Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Walker's Dolphins Draft Watch: 2.0
By James Walker
The NFL draft is less than two weeks away. During the offseason, we have updated you on prospects to watch on the team’s radar.
Here is the lateast projection for Miami at No. 19 overall:
1. Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame
Analysis: Martin has been the leader in the clubhouse for quite some time. He has the right mix of skills, work ethic and character that Miami is looking for. Martin also fills the Dolphins’ biggest remaining need at right tackle. It all makes sense. However, Martin is one of the players reportedly rising up the draft board. He may not be there at No. 19, and Martin is not the type of player worth trading up to get. So if Martin is taken in the early teens, the Dolphins must go in another direction.
2. C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama
Analysis: The Dolphins committed millions into their linebacker position last year. Dannell Ellerbe, Philip Wheeler and Koa Misi were all paid handsomely via extension from former general manager Jeff Ireland. This group in return underachieved and Miami was 24th against the run last season. That presents a new challenge for first-year general manager Dennis Hickey. He’s not tied into Miami’s current linebackers and could make Mosley a target. Mosley is a natural middle linebacker who could move Ellerbe outside and fix two positions.
3. Marqise Lee, WR, USC
Analysis: Lee has been a late riser on Miami’s radar. Two weeks ago, I reported that the Dolphins brought in Lee for a visit. Last week Todd McShay projected Lee going to Miami at No. 19. Lee is a very good talent in a deep draft for wide receivers. But do the Dolphins need another receiver, especially in the first round? Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline are the starters next season, and the Dolphins need to get a starter in the first round, in my opinion. But if Lee is the “best available player” on the board, which Hickey has talked about all offseason, it won’t be all that surprising.
4. Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
Analysis: Safety is not a huge need for the Dolphins. Miami has Reshad Jones and free-agent pickup Louis Delmas entrenched as starters. But Pryor is an aggressive safety and big hitter who reminds me of a younger, healthier version of Delmas. The Dolphins need more enforcers on defense, which lacks intimidators. That’s one reason why they signed Delmas and could have an eye on Pryor at No. 19.