Earlier this week, we introduced a new series looking at the Miami Dolphins' 2012 draft class. Basically, the Kansas City Chiefs ask themselves six questions about every draft prospect leading up to the draft. These questions come from Michael Holley's book "War Room," which followed three NFL executives, the New England Patriots' Bill Belichick, Atlanta Falcons' Thomas Dimitroff, and the Chiefs' Scott Pioli, as they prepared for the draft several years ago. We are using those six questions to look at the Dolphins' draft picks.
The questions, which are answered below about second round pick Jonathan Martin, are:
What will this player's role be as a Chief? | Will the role change from year one to year two? | How many downs can he be expected to play? | Which current player on the roster will he beat out? | What's his value on special teams? | Does he have positional
Let's take a look at Martin using these questions:
1. What will this player's role be as a Dolphin? - Martin will be asked to move over to the right side of the offensive line after playing left tackle at Stanford. He could very easily claim the starter's role, and most likely will. Martin also provides some insurance behind All-Pro left tackle Jake Long, who battled injuries all last year.
2. Will the role change from year one to year two? - Doubtful, simply because Martin should be the starting right tackle this year. If he's not, it will be because he struggled shifting to the right side after four years of guarding Andrew Luck's blind side. If he does struggle and ends up backing up someone like Lydon Murtha, who could give Martin a run for his money at right tackle, Martin should claim the spot by the 2013 season.
3. How many downs can he be expected to play? - He should play nearly every offensive snap, maybe having to rotate some early in the season as he adjusts to Florida heat.
4. Which current player on the roster will he beat out? - Marc Colombo and Vernon Carey are both gone, so the path to the top of the depth chart is pretty clear. Carey could be brought back if the price is right, but I don't see it actually happening. Martin's biggest challenger is going to be Murtha, but Martin should be able to claim the spot ahead of Murtha.
5. What's his value on special teams? - None.
6. Does he have positional versatility? - He can play both tackle positions, but probably projects as a better right tackle in the NFL than a left. Like I said earlier, he's going to have to serve as the backup for Long, so he does have that versatility.