Yes, it's way early for a 2014 NFL Mock Draft, but that does not mean they don't exist. SB Nation's Dan Kadar over at Mocking the Draft posted his newest 2014 NFL Mock Draft , updating a mock he posted last month. While the draft order is absolutely in flux, and needs will change between now and the May draft, we can still take a guess at how things will pan out during the selection meeting.
Kadar's mock projects five first round quarterbacks, starting with the Houston Texans selecting Teddy Bridgewater, which would be the highest number of first round QBs since 1999. A draft heavy with quarterbacks, especially early in the first round, could be exactly what the Miami Dolphins needs as they look to upgrade an offensive line that has been decimated by defections, suspensions, and injuries this year.
Miami, currently picking 18th in Kadar's mock, will target exactly that, if the projection holds true. Kadar has the Dolphins selecting tackle Antonio Richardson from Tennessee. Of the pick, he wrote:
Considering the current offensive line situation for the Dolphins, this would be an easy choice to make. Richardson, who blocks well on the second level and can handle speed rushers at the edge, would be a plug-and-play rookie.
The selection would be the fourth tackle in the first round, with Texas A&M's Jame Matthews going third overall to the St. Louis Rams, Michigan's Taylor Lewan being sected tenth by the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Alabama's Cyrus Kouandjio being taken with the 14th pick by the New York Giants.
Obviously, the offensive line is the biggest need for Miami this offseason. Do you think they are back to using the first round pick on a lineman - and specifically a tackle - or will they look for someone else early, then come back to the line later?