Draft Preview: Offensive Line

With the draft around the corner, let's examine where the Dolphins stand at every position, what they've done in the offseason and what prospects could interest them in the early rounds of the 2013 draft. This installment looks at the offensive line.

On the roster: Richie Incognito, Mike Pouncey, John Jerry, Jonathan Martin, Josh Samuda, Will Yeatman, Nate Garner, Jeff Adams, Andrew McDonald, Lance Louis, Chandler Burden

Offseason moves: Signed Lance Louis (Chicago); lost Jake Long (St. Louis); declined to tender RFA Patrick Brown

Analysis: Once the wide receiver poisition was addressed in free agency, this became the focal point — particularly after Jake Long left as a free agent and signed with St. Louis. The big question now centers around what the Dolphins will do at left tackle, which could be keeping Jonathan Martin there after he switched over from right tackle in the last month of the 2012 season or perhaps swinging a trade for former Kansas City starter Branden Albert. The addition of Lance Louis should help at guard, where Louis should compete with John Jerry for a starting job provided he can make a complete recovery from last year's knee injury. If the Dolphins don't make a move involving Albert, spending an early pick for an offensive lineman certainly would make sense. There's been talk of the Dolphins trading up in the first round to get the chance to take Oklahoma tackle Lane Johnson. Also don't discount the idea of taking right tackle D.J. Fluker in the first round — No. 12 is very high for a right tackle, except that Fluker looks like a can't-miss prospect and he might even be versatile enough to move inside to guard at some point.

The draft class: The story of the 2013 draft is the tremendous top-end talent at tackle, thanks to top prospects Luke Joeckel, Eric Fisher and Johnson. Those three are expected to be top 10 picks and it wouldn't even be a shock if they all went in the top five. There are also top high-end prospects at guard in Chance Warmack of Alabama and Jonathan Cooper. There's tremendous depth at tackle in this draft, but there's nothing exciting at center and a major drop-off at guard beyond Warmack and Cooper.


The top prospect: G Chance Warmack, Alabama (he won't be the first offensive lineman selected, but that's only because tackles have more value than guards)

Potential first-round picks: T Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M; T Eric Fisher, Central Michigan; T Lane Johnson, Oklahoma; T D.J. Fluker, Alabama; G Chance Warmack, Alabama; G Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina; T Menelik Watson, Florida State

Under-the-radar prospects: T Chris Faulk, LSU; G Brian Winters, Kent State; C Brian Schwenke, California

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