I can totally see Miami taking Dallas Thomas in the 2nd round if he's there. He's faster than Martin (under 5 sec), has played both LT and LG, and is athletic enough to be a good fit for this offense. http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Und ... homas.html
I get the general sense that people think Miami is going to draft a RT (assuming Long leaves and Martin moves to LT), but I wouldn't be surprised to see Miami bring Garner back with TE turned RT Yeatman backing him up. I don't think Incognito is a good fit in Philbin's offense coupled with a $4.3 mil salary, I can totally see Miami bringing in Thomas to be the LG / compete with Martin at LT, and likely releasing Incognito in August once they know what they have on the OL.
Great observation, FFM.
If an OG or OT of value slips to either of our 2nd round picks, I'd be all for it. Just don't take one at #12.
I'm looking at North Carolina G Jonathan Cooper. He's projected to go late 1st round, but he could very easily slip to #43 because he's strictly a zone-blocking fit.
It'd create a ripple effect: Inserting Cooper at LG from Day 1.. allows Incognito to move to RG, and moves John Jerry to RT to compete with Nate Garner and Will Yeatman:
LT - Jonathan Martin
LG - Jonathan Cooper/Josh Samuda
C - Mike Pouncey
RG - Richie Incognito
RT - Nate Garner/John Jerry/Will Yeatman
This OL wouldn't be an A+ unit, but it would be more than capable at a very low cost. QB Tannehill and RB Miller would be playing on rookie contracts, too. It allows the Dolphins to use their dollars on stockpiling playmakers at WR and TE.