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There is a solid core in place along the offensive line for the Miami Dolphins, starting with center
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“We’re going to try to upgrade the offensive line as whole,” he said last week during his pre-draft press conference. “Where we do it (and) how we do it, right now, we have a really good core of players with Jonathan and Richie and John and obviously Pouncey, and I think Nate’s in that core group of guys at this point. Behind them, we have a very young group of guys that don’t have a lot of experience. So we need to add depth there. We need to add some experience. We certainly need to add some talent on the offensive line.”
Once Ireland and the Dolphins convinced themselves that they could let four-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jake Long depart as a free agent, Martin’s stock rose. Ireland is leaving it up to Head Coach Joe Philbin, offensive coordinator Mike Sherman and offensive line coach Jim Turner to determine whether he’s a better fit at left tackle or right tackle, but the fact that Martin is that flexible is seen as a positive.
Martin is still developing and how much stronger he gets during the offseason conditioning drills and mini-camps will go a long way towards making that decision for the coaching staff an easy one. He played left tackle all through college at Stanford, protecting quarterback Andrew Luck, so he’s naturally comfortable over there, but with 11 draft picks at his disposal one week from Thursday and free agency still not over, there are enough avenues available to cover Miami’s bases.
“Obviously, we have all of our options open,” Ireland said. “There are still free agents on the street. There are still guys in the trade market that are available and then we have the draft that’s two weeks away that certainly we could go that route as well. Obviously, I think we’ll probably be active in maybe one of those pieces and maybe more.”