Drafted 42nd overall in the second round.
This was an interesting draft pick. Miami has Pro Bowl tackle Jake Long and just re-signed Lydon Murtha to play on the other side. Even if you're not sold on Murtha, it still doesn't address Miami's biggest hole on the offensive line, which is at guard.
The right guard position was so bad last season, the team got desperate enough to take Vernon Carey from his tackle spot and put him out of his comfort zone at guard. Then, they signed the aged Marc Colombo to play tackle. The line looked patch-worked, but patch-worked was better than when John Jerry played in at guard .
This is a solid pickup in terms of talent, but does leave a hint of bewilderment. If the team wanted to address their line's needs, then why not take equally talented but more versatile guard options like Jeff Allen or Kelechi Osemele. That way the team can be more adjustment-friendly depending on who stands out best among Jerry, Murtha, Nat Gardner or Artis Hicks.
However, this doesn't discount the talent Miami gets with Martin and by no means makes him the wrong choice. Assuming Carey is gone, he will definitely address a need and should greatly benefit from having Long opposite him, which gives him the easier defensive assignment earlier in his career.
This move also rings with the scary possibility the Dolphins are prepared to move away from Long once his contract expires. This seems a ridiculous notion, but Ireland has not been shy about keeping long-term contracts off the team's books.