But there is an increasingly likely scenario that the Dolphins have to be prepared for on Thursday during the first round of this draft: Their very best realistic quarterback prospect (after Kyler Murray) could collapse in several areas or fall into their No. 1 3 selection.
Dolphins general manager Chris Grier could have final say on such a decision, and the pressure is really on his team and Grier to withstand the urge to settle.
“The pressure is self imposed,” Grier said. “I would like every choice to work and everybody else saying how good work that you do. However, it will occur — receive penalized and you are going to miss out on guys. At the day’s close, whenever you build through the draft, then it is crucial. … Mistakes are inevitably going to happen, however you would like to try to limit to maybe a draft or something like that.”
And that one mistake can’t be quarterback.
NFL franchises have been put back several years because of a draft selection at the game’s most important position. It’s nearly impossible to win a championship without a good one. And there lies the problem of this re building Dolphins — maybe the NFL’s very quarterback-needy team — drafting from the QB class with so much doubt after Murray, the possible No. 1 overall pick.
When asked if he sees any potential franchise quarterbacks from the 20-19 class, Grier hesitated, and said,”Umm, there might possibly be .” He explained how much risk there is in drafting first-round quarterbacks, particularly people who have little starting experience in faculty — including as Haskins (he started just 14 games in Ohio State).
“Quarterbacks have been hit-and-miss. 50 percent or less end up becoming even good quarterbacks if you study them. So it’s hard to say,” Grier said. “But every class has just one or 2 quarterbacks who become a great player in the league.
Dwayne Haskins can be really a talented pocket passer from Ohio State with superior arm strength.
“This really is a great class of quarterbacks. I would mention thatagain, like most of these, this class probably contains some players that have not started as many games as you’d want to see in terms of helping paint the film for what they are, so it has a little more projection onto a lot of those.”
If you examine the tea leaves out of Grier and the Dolphins during this offseason, then an individual could glean that Miami isn’t in”love” with any of those non-Murray quarterbacks in this draft.
Veteran journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick may be the Dolphins’ current starting quarterback. Despite locker room presence and his vivid personality, the Dolphins can not be used as a playoff contender till they draft a true franchise quarterback.
The temptation of selling expect to a group of fans that desperately wants a celebrity to cause, also nabbing a highly acclaimed quarterback from the first round, is tantalizing. And the bloWBAck of departure using one might be thick, also.
With a recently hailed first-round quarterback, interest from the team would increase. What resembles an arduous rebuild might have a marketable face at QB to get every one through the dreary days. Locker room morale likely would go upward and fresh coach Brian Flores might have ground to stand on as he attempts to build a culture in Miami. Lock and haskins may even be sufficient to be longterm starters.
Drew Lock has rate and athleticism and ideal size with a big-time arm and a smooth delivery.
But if Grier and the Dolphins don’t believe either can bring a championship to Miami, they should withstand the”self imposed” pressure to draft them.
The Dolphins spent the last couple of seasons settling with Ryan Tannehill in quarterback. This time needs to be over under Flores and Grier. The Dolphins have to be sure their franchise leader under centre will soon be a home run.
If Miami doesn’t enjoy either Lock or Haskins, it should pass on both from the first round, choose a quarterback at the middle rounds and decide to try again at the 2020 draft, at. Oh, and by the way, this draft is rich in offensive and defensive linemen, positions that satisfy Miami’s No. 2 and No. 3 needs.
The sexy selection is the perfect choice. If Grier is marginally hesitant to force the Dolphins to go all in on one of the premier quarterbacks of the draft, he should withstand the urge to stay.