If you watched the NFL Draft this weekend, you probably noticed that the ‘experts’ killed the Miami Dolphins for most of the draft. The ‘experts’ did so because the Dolphins did not draft or trade for a starting left tackle. While I completely agree that the Dolphins must find a left tackle, I will not harp on the subject from now until September. The truth is, they know they need another starting tackle before training camp starts. And despite what many ‘experts’ think, the Dolphins front office’s jobs are the ones actually on the line…not the ‘experts”. The Dolphins did not draft a right tackle or a left tackle. They knew what would be available after the draft and did not think the players that could have been drafted were better than their options.
The Dolphins came out of the 2013 draft, selecting only 1 offensive linemen, Dallas Thomas from Tennessee. While Thomas played left tackle for part of his college career, he moved to guard in his senior season (and didn’t allow a sack). Most would agree that Thomas projects more as a guard in the NFL than a tackle. That is where I see him fitting in. I think Richie Incognito will move over to right guard replacing John Jerry, and Thomas will be the Dolphins starting left guard.
But what about the tackle position? Right now, the Dolphins would trot out Jonathan Martin at LT and Nate Garner at RT (possibly competing with John Jerry). The Dolphins have not shown a ton of faith in Jonathan Martin at LT, because they haven’t signed a starting right tackle yet. The reason that is important is because Martin would be the Dolphins right tackle if they can find a left tackle. It’s all interwoven and has a bit of a domino effect. (CLICK HERE, continued on page 2)