The Miami Dolphins have plenty of needs heading into the 2014 NFL Draft, but with the team sitting at the 19th pick in the first round; the Fins have a lot of waiting to do and a lot of options in front of them.
The offensive line is the area of the team most in need of work. The team has a Pro Bowl left tackle, Branden Albert, and a Pro Bowl center (Mike Pouncey). Past that, the line is pretty thin heading into the draft.
Early mock drafts have the Dolphins taking Notre Dame tackle/guard Zack Martin. However, as the draft process has moved along, Martin’s stock has risen to the point that he may not be available when the Dolphins are on the clock at 19.
Martin is the final of the top-tier offensive tackles along with Greg Robinson, Jake Matthews, and Taylor Lewan. After that, the only other offensive lineman generating first-round buzz is UCLA guard Xavier Su’a Filo.
Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey said he will take the best player available and not necessarily draft for need. That could open the door to a lot of players, including Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley.
The Dolphins would like to improve the linebacking corps after former general manager Jeff Ireland spent lavishly on the position, but got little return.
Mosley would be looking to reverse the trend of star Alabama defenders struggling in the NFL. He’s 6’2”, 234 pounds and runs a 4.63 40-yard-dash. He was the captain of Alabama’s stiff defense and was one of the tougher players in the SEC.
The Alabama product has great versatility and could line up either inside or outside for any team.
Past linebacker, the Dolphins could look for help at the safety position or at cornerback. The Fins could also look at moving up in the draft if the team is sold on Robinson, Matthews, or Lewan.
The Dolphins made one of the biggest splashes during the 2013 NFL Draft’s first-round when it traded up to select defensive end Dion Jordan. The pick has the appearance of a bust thus far after Jordan failed to make much of an impact in his rookie season.
Will history repeat itself with the Fins making a big move this year? Dolphins fans will find out in just a few weeks.