The Miami Dolphins were expected to sign or draft a big name tackle to replace Jake Long, but it never happened. That’s because the team has confidence in their 2012 draft pick Jonathan Martin and he’s switching back to his natural position at left tackle.
The Dolphins signed former Atlanta Falcons Tyson Clabo to be the teams’ right tackle. That move allows Martin to move to the is natural place on the left side
Martin started and played impressively at left tackle at Stanford. He was a two-time first team all-conference selection and he started 37 out of 39 games during his career at the left tackle. Martin helped anchor an offensive line that protected former Stanford Quarterback Andrew Luck over a three-year span from 2009-11. He started 11 of 13 at left tackle as a freshman. Martin was an honorable mention his freshman year and as a sophomore was a first team All-American by Scout.com
Martin struggled in his transition to right tackle in 2012. He gave up nearly nine sacks in 16 games last season. When Martin replaced the injured Jake Long, he looked much more at ease at left tackle.
With the confidence of teammates Richie Incognito, Mike Pouncey and Ryan Tannehill, I expect Martin to excel at left tackle. He was one of the best in college at that position, and there’s no reason he can’t be one of the best in the NFL