Now that free agency has weeded out the top tier players, the draft picture can start to develop. Prior to free agency the Dolphins had to take an offensive lineman with their first round pick, now they have some options. Before we get into that, everyone needs to realize there is a lot of time between now and the draft. Miami could still fill some holes with players that are still on the market. They may even look to bring in some players just for competition. This article will exclude players that aren’t realistic options for their position such as Greg Robinson, Jake Matthews, and so on. Here are some possible options for the Miami Dolphins in the first round.
Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan – Lewan is one of the top three offensive tackle prospects in this years draft. More than likely he will not be available when the Dolphins are on the clock, but if he is, I would anticipate they would turn in their selection card rather quickly. Lewan was considered a top twenty pick prior to the Combine. He put on a fantastic performance in Indianapolis which catapulted his stock to potentially top ten. If selected by the Dolphins he would play right tackle and form a booked to recently signed Brandon Albert.
C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama – This is the most intriguing option in my opinion for Miami. This class is deep with offensive lineman. If Dennis Hickey feels he has internal pieces that he likes or thinks he can get a player in round two, he could go else where with his pick. Mosley is a tackling machine with the athleticism to be a three-down-backer. This would allow the Dolphins to move Ellerbe outside to the weak side, and then do with underachiever Phillip Wheeler as they please. This move could make the Miami defense a top ten defense in 2014.
Zach Martin, OT/OG, Notre Dame – If you have looked at a mock in the past month as a Dolphins fan you have probably seen this name. Martin is the most versatile lineman in this class. The scenario for Martin is looked at as he will either be a pretty good tackle or a really good guard. The Dolphins need both so it makes sense to take him and plug him in where he is needed. He helped his stock a lot by tearing up the Senior Bowl and previously being a very good college tackle.
Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh – Selecting Donald at this point seems unlikely after the re-signing of Randy Starks, and the signing of Earl Mitchell. Jared Odrick is going into the last year of his rookie contract so they could look to acquire another pass rushing defensive tackle. Donald was on the final Heisman Watch poll for 2013 due to his amazing senior season, but wasn’t a finalist in the end. He dominated at the Señor Bowl and put on a show at the Combine. This is an unlikely pick for Miami, but not out of the realm of possibility.
Other prospects in contention: Eric Ebron, HaSean “Haha” Clinton-Dix, Calvin Pryor III, Ra’Shede Hageman, and Morgan Moses.
About the Author: Zachary Cintron
Zachary Cintron is a sports blogger who has spent the past two years covering the National Football League (NFL), NCAA football, NCAA lacrosse, and Major League Lacrosse (MLL) for Sports Unbiased and The Sports Complex (Drexel University’s Sport Management Blog). Zach is expected to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in sport management from Drexel in June of 2016. He can be contacted at email@example.com.