After months of incessant speculation, the 2014 NFL Draft is only three days away. Clear weaknesses persist for a club like the Miami Dolphins, but their plans for the draft, guided by rookie GM Dennis Hickey, remain a mystery.
I recently had the opportunity to ask Tony Pauline, who runs the site DraftInsider.net and always reveals interesting draft tidbits in the months and weeks leading up to the main event, some questions regarding the Dolphins’ draft. My inquiries and Pauline’s answers are below.
Question: Will Zack Martin, a favorite to land in Miami, still be on the board after 18 picks? If he is, should he be a candidate to fill the Dolphins’ void at right tackle or should a team nab him with the intention of moving him inside?
Tony Pauline: The New York Giants could grab him at pick No. 12 overall with the Baltimore Ravens at pick No. 17 overall being a dark horse. The New York Jets are another team to keep an eye on as they still need a guard. I don’t like Martin at right tackle. He’s a terrific pass blocker with average run blocking skills; hence I think left tackle or guard are his best spots.
Q: Another favorite to land in Miami is Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley. What is his ceiling as a starting middle linebacker in your opinion?
TP: Mosley is a well-rounded, three-down defender who could fit a variety of schemes. Several teams have raised red-flags on his medical report, which is nothing unusual for Alabama players. At the top of his game he’s a Pro-Bowl type of linebacker, but if not fully healthy he’s a guy who could move in and/or out of the line-up.
Q: Who is likely to be the best remaining offense tackle when the Dolphins are on the clock in the second round? Can that player be a dependable right tackle in Week 1?
TP: The Dolphins should be able to come out of the second or third round with a very good right tackle prospect. Names to key on are Tennessee‘s Ja’Wuan James, Stanford‘s Cameron Fleming and Ohio State‘s Jack Mewhort.
Q: The Dolphins have shown significant interest in drafting a wide receiver early. If they do, which receiver are they most likely to target in your opinion?
TP: A bigger-bodied receiver such as Indiana‘s Cody Latimer or Penn State‘s Allen Robinson in round two or Vanderbilt‘s Jordan Matthews, maybe Rutgers‘ Brandon Coleman in round three would round out that receiving corps.
Q: Are you hearing any last-minute buzz surrounding the Dolphins’ plans for the draft that fans should be aware of?
TP: I think a trade down is at least a 50/50 option right now, if not higher. A defensive back in round one will also be considered.
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Cody Strahm is an NFL author for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @CodyJStrahm.