Todd McShay’s third NFL mock draft for 2014 is out on ESPN Insider today.
The top need for the Miami Dolphins is very obvious right now. They need offensive line help in a big way, and while they are sure to be quite active on this front in free agency, more help will be needed through the draft.
But as it stands now, there doesn’t look like an obvious fit up front for Miami in the first round. That could mean the Dolphins go in a different direction and select one of the top defensive tackles to replace free agents-to-be Randy Starks and/or Paul Soliai. A safety also could be an option if Chris Clemons moves on in free agency. As they were a year ago, the Dolphins could be a prime candidate to move out of this pick if offensive line help isn’t available.
Whom does McShay have the Dolphins drafting at No. 19? Let’s take a look.
Offensive line was a serious problem area for the Dolphins last season, both on and off the field. They simply have to find a way to better protect quarterback Ryan Tannehill next season -- after he was sacked a team-record 58 times -- and Martin could provide immediate help. This is particularly true in the running game, which is another issue for Miami. Martin has great experience and good technique, and he is a strong, tough player. His lack of ideal length limits his upside a bit, but I think he'll either develop into a solid NFL tackle or a top-level guard.