2014 NFL Mock Draft Countdown: Miami Dolphins, No. 19

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Zack Martin, T/G, Notre Dame (5)

2014 NFL Mock Draft Countdown: Miami Dolphins, No. 19

Dec 28, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish offensive tackle Zack Martin (70) blocks against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during the second half of the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankees Stadium. Notre Dame Fighting Irish won the game 29-16. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Joshua Huffman:

Losing Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin was enough for the Dolphins to flame out toward the end of the 2013-14 season. Without thatsituation and eventual absences, the Dolphins clinch the No. 6 seed. The Dolphins fixed part of their offensive line problem when they signed Branden Albert. They’d love to add a versatile tackle-guard in Zack Martin. Martin could fill a need at right tackle or guard. If he’s gone, they’ll look into defensive backs.

Nicholas Pitakos:

While there are some concerns about Zack Martin, his greatest asset is his versatility. If for some reason he couldn’t pan out at left tackle, he could easily switch to guard and become an absolute stud. This pick is simple after the debacle that left Miami’s offensive line in shambles. Bringing in Martin would give them a sure-fire starter at some sort of position of need whether that is tackle or guard. Making sure their line stays intact is a must for the Dolphins with their first overall pick. Not to mention Martin is a great kid, which bodes well for the Dolphins after the whole Incognito debacle as well.

Scotty Bakalian:

It is no secret that Miami is looking for help along their offensive line. That unit was a disaster last season, and they are in need of multiple quality starters. They signed OT Brandon Albert through free agency, but that is just the first step in the process. OT Zach Martin would be a welcome addition to the O-line. The Dolphins would be smart to try to protect their young QB Ryan Tannehill with a rebuilt offensive line.

Stoney Keeley:

The fallout of the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin incident put the Dolphins in a must-draft position for offensive line talent. Luckily for them, Zack Martin is available.

Miami did land Branden Albert; however, the team could use three new offensive linemen. Martin has the versatility to play at either tackle or guard. The Dolphins are in too much of a bind to pass him up.

Matt Ward:

If you watched Miami play last year, you probably watched Ryan Tannehill get his bell rung several times. It really doesn’t matter which game you were watching, because the porous offensive line allowed constant pressure on the young signal caller. Added to that is the soap opera of Jonathan Martin/Richie Incognito that played out there, and the Dolphins need to focus on fixing that line. They have signed Branden Albert, and they still have Mike Pouncey at center. They need some more talent up front, and Zack Martin is the pick here. He was a successful tackle at Notre Dame, but could also kick inside to guard if need be. The Dolphins need a player like Martin that has some versatility on a line that had too many holes last year. 

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