2014 NFL Draft: Miami Dolphins No. 19 Pick

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Posted Apr 6, 2014


The Miami Dolphins will take...? Breaking down and calling No. 19

2014 NFL Draft

Analyzing No. 19


By Pete Fiutak 
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- VOD COMING: Check out Fiu breaking down the No. 19 overall pick, and the rest of the first round.

Last Ten No. 19 Overall Picks
Did the pick work for the team
that drafted him
?

5 - Hall of Fame potential
4 - Star Starter
3 - Average Starter
2 - Backup and/or disappointing
1 - Total Bust

2013 OT Justin Pugh
Syracuse (NY Giants)
Did It Work Rating: 3

2012 DE Shea McClellin
Boise State (Chicago)
Did It Work Rating: 2

2011 DB Prince Amukamara
Nebraska (NY Giants)
Did It Work Rating: 2.5

2010 LB Sean Weatherspoon
Missouri (Atlanta)
Did It Work Rating: 3

2009 WR Jeremy Maclin
Missouri (Philadelphia)
Did It Work Rating: 3

2008 OT Jeff Otah
Pittsburgh (Carolina)
Did It Work Rating: 2.5

2007 DB Michael Griffin
Texas (Tennessee)
Did It Work Rating: 3.5

2006 DB Antonio Cromartie
Florida State (San Diego)
Did It Work Rating: 3.5

2005 OT Alex Barron
Florida State (St. Louis)
Did It Work Rating: 3

2004 OG Vernon Carey
Miami FL (Miami)
Did It Work Rating: 3.5

Miami Dolphins
(scroll down for the last ten Miami first round picks and how they worked out.)

Miami, welcome to the first pick of the rest of your life.

After a disastrous year in terms of closing in the final weeks with a playoff spot on the line, and that little incident involving a few offensive linemen that garnered a few headlines, it's time to try to start over and just play and focus on football.

It wasn't a great year for the Dolphins in free agency, trying to fill in some of the offensive line holes with tackle Jason Fox and guard Shelley Smith, but the team doesn't appear to be that far away from doing something big. Think of it this way – even with all the adversity, and forgetting that the Richie Incognito/Jonathan Martin saga took away two starting offensive linemen – the playoff puck was on the team's stick.

The team is more than due to nail one of its first round picks. Ryan Tannehill has been fine, and Jake Long was excellent before leaving, but this is when all the recent high selections are supposed to form the backbone of the team, and they're just not there. Miami can't afford to get a Dion Jordan-like redshirt season out of its first round selection this year.

The 19th pick hasn't traditionally set the world on first. The Vikings went yard in 1988 with Arizona State OT Randall McDaniel and with S Joey Browner in 1983, Marvin Harrison rocked for the Colts in 1996, and Shaun Alexander was a brilliant selection for Seattle in 2000, but for the most part, this pick has been more about the Kyle Bollers, Tony Smiths, and Ashley Lelies of the world.

Miami doesn't need a Hall of Fame type; it just needs a solid starter.

Miami Needs A …

Offensive Tackle – Branden Albert is a decent free agent pickup, but considering it's right about now when the Jake Long/Jonathan Martin bookends should've been hitting their stride, and with a franchise quarterback to protect, it's time to find a starter.
Realistic Option: Zack Martin, Notre Dame or Morgan Moses, Virginia or Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama

Offensive Guard – While Jonathan Martin was sort of a sucky tackle before all the drama kicked in, Richie Incognito was actually okay. Shelley Smith is a servicable fill-in, but the Dolphins have to find options for the position in the ealry to middle rounds. However, it wouldn't be totally crazy to take their top guard option on the board here.
Realistic Option: Xavier Su'a-Filo, UCLA or David Yankey, Stanford

Wide Receiver - Running back was the bigger skill position issue until Knowshon Moreno signed on.  Mike Wallace was an okay free agent pckup, and Brian Hartline is okay, but the Dolphins need a No. 1 guy.
Realistic Option: Odell Beckham, Jr., LSU or Marqise Lee, USC or Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State.

The Pick Will Be …

OT Zack Martin, Notre Dame - It's way too obvious. The Dolphis could play around with the idea of taking one of the top receivers on the board, and they might just go for the best player available, but there's no need to mess around when a need area could be taken care of with Martin. He might not be Jake Matthews, Greg Robinson or Taylor Lewan, but he's an NFL starter either at tackle or guard.


Miami's Last Ten First Round Picks 
Did the pick work for the team that drafted him?

5 - Hall of Fame potential
4 - Star Starter
3 - Average Starter
2 - Backup and/or disappointing
1 - Total Bust

2013 DE Dion Jordan, Oregon (3rd overall)
Did It Work Rating: 1.5

2012 QB Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M (8th overall)
Did It Work Rating: 3

2011 OG Mike Pouncey, Florida (15th overall)
Did It Work Rating: 3

2010 DT Jared Odrick, Penn State (28th overall)
Did It Work Rating: 2.5

2009 CB Vontae Davis, Illinois (25th overall)
Did It Work Rating: 3

2008 OT Jake Long, Michigan (1st overall)
Did It Work Rating: 4

2007 WR Ted Ginn, Jr. (9th overall)
Did It Work Rating: 2

2006 CB Jason Allen, Tennessee (16th overall)
Did It Work Rating: 1.5

2005 RB Ronnie Brown, Auburn (2nd overall)
Did It Work Rating: 3

2004 OG/OT Vernon Carey, Miami (19th overall)
Did It Work Rating: 3.5