ESPN's Kiper, McShay release dual 2014 mock draft

Matt Cashore-US PRESSWIRE

ESPN draft analysts Mel Kiper and Todd McShay today kicked off the official start of NFL Draft season with a dual 2014 mock draft. Not surprisingly, both analysts agree that the Dolphins will look upgrade their protection this May.

A wise man once said, "It is not officially draft season until the widow-peaked, beaked man and spray-tanned teenager put forth a dual mock draft." I forgot who said that, but his are words to live by. And with the 2013 NFL season officially in the rear-view mirror, we've reached the point where draft talk can be initiated without some idiot yelling out, "It's too early for that!"

To ring in the official start of draft season, ESPN's Mel Kiper and Todd McShay today put out their first dual mock draft of the year. And in a surprising twist, the two analysts agree on quite a few selections (including the Dolphins' No. 19 overall pick).

Before we get to Miami's pick, here are some highlights from the dual mock draft.

- Kiper still has Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel as his No. 1 overall selection. McShay's approach is a bit more conservative--he has South Carolina pass-rusher Jadeveon Clowney going first overall.

- Both analysts have Greg Robinson as the first tackle selected. His destination? They agree on that, as well--St. Louis at No. 2.

- The top three quarterbacks (Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater, Central Florida's Blake Bortles, Manziel) last no longer than the fifth pick in McShay's mock, and the eighth in Kiper's (he has Bortles headed to Minnesota).

- Both analysts are clearly high on Michigan tackle Taylor Lewan (11th overall to Tennessee in Kiper's mock, 12th overall to the Giants in McShay's) and Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan (both have him going to Chicago at No. 14 overall).

As for the Dolphins, Kiper and McShay agree that Notre Dame offensive tackle Zack Martin will be the pick. Here's Kiper's take:

"The Dolphins are in need of a versatile offensive lineman or two, and what Martin lacks in ceiling, he brings in ready-to-play value. He's got plenty of experience at left tackle, and acquitted himself well there against Senior Bowl competition. However, I think he has the smarts and experience to handle right tackle right away, and he could also be really good if moved inside. Did I mention the Dolphins need to add some talent on the offensive line?"


Not to be outdone, here are McShay's thoughts on the Martin-to-Miami selection:

"The Dolphins' offensive line issues--both on and off the field--have been well-documented, and the end result was an offense that finished ranked 26th in the league in rushing and set a team record for sacks allowed (58). Martin is a plug-and-play starter at either tackle or guard. The knock on him is that he has short arms, which has some projecting him as a guard (where he'd be great), but we think he has a chance to develop into a good starter at tackle because he was an outstanding OT throughout his career at Notre Dame, stood out as the top talent at this year's Senior Bowl and has good feet, good technique and a nasty disposition on the field."

Zack Martin to the Miami Dolphins would be great news for those who want to see a more natural zone-blocking scheme next season. What do you think, though? Are you OK with the Martin selection, or would you look elsewhere with the No. 19 overall selection? Let us know.

ESPN Insider subscribers can check Kiper's mock here and McShay's mock here.

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