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Predicted Starters: Mike Pouncey, Jonathan Martin, Richie Incognito, John Jerry, Nate Garner
After losing left tackle Jake Long to free agency, the Dolphins became weaker on the offensive line.
Mike Pouncey has become one of the best centers in the league and will have no competition for the starting spot. He has been in the league for only two years and already plays like a seasoned veteran. Pouncey is the building block for this offensive line and will only get better as he gains more experience.
Jonathan Martin looks to be poised to make the move from right tackle to left tackle after the departure of Long. As a second-round pick in last year's draft, Martin stepped in right away and started all 16 games for Miami. He stepped in at left tackle when Long got hurt and proved he could handle playing the position. Like Pouncey, Martin is a young player that will help guide the line in the right direction and give them a solid player for years to come.
At left guard, Miami will be fielding a Pro Bowl player in Richie Incognito. He has proven to be one of the better guards in the league in recent years and has helped create running holes for Miami's running backs. As Miami moves to a zone-blocking scheme, Incognito's future with the team is unknown, but for now, he will continue to create a wall next to Pouncey.
As for right guard, Miami currently has John Jerry penciled in as the starter. Jerry has been disappointing during his time with Miami after being a third-round pick. He has shown up overweight for camp and has struggled in pass protection. A move to right tackle could be in the works for Jerry, but for now, he is Miami's right guard.
Miami was able to re-sign Nate Garner, who is a solid backup as he showed when Martin was forced to move to the left side and Garner was asked to take over at right tackle. As of now, Garner is the starter, but I don't expect that to last for very long.
If the Dolphins chose to pursue an offensive tackle in the early rounds of the draft, Garner would most likely lose his starting job to the rookie. Miami has also been in negotiation talks with Eric Winston, who can push Garner back in the depth chart. Even if Miami drafts a guard in the early rounds, it may be inclined to push Jerry over to right tackle and take over for Garner.