Miami Dolphins: It’s time to draft a quarterback
Well Miami Dolphins fans it’s that time of year again. Time to sit back and semi enjoy the NFL playoffs disappointed your team is not in them. If the 6 win season isn’t enough to depress you, surely the division rival Buffalo Bills are after a drought that started in 1999. Of course, the New England Patriots took the division, again and even the New York Jets over performed. Then there’s the Dolphins.
It seems the team’s fate took an ill-fated turn when quarterback Ryan Tannehill went down with a knee injury. Then there was the Jay Cutler experiment, the Matt Moore experiment again, and back to Jay Cutler. The team held on to zero consistency at quarterback this season due to injuries and sloppy play. At one point David Fales got in the game and didn’t look too bad. So how does the team address the position this offseason?
The free agent class won’t be much help. Sure there are some great sounding young QBs on that list like Jimmy Garoppolo and Teddy Bridgewater but with the money invested in Ryan Tannehill don’t look for Miami to have the necessary means of bringing either of them in. Then of course there’s Kirk Cousins and but at 29 unless he unseats Tannehill next season he wouldn’t get his first start with the team until his 30’s and isn’t the long-term answer. Even the mid level talent like Sam Bradford and Josh McCown haven’t exactly shown they can step in and consistently lead a team down the stretch. Signing either of the pair or a quarterback with similar skills wouldn’t be much of an upgrade from Matt Moore.
The only thing left to do is draft a quarterback. It’s the perfect scenario for the Miami Dolphins. They don’t need to waste a first round pick on a quarterback if they know Ryan Tannehill will be their starter next year. The past few seasons they’ve been talking about drafting and developing young talent. Nothing takes the pressure off like not having to be the guy right away.
The Dolphins will more than likely try to shore up their offensive line in the first round of the draft but have never been shy about trading up or down for prospective starters. Nor have they turned down the chance to take the best player available taking the risk on Laremy Tunsil. However, should the Dolphins find projected second rounder Drew Lock there when they select, it would be a perfect passion project for head coach Adam Gase. Lock has been projected as high as late round 1 and all the way down in round 5. He’s got the arm strength and talent, but struggles with consistency. He could either be the insurance plan if Tannehill doesn’t have the season he was project for in 2017, or he can be the teams Aaron Rodgers who sits behind the incumbent starter until his number is called and perfects their game. If the Miami Dolphins pass on an opportunity like this, their quarterback will be the death of them for years to come. Follow @Coach_Rick12