Michigan Wolverines offensive lineman Taylor Lewan (77) during the first half against the Kansas State Wildcats during the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Dolphins ‘would be thrilled’ to have Taylor Lewan


The Miami Dolphins came into the offeseason with massive holes at every single position on the offensive line besides center, and they could still use a high-impact offensive tackle or guard to help Ryan Tannehill stay on his feet and Lamar Miller (and now Knowshon Moreno) find legitimate running lanes. I mean, Miller would have actually produced very good numbers last season behind adequate run blocking, as the Dolphins run blocking was even worse than the Baltimore Ravens lack of push.

A team official told Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald that the Dolphins “would be thrilled” if Michigan Wolverines star left tackle Taylor Lewan were available for them with the 19th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Lewan is clearly the third-best offensive tackle in the class behind Greg Robinson and Jake Matthews, and he’s one of the ten most talented draft prospects as well. However, he also has major character concerns, and those concerns are the only reason why we are even discussing the possibility of Lewan falling past the top half of the draft.

Lewan is still expected to be taken before the 19th pick despite these concerns, but his issues make him an interesting case for the Dolphins with the Richie Incognito saga still fresh in people’s minds (some have even compared Lewan’s character concerns to Incognito’s).

I’m not an insider so I can’t tell you much about his issues, but I can tell you that Lewan is an exceptional prospect who should be a great offensive tackle at the next level. If he were available with the 19th pick, then he would likely be the pick for the Dolphins regardless of his concerns. I mean, he is an elite run blocker and pass blocker due to his mean streak, strength, lateral agility, solid technique, and excellent athleticism. Lewan has the full package, and he isn’t far off from Robinson and Matthews as a prospect. He’s the No. 3 tackle in the class, but he’s a top-notch No. 3 and would form a fantastic bookend with big offseason acquisition Branden Albert.

If Zack Martin is available for the Dolphins in the first round, then they should also be thrilled with the tackle-needy Baltimore Ravens picking at No. 17. Martin has no character concerns whatsoever, and he’s a solid prospect who can dominate as either a guard or tackle. He isn’t an athletic freak like Lewan or Robinson, but he has the best technique of any offensive lineman in this year’s class.


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  • Johnny

    I like Lewan.. After him, there’s a big drop when it comes to tackles… Like his toughness.. (Ingonito type!) .. Not sure if Miami wants to go in that direction.. ( with all the BS last year ).. But he is a great Tackle… He can immedietly start at RT.. Then possibly be a franchise LT after Albert for the next decade… And I’m not sure, but Ross is a Michigan man…

    • Johnny

      Plus Lewan won’t even come close to #19… He’ll be gone by #12… I hope we can land T Zach Martin… Now I’m not sure.. He can easily go to the Giants, Pitt., or Balitmore (one pick ahead of us)… If that’s the case, and Martin is off the board, we can’t pass on CJ Mosley, the best ILB in the draft… Then hopefully we can land T Moses in 2nd round.. That would be the ideal situation..(if Martin doesn’t drop to #19)

      • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

        Yeah, I have the Giants taking Lewan at #12. Martin would be a great addition for the Dolphins, but I also believe he’ll be gone before pick No. 19. Morgan Moses would be a solid addition in the second round. Btw, I don’t think the Steelers will take an OT this year, but it’s not impossible either.

        What are your thoughts on the guard prospects?

        • Johnny

          I believe Yankey is the top G of the draft… He’s Pro-Ready and Athletic… He’s fit just fine in our Zone Blocking Scheme.. But I don’t like the idea of drafting a Guard in the 1st round.. And most likely he’ll be gone before our 2nd round pick… Is rather draft Mosley at ILB or Pryor at S.. Or even TE Ebron if he’s there.. Hopefully Martin is there at #19, then we can go in 3 different directions in round 2…

          • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

            Pryor at S? Not a fan of Delmas or Jones?

          • Johnny

            Big Jones fan.. But Delmas is on a 1 year contract.. AND he’s been injured most if his career…
            I think priority will be :: RT, G,(s) , MLB, S, TE, RB… In that order.. But also get value..

  • Dolfandave

    The way I ususally approach the draft is not to kid myself too much. My personal rule is if we think he would be a great pick then he probably won’t be there :). We have done a great job. The fact that there free agents out there who can be plugged in as well as a deep RT draft “protects us” from forcing a RT in round one. We can go BPA there and work on the O Line in the 2nd day (two picks).