Dolphins would love to find their starting right tackle in the draft

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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.

33 responses to “Dolphins would love to find their starting right tackle in the draft

  1. In the course of just a few weeks Taylor Lewan managed to skyrocket his stock with a terrific combine performance… only to tank it right back down with off-field concerns. The Fins really need to do some soul searching on if they want a guy like that on the team after everything that went down this past season.

  2. Ross has given well over $300MM to U of M over the years. I think he has some inside intel on Lewan or the ability to find out as much if not more than anybody else checking up on him.

  3. Who gives a crap who Stephen Ross “thinks the world of”…..

    File this under “why are bad teams bad?”…..because the opinion of the owner matters in personnel decisions……

  4. Oh I didn’t realise that Martin left the team and Incognito was partly responsible for that, you surprised me there. Why do you have to say that, you would need to be from Outer Mongolia not to know that. As regard the right tackle, take a punt on who is available at 19 don’t trade up, they are all good players that far up, who knows who is going to cut it, it’s pretty much guesswork picking a guy that can contribute straight away. Probably the most important trait to look for is someone without bad injury history as just about every new free agent we have signed has some sort of issue on that front.

  5. As long as they’re not spooked by the last name, the Fins should be able to get the Martin kid from Notre Dame without trading up. He is MUCH better than that next tier of guys (Kouandijo, Moses and the guy from the U), and doesn’t have the baggage of Lewan (who will likely be gone by then anyway). It would be the perfect delta of need and value for them if that’s how it worked out.

  6. Or maybe he really wants a different OT and is hoping that someone snags Lewan before snagging the guy he truly wants. There is really no benefit to telling the public his true intentions because then the odds of making that occur probably go down. I think people probably tend to place more value on something that appears to be in demand more than something that appears not to be in demand, even if both have the same true value.

  7. Doesn’t matter who the QB is if the Oline is horrendously bad.

    The Fins Oline last year was a revolving door. This is their single biggest need and if they can get that part of their team together they might be pretty good this year. Good enough to nail down 2nd in the AFCE.

  8. No doubt this Dolphins team will be better with Jeff Ireland out of the picture. I hope they go OT in RD1 and RB in RD2. The Defense is already solid.

  9. We will trade you Mitchell “I just got Bullrushed” Schwartz for your 2nd round pick straight up. Hey Irsay would do it……

  10. So would most teams. Does anyone believe the rest of the NFL does not look to improve and upgrade their offensive lines on draft day or do they just neglect everything for the glamor players?

  11. Someone should tell Ross that Lewan is a dirtball who’s been accused of assault and witness intimidation

  12. I think he has a legit interest in lewman and that is not a smoke screen. Remember before Tannehill got drafted rumors circulated for months about Dolphins interest in Tennehil….a lil side note do not be surprised if there is a draft day trade by Phins on draft involving C. Wake or M. Wallace…even though the Dolphins have denied the rumors I just can’t quite shake the feeling

  13. It’s pathetic that a team measures its success for over a decade by whether they beat NE, or lose to NE. Sad.

  14. The Packers have a former #1 pick at offensive tackle, Derek Sherrod. He’s going to be the fourth tackle. The Packers could use another center. Joe Philbin coached Sherrod at Green Bay. Just sayin’.

  15. Niner fans thank Miami that our o line got even more amazing. Martin is a great backup to have. Just needs a little TLC.

  16. B/c of all the depth this year, this is the draft to trade down not up. Trade out of the 19th spot & pick up another draft pick. More picks=better chance to find a good player.

  17. rainponcho87 says: Apr 7, 2014 9:32 AM

    Niner fans thank Miami that our o line got even more amazing. Martin is a great backup to have. Just needs a little TLC.

    Rainponcho,

    Trust me–bullying aside–Martin is a terrible OT. He’ll never see the field in SF.

  18. CJ Moseley in 1st
    Good RT & RG in rounds 2 & 3
    (This draft is deep in OL talent)
    Go for CB (Gaines)/RB (Gaffney) in 4 & 5 then BPA

    Sign a vet like former Texan/Dolphin Wade Smith as depth/mentor/competition (he knows the system) or former Buc Davin Joseph.

    Solid Line. Playmaker LB.
    Upgrade some skill positions. Smart Draft.

  19. @rainponch87

    Yeah, he is a great Backup… Ranked 59th out of 64 OT’s. A Practice Squad player beat him out, which prompted his whole baby melt-down! Good Luck with that. I bet he doesn’t even make the Roster, so we Dolphins Fans thank San Francisco for the Draft Pick. Getting anything for that Soft Loser is worth it.

  20. Can they draft an owner and a coach! SELL THE TEAM, STEPHEN “LOSS!” FIRE JOE PHILBIN! Any other team that choked the way the DON’T PHINS did would have fired its coach! EXPLAIN TO ME WHY PHILBIN’S STILL THERE!

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