Miami Dolphins Offseason To Do List: Part II Find a QB2
The Miami Dolphins have their starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill returning after missing the entire 2017 season. Replacement Jay Cutler did not go as planned and look for him to head back to the broadcasting booth. Matt Moore is no longer under contract, and at age 33 Miami has seen all they’re going to get out of their back up. That raises the question, What is Miami going to do if Tannehill goes down again?
Finding a quarterback in free agency will be pricey. With most of the free agent quarterbacks looking for big money deals Miami will have to settle for a low end back up or try to find one in the draft.
Whether Miami uses their number 11 overall selection or one of their middle round picks, Miami will need to select a quarterback.
Some quarterbacks prospects include, Wyomings Josh Allen, a 6’5 junior who is considered a raw prospect. Allen completed 56.3% of his passes for 1,812 yards, 16 touchdowns, and six interceptions. Allen is looked at as a guy who needs to sit and learn first which could be what Miami needs with Ryan Tannehill as the current starting quarterback.
Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma was this seasons Heisman Trophy winner. Mayfield led the Sooners to a College Football Playoff berth while completing 70.5% of his passes for 4,627 yards, 43 touchdowns, and six interceptions. Mayfield has high upside and great playmaking ability, but many see his 6’1 height as an issue at the next level.
UCLA’s Josh Rosen and USC’s Sam Darnold are expected to be long gone by pick 11 but if wither was their Miami might took a good hard look at one of them. Rosen completed 62.5% of his passes for 3,717 yards, 26 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. Rosen has all the tools to be a very good quarterback in the NFL, but there have been concerns over his attitude, and his true love for the game. Darnold completed 63.1% of his passes, for 4,143 yards, 26 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions. Darnold, barring setback will be a top 10 pick.
Some later round quarterbacks that Miami could have interest in is last seasons Heisman winner and one of this years Heisman finalist is Louisville’s Lamar Jackson. Jackson is a dual threat quarterback who some believe to be a wide receiver in the NFL. If Miami wants to give Jackson a chance at quarterback it would be a project to develop under Ryan Tannehill. Jackson completed 59% of his passes, for 3,660 yards, 27 touchdowns, 10 interceptions. Jackson also added 1,601 yards on the ground with 18 touchdowns.
Another mid round option is Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph. Rudolph is a mid round quarterback with very good upside if groomed right. Rudolph completed 65% of his passes, for 4.904 yards, 37 touchdowns, and nine interceptions.
Washington State’s Luke Falk, Western Kentucky’s Mike White, NC States Ryan Finley, and Memphis’ Riley Ferguson.