabe Jackson G, MSU

Round 3: Dri Archer RB, Kent St.

Apr 7

Eric Ebron

TE
UNC
Junior
6 '4"
245 lbs
40 @ 4.65

If the Dolphins are hoping to fix their offensive line then Dennis Hickey and the rest of the Miami front office wouldn't be pleased with the output of DRAFTSIM this time around. Picks 2, 9, 12, and 16 are the top OTs. What now? Reach for a second-tier OT in Moses or Bitonio? Or an OG like Yankey or Su'a-Filo? Of course, there are rumors that the Dolphins actually love Kouandjio, despite his potential health problems. Smokescreen? Hard to say. Should they remain steadfast and use pick 19 on a position other than OL it could be to add weapons for Tannehill, who is likely entering his "make-or-break" season as the Dolphins' starter. Miami wanted an athletic threat at the TE position last season but saw their pass-catching match-up nightmare (Dustin Keller) suffer a horrific knee injury during the preseason. A duo of Clay - a Free Agent next Spring - and Ebron would give the 'phins a TE set that would have the potential to upstage Gronkowski/Hernandez from a few years ago.

Round 2:
RB Bishop Sankey, Washington
Like I said, offensive weapons are as important to Tannehill's success as a rebuilt offensive line would be. Adding Ebron in RD1 is a great start. Supplementing that selection with a feature RB is icing on the cake. Sankey is the best ball carrier in the 2014 draft class, according to our rankings. While his selection may seem like overkill with Moreno, Miller, and Thomas already on the roster, things may look completely different next offseason. Moreno's on a 1-year "prove it" deal, Miller didn't advance enough in 2013, and Thomas may be cut before Training Camp begins. Sankey is an experienced, competitive, and talented zone runner who was a Captain for the Huskies.

(Last Mock: no change)

Apr 23

Odell Beckham, Jr

WR
LSU
Junior
6 '0 "
193 lbs
40 @ 4.50

The Dolphins were hoping that OT Zack Martin made it to their pick but since he didn't they go with the best player available on their board...Beckham will drastically upgrade the Dolphins receiver position..

(Last Mock: OT Zach Martin, Notre Dame)

Apr 22

ESPN
Mel
Kiper

CJ Mosely

ILB
Alabama
Senior
6 '2"
232 lbs
40 @ 4.68

I don't consider this Miami's No. 1 need, but this is when "best player on the board" really comes into play. Mosley could be passed up until this range due to some injury concerns and positional value, but this is a big-time playmaker who can lead your defense and is worthy of going higher. The thing people need to remember about Mosley is he doesn't need to come off the field. The guy is a gifted player in coverage from his position.

Round 2:
Joel Bitonio, OL, Nevada
Bitonio can play either guard or tackle, and could end up at right tackle or be moved inside, where the Dolphins could really use the help. He'll play right away.

(Last Mock: S Calvin Pryor, Louisville)

Apr 17

ESPN
Todd
McShay

Morgan Moses

OT
Virginia
Senior
6 '6"
235 lbs
40 @ 5.30

The biggest concern I have with this pick is whether the Dolphins think that Moses can play at right tackle, because he really came into his own during the 2013 season when he played left tackle after playing right earlier in his career. If Miami takes him here, it will obviously want Moses to start opposite newly acquired left tackle Branden Albert, so the Dolphins need to be comfortable with Moses making the transition. If they are, this is a great pick and potentially a steal at No. 19. He possesses excellent size and length, and he played his best against his best individual competition this season.

(Last Mock: OT Zach Martin, Notre Dame)

PICKS I'D MAKE:
Marqise Lee, WR, USC
I felt a bit stuck with this one, as trades aren't allowed and there aren't any offensive linemen worthy of being selected here in this scenario. So in the absence of addressing the team's biggest need, I opted to help young quarterback Ryan Tannehill in another way, by adding a weapon in the passing game who could play alongside Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline. This might be a bit of a reach, but Lee is an excellent route runner with big-play ability.

Apr 11
Apr 24

FF Toolbox
Users

Zach Martin

OT
Notre Dame
Senior
6 '4"
308 lbs
40 @ 5.20

Could also go with Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia

(Last Mock: OG Xavier Su'a-Filo, UCLA)

Apr 23

FF Toolbox:
De Lima

Morgan Moses

OT
Virginia
Senior
6 '6"
235 lbs
40 @ 5.30

The Dolphins still need another piece or two along the offensive line. Moses is a small reach here, but should be selected somewhere in the first 35 picks.

(Last Mock: OT Zach Martin, Notre Dame)

Apr 10

FF Toolbox:
Dimon

Cyrus Kouandijo

OT
Alabama
Junior
6 '6"
310 lbs
40 @ 5.10

Kouandijo was a big part of another awesome offensive line at Alabama. He is inconsistent at times, but he is a raw talent who has the potential to develop into one of the best left tackles in football.

(Last Mock: no change)

Apr 8

FF Toolbox:
Mark Diemi

Zach Martin

OT
Notre Dame
Senior
6 '4"
308 lbs
40 @ 5.20

The Dolphins addressed the left side of their offensive line in free agency, but still could stand to add another piece or two to the puzzle on the right side via the draft. Zack Martin has the ability to play either RT or RG, giving Miami some much needed flexibility. Even if Taylor Lewan of Michigan happens to be on the board, I can't see him being a consideration for Miami given that he has been charged with battery and is being questioned in connection with allegedly intimidating the victim in a teammate's rape investigation in two separate incidents.

Apr 18

Football
Fan
Spot

Zach Martin

OT
Notre Dame
Senior
6 '4"
308 lbs
40 @ 5.20

The Dolphins might have entered this off-season with the thinnest offensive line in the NFL. They signed Branden Albert this off-season and he’ll significantly upgrade their blindside protection. They signed Shelley Smith and are paying him starter’s money so he’s locked in at one of the guard spots. Dallas Thomas, a 2013 3rd round pick, can play either the other guard spot or right tackle. However, they still need offensive line help. Martin can play either right tackle or guard and his versatility is the reason he gets drafted over Lewan. He’s a week 1 starter who will probably start at right tackle like last year’s #1 pick Justin Pugh, but he could eventually end up at guard.

Round 2:
MLB Chris Borland (Wisconsin)
The Dolphins’ new regime really doesn’t seem to want Dannell Ellerbe to continue patrolling the middle of their defense after his terrible 2013 season. They tried and failed to sign multiple middle linebackers in free agency this off-season to move Ellerbe to the outside and move Phillip Wheeler to a two-down role. Both Ellerbe and Wheeler struggled in their original roles last season in the first year of long-term deals. Since they couldn’t add a middle linebacker in free agency, they address the position here early in the draft.

 

(Last Mock: no change)

Apr 21

Great
Blue
North
Draft
Report

Zach Martin

OT
Notre Dame
Senior
6 '4"
308 lbs
40 @ 5.20

(No comment given).

(Last Mock: no change)

Apr 7

Heard's
Football Report

Zach Martin

OT
Notre Dame
Senior
6 '4"
308 lbs
40 @ 5.20

(No comment given).

(Last Mock: no change)

Apr 6

KFFL:
Bonini

Ryan Shazier

OLB
Ohio St
Sophmore
6 '2"
230 lbs
40 @ 4.60

Right tackle isn't nearly as big of a need as some people are making it out to be. Shazier could be an immediate impact player for the Dolphins.

(Last Mock: WR Kelvin Benjamin, FSU)

Apr 17

LA Times
Sam Farmer

CJ Mosely

ILB
Alabama
Senior
6 '2"
232 lbs
40 @ 4.68

If the supply of offensive tackles has run dry — and it has in this mock — the Dolphins could reach for the best available player. They have invested a lot in linebackers Dannell Ellerbe and Philip Weaver, yet haven't gotten big dividends.

Apr 5

Miami Dolphins Draft Experts

Xavier Su'a-Filo

OG
UCLA
Junior
6 '4"
307 lbs
40 @ 5.04

Combine/Pro Day: 4.97 40, 26 Bench, 08'07" Brd Jump

Su'a-Filo is a very strong and athletic OG with excellent technique that can play any scheme due to his athleticism and power. He is the most NFL-ready guard of this draft class and would fit perfectly in Miami's zone-blocking sceme, even though UCLA ran more of a power sceme. This guy will bolster the offensive line and immedeiatly make the run and pass games better.
Some may argue that taking him this early would be a reach, but we believe that this is a realistic option at #19.
BPA is still the play, and if any of the top guys fall to us, then we pull the trigger on them. Other than that, Su'a-Filo would be a solid pick.

Alternate picks: Jake Matthews (trade up?), Eric Ebron, Zach Martin, C.J. Mosley

(Last Mock: ILB CJ Mosely, Alabama)

Apr 23

Palm Beach Sports
(Andrew Abramson)

Eric Ebron

TE
UNC
Junior
6 '4"
245 lbs
40 @ 4.65

Draft’s top tight end falls into the Dolphins’ lap and gives Miami a much-needed receiving threat with size.

Apr 4

Phin Nation

CJ Mosely

ILB
Alabama
Senior
6 '2"
232 lbs
40 @ 4.68

I am still intrigued by Florida State wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, at 6’5″ and 240 pounds, but Mosley might be the only middle linebacker that could upgrade our defense, while Benjamin may not even be the best available receiver at this point in the draft.


ROUND 2 - Carlos Hyde, Running Back, Ohio State University

The big, bruising running back would be a beast for Miami, especially on third down and short and at the goal line. Moreno would be the starter and Hyde would be the thunder to Lamar Miller’s lightning off the bench.

Apr 1

Pro Football Draft Network

Zach Martin

OT
Notre Dame
Senior
6 '4"
308 lbs
40 @ 5.20

Ryan Tannehill was hit way too often last season. Martin can play a variety of positions on the offensive line and is a step toward protecting their young quarterback.

Apr 6

Optimum Scouting

Xavier Su'a-Filo

OG
UCLA
Junior
6 '4"
307 lbs
40 @ 5.04

I’ve long-linked Zack Martin of Notre Dame to this pick, but Su’a-Filo seems to be more highly viewed than Martin as of now. While he plays a less-premium position, the Dolphins need instant guard contributors, and Su’a-Filo is the best in the draft.

(Last Mock: OT Zach Martin, Notre Dame)

Apr 9

Ourlads

Tim
Jernigan

DT
Florida St
Junior
6 '2"
292 lbs
40 @ 5.00

One of the top offensive linemen will be drafted here if they fall to the Dolphins. Timmy Jernigan is an inside running lane road block. Top level inside instincts and agility. Good lateral quickness and hand use to stack and shed head-on running plays. Plays low and with leverage to hold his ground. A one-gap disruptive penetrator.

NEEDS: OT,OG,RB,DT,CB SELECTIONS: 7 1/19, 2/50, 3/81, 4, 5, 6, 7

(Last Mock: no change)

Mar 26

National
Football
Post

Zach Martin

OT
Notre Dame
Senior
6 '4"
308 lbs
40 @ 5.20

There have been reports of late that the Dolphins may look at Alabama’s Cyrus Kouandjio. I’m not buying it. While Kouandjio is a good tackle candidate, he reportedly has an arthritic knee. Martin is about as consistent as they come and he can play tackle or guard. He also has top football character, something Miami needs in their locker room right now.

(Last Mock: no change)

Apr 22

NFL.COM
Bucky
Brooks

Xavier Su'a-Filo

OG
UCLA
Junior
6 '4"
307 lbs
40 @ 5.04

Martin’s versatility makes him an ideal fit for the Dolphins as a potential swing player along the offense line

(Last Mock: no change)

Apr 15

NFL.COM
Chase
Goodbread

Zach Martin

OT
Notre Dame
Senior
6 '4"
308 lbs
40 @ 5.20

Martin has more versatility to play multiple spots up front than any offensive lineman in draft.

(Last Mock: no change)

Apr 8

NFL.COM
Charles
Davis

Bradley Roby

CB
Notre Dame
Junior
5 '11"
192 lbs
40 @ 4.40

Has been steadily rising in recent weeks. He can be a complete CB, and is very good on special teams, too.

(Last Mock: OT Zach Martin, Notre Dame)

Apr 21

NFL.COM
Daniel
Jeremiah

Zach Martin

OT
Notre Dame
Senior
6 '4"
308 lbs
40 @ 5.20

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.

Apr 9

NFL
Draft
101

Zach Martin

OT
Notre Dame
Senior
6 '4"
308 lbs
40 @ 5.20

Martin helped his stock more than maybe anyone at the Senior Bowl. The Dolphins lost two starting linemen to the Incognito-Martin saga so they could pluck a few offensive line prospects in May. Martin will project inside for some teams but that works for the Fins who can use help all over the line.

Mar 10

NFL
Draft
Countdown

Zach Martin

OT
Notre Dame
Senior
6 '4"
308 lbs
40 @ 5.20

ast offseason the Dolphins had an obvious, glaring hole at offensive tackle after losing Jake Long as a free agent. Miami could have traded for Branden Albert or drafted Lane Johnson but they instead chose to move Jonathan Martin to the blindside, where he struggled mightily as a rookie, and sign Tyson Clabo, who was well into his thirties and had just been released by the Falcons. Miami also selected tackle / guard ‘tweener Dallas Thomas in the third round. That plan blew up in their faces with Martin continuing to look overmatched before leaving the team amidst an embarrassing bullying scandal, Clabo resembling something akin to a revolving door and Thomas unable to crack the starting lineup inside or outside. Not only did the Phins completely fail to fix a significant problem despite ample resources and options but they actually made matters worse. Notre Dame OT Zack Martin isn’t an incredible physical specimen or particularly dominant but he’s a smart, technically sound, battle-tested, four-year starter Zack Martin | Notre Dame Fighting Irish with the ability to play left or right tackle or even guard at the next level. At one point Martin was considered to be more of a fringe first rounder but after a standout performance at the Senior Bowl it's extremely unlikely he escapes the Top 15-20. If Martin isn’t available the Phins could turn their attention to Alabama OT Cyrus Kouandjio, Virginia OT Morgan Moses or UCLA OG Xavier Su’a-Filo. The offensive line is such an overwhelming need that it’s hardly even worth mentioning other alternatives but Alabama ILB CJ Mosley may get a look.

Apr 21

NFL
Draft
Geek

Taylor
Lewan

OT
Michigan
Senior
6 '7"
309 lbs
40 @ 4.87

Miami made a big move in free agency by signing free agent left tackle Brandon Albert, but their overhaul of the offensive line shouldn't stop there. Miami's success is tied to young QB Ryan Tannehill, who has never been able to feel comfortable behind the sieve of an offensive line the Dolphins have put in front of him. Taylor Lewan would be an immediate upgrade at right tackle for the club as one of the draft's elite pass protectors and an excellent value at 19. Before a recent charge for his role in a fight last year there was talk that Lewan could end up in the top ten on draft day and that some viewed him as the class' second best offensive tackle. His stock has settled in the teens to early 20's and would be an excellent pickup for a team like Miami.

(Last Mock: no change)

Apr 14

900
Football
Links

Xavier Su'a-Filo

OG
UCLA
Junior
6 '3"
304 lbs
40 @ 5.20

For Miami in round one it will not be best player available; it will be best offensive lineman available. With the signing of Jason Fox, Miami can now draft a guard. Right now the best could be the guard Yankey. But do they want another Stanford offensive lineman? I say no. Too many opportunities for the press to kick up the dirt. So I have them drafting Su'a-Filo who sits atop my guard board anyway.

(Last Mock: OT Morgan Moses, Virginia)

Apr 13

Xavier Su'a-Filo

OG
UCLA
Junior
6 '3"
304 lbs
40 @ 5.20

The Dolphins wisely added left tackle Branden Albert in free agency, but that's just one of several offensive line pieces that needs to be added. This pick is too early for one of the many right tackles in this year's draft. It is, however, a good spot for Su'a-Filo, the draft's top guard. Put him next to Albert and suddenly the Dolphins are set on one side.

Other options: G Gabe Jackson, OT Cyrus Kouandjio, DT Louix Nix

Mar 17

Calvin Pryor

S
Louisville
Junior
6'2"
208 lbs
40 @ 4.650

I am still holding firm on this pick and believe that he will be the pick on May 8. There is so much talk about the Dolphins selecting a right tackle in the first round. The problem is though that this draft is extremely deep and a solid right tackle can be found in a later round. At the end of the day, the right tackle isn't going to win the team any games in crunch time. In addition, a right tackle can be helped by a running back (Knowshown Moreno) and/or a good blocking tight end in pass protection. With a linebacker, you will get someone who can shut down the run in crunch time, make a huge sack in crunch time, and/or break up a pass in crunch time.

Apr 23

Sports
Illustrated
Chris Burke

Zach Martin

OT
Notre Dame
Senior
6 '4"
308 lbs
40 @ 5.20

Martin sort of sits alone in the 1A group of offensive tackles — behind Robinson/Matthews/Lewan but above the second-tier group of guys like Morgan Moses and Cyrus Kouandjio. At 19, Miami would be reaching for one of those players, which is why the Dolphins might pass on OT there in favor of another position. To avoid having to put off addressing its biggest need, Miami moved up a few spots here (at relatively minimal cost) to take a versatile, talented lineman in Martin. (Trade up with Pittsburgh).

Apr 17

Sports
Illustrated
Don Banks

Zach Martin

OT
Notre Dame
Senior
6 '4"
308 lbs
40 @ 5.20

The Dolphins still continue to find the player many have had them zeroed in on for months now: Martin, the ex-Irish offensive lineman whose versatility at tackle or guard should make him very attractive to a Dolphins team with some rather well-known needs at those positions. If there's a defensive player that is beginning to be linked to Miami, it's Alabama inside linebacker C.J. Mosley, whose health seems to be his biggest question mark.

(Last Mock: no change)

Apr 22

Sports
Illustrated
Doug Farrar

Zach Martin

OT
Notre Dame
Senior
6 '4"
308 lbs
40 @ 5.20

It’s clear that the Dolphins still need help along their offensive line — signing Branden Albert in free agency was a good first step, but there are other issues. Miami needs a left guard to replace Richie Incognito (which shouldn’t be tough; ancillary issues aside, Incognito played horribly in 2013) and right tackle Tyson Clabo allowed 11 sacks in 962 snaps last season. Martin isn’t an elite pass blocker, but he could slip inside to guard or move to right tackle and become a very solid addition to a front five that will get quarterback Ryan Tannehill injured if serious changes aren’t made.

Apr 1

The New NFL Draft

Calvin Pryor

S
Louisville
Junior
6'2"
208 lbs
40 @ 4.650

The Miami Dolphins get a top tier SS.

(Last Mock: no change)

Apr 19

The
Sports
Bank

Zach Martin

OT
Notre Dame
Senior
6 '4"
308 lbs
40 @ 5.20

(No comment given.)

(Last Mock: no change)

Apr 3

The Sports Network
(John McMullen)

Cyrus Kouandijo

OT
Alabama
Junior
6 '6"
310 lbs
40 @ 5.10

The Dolphins could be bluffing but seem to love Kouandjio and his aggressive nature. Plenty of organizations have red-flagged Kouandjio (at least in the first round) for potential knee problems, but others have compared his skill set favorably to his former linemate with the Crimson Tide, D.J. Fluker, who the Chargers eventually took 11th overall in 2013.

One thing that is certain is the Fish need help on the O-line. Miami allowed a league-high 58 sacks and couldn't protect Ryan Tannehill with Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito or without them. The Fish started the rebuild up front by giving left tackle Branden Albert a monster deal, but more needs to be done.

(Last Mock: OT Zach Martin, Notre Dame)

Apr 23

Ultimate
Texans
John McClain

Cyrus Kouandijo

OT
Alabama
Junior
6 '6"
310 lbs
40 @ 5.10

He’ll be a bookend to go with free agent left tackle Branden Albert

(Last Mock: OT Zach Martin, Notre Dame)

Apr 21

Walters
Footbal
Matt McGuire

Zach Martin

OT
Notre Dame
Senior
6 '4"
308 lbs
40 @ 5.20

Zack Martin had an outstanding Senior Bowl, and there's talk that despite his short arms, he could be used at left tackle. Worst-case scenario, he's a stud guard or a right tackle. Miami needs help at both positions in the wake of the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin incident.

Also, here's something to keep in mind: As Charlie Campbell noted on our NFL Draft Rumors page, "Dennis Hickey has a huge inclination to go for high-character players. If a player is perceived to be a thug, gang-banger or have a drug issue, that could knock them off Miami's board. I could see Zack Martin being a fit."

There was a recent report about the Dolphins liking Cyrus Kouandjio, but that is obvious smoke, much like the D.J. Fluker-Miami connection last year. Kouandjio doesn't fit the blocking scheme, so that doesn't make any sense.

(Last Mock: no change)

Apr 23

WDSU
New Orleans

Zach Martin

OT
Notre Dame
Senior
6 '4"
308 lbs
40 @ 5.20

WHY: An easy pick for a team needing help on the o-line.

Apr 8

 

 

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First off, I would like to wish all of the Phinfever Family a very Happy Easter.  As we continue to work our way towards the 2014 NFL Draft, teams continue to work on getting their draft board together and bring potential draft prospects in for visits, Miami included.

 

The last few weeks, the Dolphins have been very active in regards to bringing wide receivers in to the Davie complex for visits.  Donte Moncrief of Ole Miss, Martavis Bryant of Clemson, Marqise Lee of Southern Cal have been to the Davie complex the last few weeks.  Now, there is news that Odell Beckham of LSU will be at the Davie complex for a visit on Friday & Saturday.

 

The swirl of the number of wide receivers that have been at the Davie complex has caused a lot of stir about Miami looking to replace Mike Wallace, and CBSSports.com reporter Jascon LaCanfora has been stating the the Dolphins have been looking to trade Wallace now for a few months.  Recently, a report from the Palm Beach Post came out recently about Brian Hartline possibly being released after the 2014 season.  He is coming off a torn PCL, and the Dolphins would save 4 million dollars on the cap by releasing him after the 2014 season.  In my view, it is Hartline and WR Brandon Gibson, also coming off a knee injury that are the ones that will be released or moved on.

 

Most of the talk about the Dolphins and their 1st round pick has been around the offensive line and OL Zack Martin of Notre Dame.  Most feel that if he is there at #19, the Dolphins will take him, and that is understandable.  Miami still has work to do on the offensive line, and Martin would fill a huge hole at ORT.  Moses Morgan of Virginia and Cyrus Kouandijo of Alabama have also been linked with Miami.  But I believe this draft is DEEP on the OL, and the Dolphins can get a quality ORT into the 3rd-4th round, and a name to watch is ORT Michael Schofield of Michigan.  I have been in the minority that believe the Dolphins will take a hard look at C.J Mosely, the outstanding ILB from Alabama.  There is no doubt in my mind that the Dolphins want to restructure the LB group.  There has been a lot of talk of moving Koa Misi inside and moving Darnelle Ellerbe to his natural OLB position.  A player to keep your eye on is Arizona State OLB/DE Car Bradford.  Miami has had him in and while he has not played a lot at ILB, he has the makeup and physical ability.  At 6'2, 250 lbs, Bradford is very aggressive and physical and a hitter with good movement skills.  He could be a 3rd round pick at ILB along with Shayne Skov of Stanford.

 

With the activity the Dolphins have shown at the wide receiver position the past few weeks, this is the 1st time I have seriously considered the Dolphins possibly taking a wide receiver in the 1st round, and it does make sense with Hartline and Gibson coming off of knee injuries and not knowing if and when they will be ready for camp.  Odell Beckham is one of the most, if not THE most complete wide receiver in this draft.  He can run all the routes, has very solid hands, and has return ability as well.  He is a playmaker, something the Dolphins are looking for.

 

Could Beckham be the pick at #19.  Possibly.  You can never have enough playmakers.

With the 2014 NFL Draft about a month away, let's take a look at how I think the 2014 NFL Draft could possibly play out.  A lot will change over the next few weeks, so my mock will change as well. 

 

1) Houston - QB Blake Bortles, Central Florida - John McClain of the Houston Chronicle is pretty plugged in to what the Texans look to do, and he thinks the pick will be Bortles.  They certainly have a need at the position with former starting QB Matt Schaub having been traded to Oakland.  South Carolina uber talented DE Jadeveon Clowney is also a major consideration, and I would not be surprised if he is the pick.  That said, new HC Bill O'Brien is knows as a QB guru, and Bortles fits the mode of QB he likes.

 

2) St. Louis - Greg Robinson, OLT, Auburn - OLT Jake Long tore his ACL in December, and there is a major question of his availabilty for the Rams for the 2014 season.  This is also the 3rd straight  season that Long has suffered a serious injury.  With QB Sam Bradford coming off a torn ACL, protecting his blindside is crucial.

 

3) Jacksonville - Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina - HC Gus Bradley is a defensive minded coach, and the Jaguars were last in the NFL in sacks with 31.  The Jaguars have a need at QB, as 2011 1st round pick and disappointment Blaine Gabbert was traded to San Francisco, leaving Chad Henne as the starting QB.  With that said, I believe Clowney is the pick.

 

4) Cleveland - Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson - This is another team that could very well go quarterback, but they have very little talent at the skill positions as well, as WR Josh Gordon and TE Jordan Cameron are the only legitimate playmakers.  Watkins has the hands, size and speed you want at the wide receiver position.  He and Gordon would give the Browns a potent duo.

 

5) Oakland - Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A & M - The Raiders have a need at QB even with the trade for QB Matt Schaub.  Manziel is not your prototypical quarterback from a size standpoint, but he is a playmaker, and the Raiders OL is very much a work in progress, so his mobility could be a plus for him.

 

6) Atlanta Falcons - Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo - Atlanta could easily go OLT here, and Texas A & M OLT Jake Matthews has to be a prime consideration as well.  But like the Jaguars, the Falcons have struggled generating a consistent pass rush, and Mack ranks very high on a lot of boards.

 

7) Tampa Bay - Mike Evans, WR, Texas A & M - Tampa Bay just traded the talented but troubled Mike Williams to Buffalo.  While they have Vincent Jackson on one side, the Bucs have little else.  They could go OL here as well and I have seen Michigan OLT Taylor Lewan mocked here as well.

 

8) Minnesota - Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville - The Christian Ponder experiment has been a failure, and the clock is winding down on THE Elite RB in the NFL, Adrian Peterson.  The Vikings have to address the QB position.  Bridgewater has been considered the most NFL ready QB, and I am not going to let a sub-par Pro Day showing deter my thoughts on Bridgewater.

 

9) Buffalo - Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina - The Bills just traded for talented but troubled WR Mike Williams of Tampa Bay.  The Bills are looking to add a playmaker, and Ebron is considered to be THE top TE in the 2014 NFL Draft.  Ebron has the ability to be a threat down the seams of a defense and can makes plays after the catch.  He is a work in progress as a blocker.

 

10) Detroit - Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama - Detroit lost S Louis Delmas to Miami, and Dix can be that player to come in and fill an immediate need for the Lions.  Dix along with Louisville S Calvin Pryor are considered the top safaties in this draft.

 

11) Tennessee - Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State - The Titans just lost All Pro cornerback Alterraun Verner to Tampa Bay.  Gilbert is a talented cover corner and a very good punt and kickoff returner as well.  He fills an immediate need for the Titans.

 

12)  New York Giants - Jake Matthews, OLT, Texas A & M - The Giants are coming off a season of struggles from their offense.  A lot of those problems can be traced to the offensive line.  Matthews is certainly considered one of the top 2 offensive lineman in this draft, along with Auburn OLT Greg Robinson.

 

13) St. Louis - Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville - With Ha Ha Clinton-Dix off the board, the Rams select Pryor to add to the secondary.  Big, aggressive and a big hitter.

 

14) Chicago - Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh - The Bears defensive line has taken and hit with DT Henry Melton off to Dallas and DE Julius Peppers cut and signing with rival Green Bay.  The Bears add the explosive Donald to help rebuild their defensive front.

 

15) Pittsburgh - Taylor Lewan, OLT, Michigan - The Steelers offensive line has been an area of concerns for years.  Lewan would be an immediate upgrade at the OLT position.

 

16) Dallas - Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State - Dallas defense was a disaster in 2013.  They also have lost DE DeMarcus Ware to Denver and DT Jason Hatcher to Washington.  The Cowboys have a lot of work to do on the defensive side of the ball, and they start up from with Jernigan.

 

17) Baltimore - Zack Martin, ORT, Notre Dame - The Ravens lost ORT Michael Oher in Free Agency and fill that void with perhaps the most versatile offensive lineman in the draft in Martin.  NFL Network Mike Mayock thinks Martin can be an All-Pro OG.

 

18) New York Jets - Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State - While I don't think WR Eric Decker is a #1 wide receiver, the Jets certainly paid him like he is a #1.  HC Rex Ryan saw CB Antonio Cromartie leave via Free Agency and the Jets were not involved in the Darrelle Revis sweepstakes.  Ryan is a defensive coach and the Jets need a cornerback, and Dennard fits the bill.

 

19) Miami - C.J Mosely, ILB, Alabama - The continued talk around Miami is their interest in OL personnel and possibly having to trade up to get Taylor Lewan or Zack Martin.  Miami now only have 6 picks, so I just don't see this happening.  Not much buzz has been mentioned about Mosely to Miami, but he certainly would fill a position that the Dolphins have interest in addressing and Mosely is a candidate for BPA at #19.  Also, the Dolphins DL played solid up front last year, but the linebackers for the Dolphins were HORRID against the run.  Mosely has the physical and mental makeup to be a Day 1 starter and Pro Bowl ability.

 

20) Arizona - Kony Easely, DE, Missouri - The Cardinals could easily go with LB Ryan Shazier, as they lost LB Karlos Dansby to the Cleveland Browns in Free Agency. 

 

21) Green Bay - Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame - Green Bay took a step back last year and the Packers look to reinforce the DL with Nix.  B.J Ragi only signed a 1 year deal also.

 

22) Philadelphia - Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State - Philadelphia released one of, if not the most explosive wide receiver in the NFL in DeSean Jackson a few weeks ago.  Chip Kelley has knowledge of Cooks during his time at Oregon and Cooks is very explosive.

 

23) Kansas City - Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU - Kansas City needs a weapon opposite of WR Dwayne Bowe.  Beckham has gotten better every year while at LSU, and had his most productive year in 2013.  He is a dangerous return man as well.

 

24) Cincinnatti - Dee Ford, DE, Auburn - The Bengals lost DE Michael Johnson in Free Agency and fill that void with Ford.

 

25) San Diego - Jason Verrett, CB, TCU - The Chargers address the secondary with Verrett.

 

26) Cleveland - Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State - I have seen some mocks with Carr in the top 10, so it would not surprise me to see him go off the board early.  That said, if he is here for the Browns, they will take what they hope is the QB of the future.

 

27) New Orleans - Marquise Lee, WR, Southern Cal - The Sains let WR Lance Moore leave via Free Agency and look to fill that void with Lee.

 

28) Carolina - Moses Morgan, OLT, Virginia - OLT Jordan Gross retired this offseason, and the Panthers look to provide QB Cam Newton with blindside protection.  They could go wide receiver as well as the Panthers lost their 3 top wide receivers, including WR Steve Smith, who they released.

 

29) New England - Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech - TE Rob Grownkowski is coming off a torn ACL and has had a bevy of injuries.  New England lost TE Aaron Hernadez as well and this has become a TE based offense.  Tom Brady needs weapons, and Amaro fits the mode of what New England wants from their Tight Ends.

 

30) San Francisco - Ra'Shede Hagerman, DT, Minnesota - The 49ers try to recover from losing to division rival Seattle in the NFC Championship game and look to add to their defensive front with Hagerman.  Hagerman has HUGE boom bust potential.

 

31) Denver - Xavier Su'a-Filo, OG, UCLA - Protecting QB Peyton Manning is a MUST, and the Broncos lost OG Zane Beadles in Free Agency.

 

32) Seattle - Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State - Seattle lost WR Sydney Rice early in the 2013 season and lost WR Golden Tate in Free Agency.  The Seahawks give QB Russell Taylor a big WR and red zone threat in Benjamin.

 

 

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