Nothing is more important to the Dolphins this offseason than rebuilding an offensive line that was as bad on the field as it was dysfunctional off the field last year. The biggest step in that rebuilding effort was signing Branden Albert as the starting left tackle. The next step may be drafting the starting right tackle.
The Miami Herald runs through some of the possibilities for the Dolphins with their first-round draft pick, No. 19 overall, and right tackle looks like a strong possibility. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, a Michigan graduate and booster, “thinks the world of Taylor Lewan,” and it appears that Ross isn’t the only one who’s high on the former Michigan offensive tackle.
However, most mock drafts have Lewan going off the board before the 19th pick. If Lewan isn’t available, Notre Dame tackle Zack Martin would get strong consideration from the Dolphins as well. If the Dolphins can’t get either Lewan or Martin at No. 19, they’d be expected either to trade up to get one of them, or stay put and take a tackle like Alabama’s Cyrus Kouandjio, Tennessee’s Antonio Richardson or Virginia’s Morgan Moses.
Whatever the makeup of the Dolphins’ offensive line this year, it can’t help but be an improvement over last year, when Jonathan Martin left the team, Richie Incognito was suspended for bullying Martin, and the whole line faltered on the field. The Dolphins’ line was a mess, and the draft will be another step in cleaning up that mess.