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The Dolphins' Next Franchise Quarterback?
Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Matt Kalil will be off the board, and the same is likely for Trent Richardson, Morris Claiborne and Justin Blackmon (possibly in that order).
Therefore, Miami will be in a position to draft either Melvin Ingram, Quinton Coples, Fletcher Cox, or Ryan Tannehill, although the Jacksonville Jaguars may take one of the defensive talents with the seventh pick.
How does Miami feel about Tannehill? This depends on Mike Sherman’s report; he knows more about the quarterback than anyone else in the NFL, having coached him in college. If he believes the former Texas A&M man has what it takes to lead Miami to glory in a few years time, then Tannehill should, and likely will, be the pick.
If not, then the Dolphins need to take the best player available, and while Melvin Ingram may be that man, his limited size (6'2") and short arms make him a risky pick for Miami in their defensive scheme.
It’s impossible to discount dominant defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, but the re-signing of Paul Soliai doesn’t make this an immediate need, and Miami would be better served drafting to this need later to add depth on the line.
Therefore, I expect Ryan Tannehill or Quinton Coples to be the pick. It’s hard to see a situation where a team trades up for any player left on the board unless a player unexpectedly falls.
Coples is a physical beast, but his work ethic concerns me. He coasted through parts of his college career, and once he gets paid, it’s possible he could do the same in the NFL. That may be too big a risk considering his character.
Tannehill, however, is also a risk. He would need to sit behind a veteran and develop before he takes the field in the NFL, but his footwork and accuracy are excellent, and his knowledge of the West Coast offense makes him a great fit in Miami.
He might be more worthy of a mid-first-round pick, but quarterbacks are historically overdrafted, and there is no reason to risk missing out on Tannehill if they like him; it all depends on Mike Sherman’s feedback.
Short of a trade down for Brandon Weeden or a pass-rusher like Nick Perry, I just cannot see any real options outside of Tannehill.
Investing another first-round pick in an offensive lineman like David DeCastro would make the unit outstanding, but putting yet more money into the line is unwise considering the other gaps on the roster and the tight salary cap Miami faces.
Luke Kuechly is the dark horse as arguably the best player available, but would Miami draft an inside linebacker at eighth overall? It seems unlikely, although Kuechly would immediately be a fan favorite and is elite at his position like DeCastro.
However, it seems likely Miami fans could get the quarterback they crave. Tannehill’s knowledge of Sherman’s offense will help his NFL transition, and he has the good footwork, accuracy and athleticism required to be a top NFL quarterback with the right development—something he could also get in Miami.
That being said, I could easily see Miami trading this pick or adding the best player available, so while Tannehill makes sense, it’s not a guarantee. However, last year the obvious pick (Mike Pouncey) was the pick, so maybe we’re all just overthinking things.
Miami Dolphins select Ryan Tannehill, Quarterback, Texas A&M