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Miami Dolphins: 3 Possible First Round Selections


 

With Seattle’s complete domination over Denver in Super Bowl XLVIII, the 2013-2o14 NFL season finally came to an end.  For the other thirty teams, the off season began a little more than 2 weeks ago.  The next big event on the off season agenda?

The 2014 NFL Draft.

Our beloved and yet frustrating Miami Dolphins have the 19th overall selection in the draft.  It will interesting to see who the Dolphins draft, as it will be new GM Dennis Hickey’s first selection with the ‘Phins, and his first ever selection as a General Manager in this league.  While multiple sources and scouts alike have pegged the Dolphins taking a lineman of some variety with their first round selection, I am not quite sold on the idea yet.  If the right lineman is available at the time, I am all aboard.  If there is little difference between the linemen left and those that will available in the later rounds, I say pass.  Here are my three potential draft picks for the Miami Dolphins with their first round selection (19th Overall).

1. Eric Ebron, TE North Carolina:  There is only a slight chance that Ebron falls to Miami in this draft, but if by chance he does, the ‘Phins must take Ebron.  At 6 foot 4 and 245 pounds, Ebron also runs a 4.67 forty yard dash and has wide-receiver like hands.  He is exactly what Ryan Tannehill could use in his third year and would create match up problems playing alongside Miami’s current TE Charles Clay.  Imagine the possibilities of having the flexibility of Clay and the athletic ability of Ebron.  Offensive Coordinator Bill Lazor will drool if Ebron drops this far.  That being said, it is a big IF.

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2. C.J. Mosley, ILB Alabama:  With both Khalil Mack and Anthony Barr ranked ahead of him, I could potentially see Mosley dropping into the second half of the first round.  I don’t know if you noticed, but Miami’s linebacker core was HORRIBLE this season.  Whether that is the fault of the personnel or the coaching is unknown.  Regardless, adding a player of Mosley’s caliber couldn’t hurt.  Mosley has the size and speed to be the next great in the league.  He is a tackling machine, something the ‘Phins could not seem to master last season.  If he drops to 19, Miami should seriously consider taking him and bolstering a weak middle section of their defense.

3. Zack Martin, OT Notre Dame:  On paper, this pick makes the most sense.  We knew after Miami’s first game last season that their offensive line needed help.  The team flirted with many stop-gap options before finally signing Bryant McKinnie in the middle of the season.  Despite a decent job at filling in and his desire to play more football, Miami must find McKinnie’s replacement.  Martin could be the answer.  He isn’t necessarily the ideal size of a tackle (6 foot 4, 305 lbs) but he has incredible strength and is technically sound.  Scouts say he is worth the risk.  I am not so sure.  However, I see the Dolphins attempting to bolster their weakest group of players and taking Martin in the event that a higher ranked linemen doesn’t fall. As of right now, this pick seems most likely.

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Miami has struggled to find a gem of a first round pick in previous years.  I still stand by their drafting of Ryan Tannehill, and after this season, we will know for sure how that pick panned out.  As for this season, I firmly support the BPA (best player available) approach to drafting.  While the offensive line definitely needs the biggest makeover, I think Miami has more in-house talent than they give themselves credit for, and I would like to see them address other areas.  Regardless of who they select 19th overall, I just hope that the player stays healthy, and lives up to his potential.

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Tags: 2014 NFL Draft Miami Dolphins

  • Johnny

    If throw Lewan in there… If he drops to us… Even though I think we will address LT in FA.. Lewan can move to RT and move to LT incase of injury…

    • Eric Roddy

      I appreciate the read and comment Johnny! Lewan wil not drop to 19, but if he does we should throw a party for getting such a steal that late. I see Miami either using a 2nd or 3rd rounder on a tackle (very deep in this year’s draft) or like you said going for one in FA. Lewan is a beast though.

  • Matthew Marcella

    What about a half back? It’s that or a strong lineman guaranteed

    • Eric Roddy

      Drafting A RB in the first round this year would be a waste of a first round pick. In fact, on almost all of the bigboards and ranking boards, there isn’t a RB projected to go in the first round. as for lineman, i could see that for sure. Look for Miami to draft a RB in the later rounds, no earlier than the 2nd or 3rd round. Thanks for reading.

    • tpl

      Good running backs are available later. George Atkinson is a later round pick. He’s 6’1″ 220, and runs a reported 4.38.

  • tpl

    TE Jace Amaro could also be a great selection. He’s just as fast as ebron, but a bit larger. I like the idea of Miami trading down from 19 to the late first and drafting WR Kelvin Benjamin. Plus Miami can trade Cameron Wake, and get a first round pick. Miami is deep at DE and Jordan needs more playing time.

    • Eric Roddy

      Not a bad idea, except for trading Wake. Jordan has not proved himself (yes I know he hasn’t played too much) but we couldn’t risk losing one of our only playmakers on defense. I like AMaro too though. We need to go TE first round, or WR or LB

      • Emmett Buck Stiernagle

        It doesn’t matter if jordan hasn’t proved himself, it’s about getting value outta wake before it’s to late. Wakes style of play limits him to a shorter successful nfl career, he relies on explosiveness not sheer power. I say trade him for a first but probably won’t get it

        • Eric Roddy

          Getting value out of wake would mean keeping him on the field and letting him continue to get sacks. Why would you want to get a first round pick (someone who has not yet proved themselves in this league or played one down, could end up being a bust) for your best defensive asset? Wake will continue to play at a high level, and using Jordan more will just free up Wake even more. Thanks for reading.

          • Emmett Buck Stiernagle

            Like I said before he will decline very fast and then it’s to late. I’m a big fan but it has to be done. Every player who is in the nfl began their careers unproven it’s always a gamble but you have to rely on the personnel dept. depending if and who wants wake makes for an interesting scenario.

  • Emmett Buck Stiernagle

    I keep hearing about how athletic ebron is. He is the same height weight speed as clay. Do people really forget what Clay did in college. The point is we don’t need another clay. Just because the pats were successful with multiple TEs doesn’t mean we should spend a first round pick on one especially since we drafted an exact replica in the seventh or sixth I forget. The writer is stuck in this fantasy and forgets we have glaring needs in other areas. We drafted egnew who looked like a bust but has developed slowly it will be make or break year. Then there’s dion sims who was mayb top 5 at his position in college who was drafted last year. I know u are probably trying to not be boring by picking people other then lineman but if u truly loved miami then be smart about it

    • Eric Roddy

      actually, Ebron is an inch taller, which may not seem like much, but it makes a big difference. Also, Egnew showed very little development. Dion Sims is primarily a run-blocking TE, and was used almost none in the passing game. Having a bunch of TE’s would not be a bad problem to have, especially if it meant creating competition and seeing who played well in what formation. I am being smart about it, I am trying to show that picking the BPA is the smart thing to do unless you are rebuilding, Miami is NOT rebuilding, and taking the BPA whether it is a lineman, WR, TE, LB, CB, would be the smartest thing to do. Ask any of the great teams in this league.

      • Emmett Buck Stiernagle

        I think egnew will surprise a lot of people this year. I think he caught every ball thrown his way and made a first down or two. Shoot he was even blocking as a fullback that was a laugh but still he was in, I know there was no one else on the team to do that so they thru him in but my take is he has shown improved blocking so coaches wanted real game experience. And how is BPA relevant when miami lead the league in sacks allowed and broke their franchise record.

        • Eric Roddy

          It is relevant because the draft is so deep at the OT and OG positions. There is not much of a drop off from the later first round OT and OG possibilities (which is where we draft) and the early-middle second round options. BPA would result in us drafting at least one lineman too, we just don’t know where.

    • Miami Jules (Julian)

      I agree with you on Egnew in that this has to be the year he’s either productive or we say goodbye, but we’ll never know unless we use him and we only did sparingly at times this year.

      • Emmett Buck Stiernagle

        Exactly

  • David Thompson

    We’re going to repair our OL in free agency and really we need an LT and a G. Brenner, Pouncey and yes even Clabo can all play (3 sacks last 12 games? yes clabo is fine at RT). Therefore, I take RaShede Hageman, 6’6, 320 to replace Starks at DT.

    • Eric Roddy

      Clabo absolutely does not belong on our line. That being said, I do like Brenner and I really like Nate Garner too. Hageman would be tempting, but why reach for him at 19? I think we should draft the BPA, regardless of his position, or trade down. Thanks for reading and commenting!

      • David Thompson

        Cmon now I know Clabo was absolutely terrible when he first came on board and I know he cost us at least 2 games including that horrific effort the first buffalo game, BUT that changed. Last 12 games he gave up 3 sacks, last 9 he graded out positively from PFF 8 times. Do you really want to try and replace 2 tackles this offseason, or do you take your bandaid and go get your LT? I take option 2, too many other holes.

        If Hageman’s a reach so is Martin, I’m seeing them graded out 25 (Martin) and 26 at CBS and pretty much the same unless Martin falls out of the top 40 all together (SI). I’ll take Hageman’s ceiling, guys that big who can move are worth more in my eyes. Now if one of the top safeties falls its a coin flip.

        After I’ve written a book here we could get really, really lucky taking the BPA approach (and you’re right we should). If 4 QB’s go then a stud is going to slide.

        • Emmett Buck Stiernagle

          Martin was a three year starter at left tackle. Heagman is new to the position and had one good season. Martin was a little inconsistent sophomore year but has been rock solid the past two. I think if heagman puts up good numbers at the combine especially the bench he might turn into a good nfl player but size isn’t always better. To me Martin is the safer pick and heagman is the reach and to be honest I think Martin is the best lineman in the draft, since he doesn’t play in the SEC he loses points.

          • Eric Roddy

            Both are reaches, but Emmett you’re right Martin is less of a reach especially since he is an OT who has played as much as he has. I would honestly like to see a TE go here or a menacing LB.

          • Emmett Buck Stiernagle

            I like LB but it’s a shame wheeler is owed money. It’s best to see what he produces this year first, he is really good at blitzing they should do that more

    • Miami Jules (Julian)

      David, I strongly agree with you on 2 of the points you make. I’ll go one step further and add that we need to, more than repair, overhaul the OL, but I also realize it isn’t going to happen this year, at least not from the draft and at least not in its entirety.

      RaShede Hageman is a stud and thankfully, this draft is really OL deep and options throughout all 7 rounds abound, so we could actually afford going DT in the 1st round.
      I could not however, disagree more on Clabo, and while the argument can be made that he stopped being a human turnstile at one point, he still failed miserably in other areas because of his lack of athleticism… most notably, the screen plays on his side often netted losses. We need 2 tackles and 1 guard IMHO.

  • Miami Jules (Julian)

    Nice article Eric, although I can’t bare the thought of fans calling for yet one more TE in early rounds, especially when last year there were many calling for Eiffert with out first pick when we should have obviously addressed the OL. This year we may be able to afford to take some risks early, because of the OL depth of this draft. I am not interested in drafting a TE but would not mind a very tall WR instead. Consider the Dolphins only have 2 WRs 6’3″ and up Binns and Ryan Spadola and one was on IR and the other on the practice squad. Time for Egnew to perform AND be used, or call him a bust.
    I like David Street from Pitt, 6’3″, in the 6th RD, but not as much as I like Brandon Coleman from Rutgers at 6’5″. The highest ranked TALL WR at this point is Kelvin Benjamin from FSU but he will obviously be going at about 19… What? Did I say 19? Mmm…Nah… Maybe! Watch some videos on these kids if you already haven’t.

    • Miami Jules (Julian)

      CORRECTION: Make that Devin Street… I do that a lot, I keep calling Lane Johnson Lance Johnson for some reason.

    • Eric Roddy

      I have been watching Benjamin all year, I would not be upset if we took him at 19. Part of me wants that OL shored up but part of me knows it is a risk after Lewan and the studs are gone.

      • Emmett Buck Stiernagle

        It is a risk but look what happened to Pugh and long last year, I would gladly have them. Even the tackle outta Alabama, I think he has plenty of upside, he was the reason dj Fluker moved to right tackle in college. There are some beasts on the o line this year and I hope miami takes advantage of that at 19

  • Patrick Keegan

    Maybe instead of ANOTHER T.E , who cant block we look at Austin – Sefran- jenkins,,,,, if thats how you spell his name,, out of Washington. He can do all what Ebron does plus run and pass block better.
    Maybe instead , get a monster W.R who can grab the ball out of the sky. That is something we do not have. The problem is we have soooo much millions tied up in our receiving core , the new guy wouldn’t get enough reps to make a difference, ,,,, kind of like Dion Jordans case.
    I may be going to extreme here but we might lose both DT this year , then both our lines would be our weaknesses. HOW SCARY IS THAT!

  • Patrick Keegan

    As far as taking a O.T in the first. Why would we want the 4th or 5th rated tackle with our #1 pick. That sucks and is not wise by any means. Either #1 rated G, or #1 or 2 rated DT