Let the 2014 NFL Mock Draft fun begin. We've had a few instances of mock drafts having already been posted here on the site, including Keith Beebe's first mock of the year, but, with the Miami Dolphins' 2013 season complete, it's time to start looking toward 2014. And, one of the favorite offseason things around the internet is, of course, the Mock Draft. Yesterday, Dan Kadar from SB Nation's Mocking the Draft posted his latest projection.
The draft order for the first 20 picks is decided (other than the Baltimore Ravens and Dallas Cowboys holding a coin flip for the 16th and 17th positions), with Kadar's mock reflecting that order. That means, the Dolphins are picking 19th when the draft does finally arrive, the first week of May. Who could the Dolphins target, according to Kadar's 2014 NFL Mock Draft?
Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
Projecting an offensive tackle to Miami is going to be a common occurrence in mock drafts. In fact, it wouldn't be a surprise if the Dolphins used their first two picks on offensive linemen. Kouandjio obviously fits a big need, but he's arguably the best player available. Just scratching the surface of his potential, Kouandjio can overpower defenders but has enough quickness to stop speed rushers on the edge.
Like Kadar wrote, offensive tackle will be the primary position projected in mock drafts this year for the Dolphins, and it makes a lot of sense. The offensive line is absolutely the largest need for Miami, and tackle is the top position to address. The Dolphins could also be looking for defensive tackle, running back, and cornerback this year, but we should all expect a lot of offensive line picks over the three day Draft.
As for Kouandjio, I'm not going to complain. He's got a lot of potential, and he would probably be the best player at the position left on the board, if the draft goes as Kadar projects. Michigan's Taylor Lewan and Tennessee's Antonio Richardson both come off the board after Miami's pick, so there is still some flexibility with exactly who the Dolphins would pick. Lewan or Richardson could be the better option over Kouandijo, but it is probably splitting hairs at this point - at least until the Combine.
Are you ready for an offensive line heavy draft? If you aren't, you have until May to get used to the idea.
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