Look for Shelly Smith, Jason Fox and Branden Albert to have some company on the offensive line in 2014.
While team general manager Dennis Hickey has spent the majority of his first few months on the job singing free agents from the team to new contracts and signing players away from other organizations, it will be a true test of his ability when the 2014 NFL Draft begins in less than a month.
The Dolphins, 8-8 last season and stuck in the middle of the draft order with the 19th overall selection, may stick to the plan many of the media have planned for them in taking more offensive line help at tackle.
According to the finsiders.com, "NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah and NFL Films senior producer Greg Cosell talked about which direction the Miami Dolphins might go when it comes to their picks in this year’s Annual Selection Meeting.
Both analysts agreed that there’s one player in the first round that would be a perfect fit for the Dolphins at #19 overall, and that’s versatile Notre Dame offensive lineman Zack Martin. Jeremiah believes that the senior left tackle for the Fighting Irish can play any position necessary on the offensive front, and would be a great locker room fit as well.
“It’s a very valuable piece to have,” said Jeremiah. “You’re talking about someone with 52 starts at the college level, so you get a chance to get a true evaluation of him. He’s very consistent from game to game, season to season. I love the fact that he has the versatility. If you wanted to slide him inside to guard, and play guard, and he could probably play all five positions along the offensive front.”
Cosell agrees, stating that while playing left tackle in college, Martin may end up on the other side of the line when he enters the league.
“I would say that that’s probably the case,” said Cosell. “Zack Martin from Notre Dame, who played left tackle at Notre Dame, I think he can play left tackle in the NFL. But so often college left tackles start their career as right tackles. He’s certainly an option.”
The Dolphins may also want to look to the outside and more speed at receiver. Brandon Cooks of Oregon State, Kelvin Benjamin of FSU and Penn State's Allen Robinson could all be potential choices.