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Miami Dolphins 2014 NFL Draft Big Board: Top 10 OG Rankings

Miami Dolphins 2014 NFL Draft Big Board: Top 10 OG Rankings

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The 2014 NFL Draft is rapidly approaching. With that in mind, it's time to continue revealing the Miami Dolphins' big board -- or at least the way I would construct it -- position by position. Today, I take a look at offensive guard prospects seeing as Miami will likely target an interior lineman to play alongside Mike Pouncey and Shelley Smith before day two concludes. Here are my top 10 guard fits for the Dolphins.

10. David Yankey, Stanford

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10. David Yankey, Stanford

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Stanford's David Yankey was once considered one of the top guard prospects of the class. A poor combine has raised some concerns about his movement adeptness, however. While Yankey is a fundamentally sound player, he simply lacks the explosive movements and lateral agility to project much better than solid at the next the level.

9. Cyril Richardson, Baylor

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9. Cyril Richardson, Baylor

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Baylor's Cyril Richardson possesses a rare combination of massive size and surprisingly light feet. Some will peg him as more of a fit in a power scheme as opposed to Miami's zone system, but he didn't appear overly lethargic when asked to pull and trap in college. Richardson isn't the ideal prospect to fill the Dolphins' need at guard, but he isn't an incapable option either.

8. Trai Turner, LSU

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8. Trai Turner, LSU

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The Dolphins could potentially nab a plug-and-play right guard by selecting LSU's Trai Turner in the third or fourth round. At only 20 years old, Turner has much room to grow, but he's already showcased starting-caliber ability for the NFL. He's powerful in the running game but may struggle with quickness due to less than stellar lateral movements.

7. Billy Turner, North Dakota State

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7. Billy Turner, North Dakota State

Billy Turner
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North Dakota State's Billy Turner is a difficult prospect to project in the NFL. Some would love to move him inside, but I prefer him at tackle, where an impressive ability to mirror edge rushers is highlighted. Still, Turner has a high ceiling at guard with enough athletic ability and toughness to thrive run blocking and in pass protection. His technique needs a considerable amount of refinement, though, which could lead to some early struggles.

6. Dakota Dozier, Furman

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6. Dakota Dozier, Furman

Dakota Dozier
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As a small-school prospect, there is some concern about Dakota Dozier not proving his worth versus quality competition. When he faced top-notch talent, however, he looked the part, like against Clemson in 2012. Dozier moves well for a man of his size and possesses the power to be a road grader in the running game. His ability to consistently finish blocks on film could have him off the board on day two.

5. Joel Bitonio, Nevada

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5. Joel Bitonio, Nevada

Joel Bitonio
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Some teams will consider drafting Joel Bitonio to play tackle, but he's undersized for the outside. The Dolphins, in all likelihood, consider Bitonio a guard given their tendency to prefer prototypical tackle frames. On the inside, Bitonio has more than enough athleticism, toughness and nastiness to succeed. Regardless of what position he plays, he'll need to get stronger in order to handle the league's more powerful defensive linemen.

4. Weston Richburg, Colorado State

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4. Weston Richburg, Colorado State

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Weston Richburg lacks any extensive experience at guard (only three starts in college), but everything he puts on tape suggests he's more than capable of excelling at center or guard. He's one of the quickest interior offensive linemen off the snap in the entire class and his seemingly effortless ability to pull and get to the second line of defense should intrigue the Dolphins on day two.

3. Marcus Martin, USC

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3. Marcus Martin, USC

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Most guard discussions exclude Marcus Martin because he was a center during his final year at USC. He's arguably the top center prospect in this draft as well, and center-needy teams will target him as a result. In Miami, however, Martin would likely play guard thanks to the presence of Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey. Martin has experience at right guard, where he flashed reliable pass protection prowess and the ability to get to the second level.

2. Xavier Su'a-Filo, UCLA

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2. Xavier Su'a-Filo, UCLA

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Xavier Su'a-Filo is one of the most well-rounded linemen in this year's class. Impressive first-step quickness and a powerful punch highlight his skill set, which is perhaps just lacking the versatility to play on the outside -- although he did so at UCLA -- from being deemed top-15 caliber. If he's somehow still on the board in round two or the Dolphins trade back in the first, he would be a coup for John Benton's offensive line.

1. Zack Martin, Notre Dame

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1. Zack Martin, Notre Dame

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Many scouts are said to be high on Zack Martin's ability to remain a tackle at the next level. Despite relatively short arms, his technique is so polished that any size deficiency might not matter. Still, his ceiling is higher inside at guard. Martin blends athleticism with nastiness as a run blocker better than any guard in the draft. Selecting him to play on the interior would be one of safest picks a team could make in the first round.