The Dolphins Usher in the Spread Offense to the NFL

C. J. Krasyk@cfkrasyk2Correspondent IMay 30, 2009

DAVIE, FL - MAY 02:  Rookie quarterback Pat White  #6 of the Miami Dolphins drops back to pass during mini camp on May 2, 2009 at the Miami Dolphins Training facility in Davie, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

"With the 44th pick, the Miami Dolphins select Pat White quarterback West Virginia."

The Dolphins picked Pat White in the second round and in doing so helped usher in the spread offense. Don't believe me; just ask John Gruden.

On the NFL Network, Gruden said "the spread has officially arrived, and White was a wildcat who could throw."

The Dolphins spent rookie camp with White at quarterback, which is where he will play, but also during OTA's lined him up at wide receiver.

The Ravens were the only team that really stopped the wildcat last year. Now, with a guy of White's ability, it will be hard to read what the actual call is going to be. White has the ability to throw, run, and has the knowledge to run the read play.

No more stacking the box and daring the pass. White can kill you throwing the football. Don't believe me again? Ask Butch Davis. White threw for 332 yards as West Virginia beat North Carolina in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.

But don't be fooled to think that White is strictly a gimmick quarterback. Mike Mayock believes that White could beat out Chad Henne for the starting job in three years.

"If you are betting against this guy being a full-time quarterback, don't," Mayock said during the NFL Network coverage of the draft. Of course most of that hinges on White's ability to learn the offense and how much longer Pennington plays at a high level.

White has the opportunity to have a huge impact as a rookie. Don't be surprised if he wins Rookie of the Year. 

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