Miami Dolphins: Zach Martin

NFL Nation’s mock draft is several days away, and it’s been a weeklong process of putting together a final draft board for the Miami Dolphins.

With help from our Dolphins’ community, here's our board with the No. 19 overall pick heading into next week’s mock draft:

Walker’s draft board (50 percent)

1. Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame
2. C.J. Mosley, MLB, Alabama
3. Marqise Lee, WR, USC
4. Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
5. Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia

Community draft board (50 percent)

1. Mosley
2. Martin
3. Moses
4. Lee
5. Xavier Su'a-Filo, G, UCLA

Final draft board

1. Martin
2. Mosley
3. Moses
4. Lee
5. Pryor

It was very close at the top between Notre Dame offensive tackle Zach Martin and Alabama middle linebacker C.J. Mosley. I had Martin rated higher on my board, and the community just barely rated Mosley higher. As Dolphins general manager, I made the final call and put Martin as the top target. But both players can help Miami immediately and would have a chance to be Week 1 starters.

I am trusting my scouts with Virginia offensive tackle Morgan Moses. I had him rated fifth on my board, but he is third on the final draft board. Offensive tackle remains a great need.

USC receiver Marqise Lee and Louisville safety Calvin Pryor do not fill major need areas. But these would be “best available player” picks. Lee could be a stud addition to a receiver group which already includes speedy Mike Wallace and the steady Brian Hartline. Pryor adds another dynamic talent in the secondary and insurance in case often-injured starter Louis Delmas cannot stay healthy.
With the 2013 season officially in the books, it’s time to shift our focus to 2014. ESPN draft experts Mel Kiper and Todd McShay both produced their post-Super Bowl mock drafts on Thursday.

Here is how they view the Miami Dolphins with the No. 19 overall pick:
Interestingly, both Kiper and McShay projected the same position and player for Miami in May’s draft. It’s no secret that offensive line is a huge need for the Dolphins after allowing a franchise-record 58 sacks last season. Miami's running game also was rated 26th in the league. Starting offensive linemen Bryant McKinnie, Tyson Clabo, John Jerry and Richie Incognito will all become free agents in March and most -- if not all -- are expected to leave.

Martin would be a solid addition with the 19th pick. He was a very productive player at Notre Dame and is coming off a productive Senior Bowl. He is a three-year starter and team captain, which shows leadership.

The only question I have about Martin is his physical tools. He's not as naturally gifted as other left tackle prospects in the draft. But Martin is a high-motor player who gets the most out of what he has.

Martin would be a safe pick for the Dolphins, albeit not a spectacular one.
The Senior Bowl practices are underway in Mobile, Ala.Unless you're the Denver Broncos or Seattle Seahawks, this is the biggest thing going for NFL teams this week.

The Miami Dolphins have their scouts and personnel department in Mobile. Here are five college prospects the Dolphins can have their eye on:

1. Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia

Thoughts: The Dolphins desperately need offensive linemen -- and particularly offensive tackles. Miami starters Tyson Clabo and Bryant McKinnie are both free agents. Jonathan Martin also is expected to be traded or released following the team's bullying scandal. That makes a big tackle prospect like Moses attractive. It also doesn't hurt that Moses has ties to new Miami offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, who was part of the coaching staff that recruited Moses to Virginia.

2. Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame

Thoughts: Martin is an experienced left tackle who has good leadership and started 52 games in his career. He's played in many big games and shouldn't be afraid of the big stage. Martin doesn't have the same physical gifts as Moses but brings a lot of intangibles. He may also offer versatility as a guard, which is also a position of need for Miami.

3. James White, RB, Wisconsin

Thoughts: White had a productive year in the rugged Big Ten conference. He rushed for 1,444 yards and 13 touchdowns for Wisconsin, which is a school known to churn out quality running backs. White also is a Ft. Lauderdale native and would be happy to return home. Although not huge, White is durable and productive.

4. Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson

Thoughts: The Dolphins have yet to hire a general manager. But there is a decent chance that new GM will take a flier on the quarterback. Yes, Ryan Tannehill has done enough to earn a third consecutive year as a starter. Tannehill has some tools and potential. But Tannehill was a top pick of former GM Jeff Ireland, not the new GM. It wouldn't be surprising if Miami's next head of personnel takes a mid-to-late round quarterback of their own to develop on the roster.