Miami Dolphins: Top 10 Quarterback Prospects for 2012

Robert MelendezContributor IOctober 8, 2011

Miami Dolphins: Top 10 Quarterback Prospects for 2012

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    Here We go again, the Miami Dolphins again will be on the look out for the next Quarterback of the future, as this season has started with dreaded record of 0-4.

    Chad Henne, in my opinion, showed major improvement from last year with better decision making and getting the ball down the field rather with his arm or with his legs. But with a winless record and now with the pending season ending injury to his left shoulder, the Dolphins and Dolfans are ready for a change. 

    Damon Huard, Jay Fiedler, Ray Lucas, Brian Griese, A.J. Feeley, Sage Rosenfels, Gus Frerotte, Daunte Culpepper, Joey Harrington, Trent Green, John Beck, Cleo Lemon, Chad Pennigton, Chad Henne, Tyler Thigpen, and after the bye week on Monday Night Football the 16th Quarterback in the post-Dan Marino era to start for the Dolphins will be Matt Moore

    Let's be honest, I don't think anyone expects this regime and next to believe Matt Moore is the long-term answer at Quarterback. So if and when the new regime is looking for their Quarterback, who is most likely to be the 17th Starting Quarterback post-Dan Marino for the 2012 Miami Dolphins?

Stanford Quarterback: Andrew Luck

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    Andrew Luck

    Height: 6'4

    Weight: 235 Ibs

    2011 Team: Stanford Cardinals

    2010 Stats:

    Passing Yards: 3,338 

    Touchdowns: 32

    Interceptions: 8

    QB Rating: 170.2

    Outlook: In 2010, Andrew Luck emerged as the top Quarterback of the nation and was considered by many as a favorite to be the No. 1 overall pick to Carolina in the 2011 NFL Draft, it was actually a foregone conclusion, but Luck decided to stay in college and Carolina drafted Auburn's Cam Newton instead; who last I checked isn't doing to bad. 

    Why Miami should take him? Why not.

    Bringing Andrew Luck will not only bring stability to the Quarterback position as a legit face of the franchise and Quarterback of the future, but will also bring back most of the fanbase who have lost faith in the once respected franchise. 

    Miami have wasted three second-round picks in the past three seasons (2008,2009,2010) on Quartebacks John Beck (Redskins), Chad Henne (Dolphins) and Pat White (retired). Neither one has even shown the stability that Luck can bring.

    Last time Miami took a Quarterback in the first round was Dan Marino and that turned out pretty good.

Oklahoma Quarterback: Landry ''Levi'' Jones

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    Landry Jones

    Height: 6'4

    Weight: 224 Ibs

    2011 Team: Oklahoma Sooners

    2010 Stats:

    Passing Yards: 4,718

    Touchdowns: 38

    Interceptions: 12

    QB Rating: 146.3

    Outlook: Landry Jones has alot of potential and he has shown that the past two years and this year as well at Oklahoma. Coming into a tough spot and filling the big shoes left by former Oklahoma Quarterback Sam Bradford, who was injured and then left early for the NFL Draft, Jones started slowly but soon progressed. Becoming one of the better passers in the nation making him a valued prospect in the 2012 draft for any team looking at a Quarterback after Luck.

    Why Miami should take him?

    Same answer for Jones that I had for Luck, why not. You will bring in someone that has an A+ potential that you can build your franchise around and help bring your fanbase back. A legit Quarterback with a legit arm.

Southern California Quarterback: Matt Barkley

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    Matt Barkley

    Height: 6'2

    Weight: 222 Ibs

    2011 Team: Southern California Trojans

    2010 Stats:

    Passing Yards: 2,791

    Touchdowns: 26

    Interceptions: 12

    QB Rating: 141.2

    Outlook: When Mark Sanchez left early and entered the NFL Draft, the USC Trojans were left without a starting quarterback. They had Aaron Corp, Mitch Mustain (both at some points during the past season were the second string quarterback) and true freshman Matt Barkley which created a three-way competition during spring practices.

    Barkley impressed his coaches and even Draft Guru: Mel Kiper who stated that "In three years Matt Barkley–who is a true freshman this year–will be the No. 1 pick in the draft."

    USC coach: Pete Carroll named Barkley his day one starter and since than has proved to be one of the better quarterbacks of the nation. He is accurate, has great vision, good footwork and a proven leader.

    Why Miami should take him?

    Even if Miami can't get Andrew Luck or Landry Jones, they wouldn't be able to complain with having to pick up Matt Barkley. He is NFL ready, running a Pro-style offense at USC and could very well be a week one starter in his first year.

Denver Broncos Quarterback: Kyle Orton

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    Kyle Orton

    Height: 6'4

    Weight: 225 Ibs

    2011 Team: Denver Broncos

    2010 Stats:

    Passing Yards: 3,653

    Touchdowns: 20

    Interceptions: 9

    QB Rating: 87.5

    Outlook: If Miami did make a push to acquire Orton it wouldn't be the first time, as they tried and failed to work a trade with Denver for his services during the offseason, but couldn't due to failure to re-work Orton's contract and Denver's lack of faith in Tim Tebow.

    Why Miami should take him?

    Though Miami couldn't work out a trade with Denver, Orton will be a free agent in 2012 and Miami will most likely make an offer.

    You know what you going to get from Orton, he may not put up Tom Brady or Peyton Manning type numbers, but he will bring leadership and a veteran presence to the offense, and is still young enough to build a team around.

Green Bay Packers Quarterback: Matt Flynn

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    Matt Flynn

    Height: 6'2

    Weight: 225 Ibs

    2011 Team: Green Bay Packers

    2010 Stats:

    Passing Yards: 433

    Touchdowns: 3

    Interceptions: 2

    QB Rating: 82.4

    Outlook: Matt Flynn is currently in the final year of his four-year rookie deal backing up Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay and will be an unrestricted free agent in 2012. Expect a lot of teams looking for a young quarterback to bid over him.

    He is a smart young Quarterback with star potential and can be a long-term answer at the Quarterback position. He was drafted in the seventh round by the Packers and competed for the second string spot with Brian Brohm.

    No one really expected much when he started in place for the injured Aaron Rodgers against the red hot New England Patriots last year, but he proved his doubters wrong when he went 23-37 254 yards two touchdowns and one interception.

    Though they lost the game, Flynn proved he had the potential to be a starter in this league.

    Why Miami should take him?

    He is still very young, but having four years under his belt and being the backup to one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL definitely helps. Flynn will be a free agent in 2012, so the Dolphins will not need to lose any picks or players in a trade for him. He is a risk but I would say very good risk.

Buffalo Bills Quarterback: Ryan Fitzpatrick

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    Ryan Fitzpatrick

    Height: 6'2

    Weight: 225 Ibs

    2011 Team: Buffalo Bills

    2010 Stats:

    Passing Yards: 3,000

    Touchdowns: 23

    Interceptions: 15

    QB Rating: 81.8

    Outlook: Ryan Fitzpatrick made alot of the non-believers into believers, not only for the 2011 Buffalo Bills (3-1) but also in him. He was journey man having stints in St. Louis were he was drafted in the seventh round, Cincinnati Bengals, and than Buffalo were he was to backup Trent Edwards.

    Due to an injury to Edwards, Fitzpatrick took over the starting responsiblities and the next year named permanent starter and has not disappointed. He has poise and leadership skills, which was shown in the Oakland game in Week 2 of the 2011 regular season where he led the Bills offense to five-straight touchdown, scoring drives in the second half to rally past the Raiders.

    It was the first time in NFL history a team scored in five-straight possessions in the second half.

    Why Miami should take him?

    He is in the final year of his contract and has been in talks with Buffalo about an extension, but they havent come to an agreement yet. One can assume that if by year end if, they do not agree on a contract, Fitzpatrick may want to test the free agent waters and see what he can get. If that does happen than Miami should make a push and try to sign the dependable veteran.

San Francisco 49ers Quarterback: Alex Smith

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    Alex Smith

    Height: 6'4

    Weight: 217 Ibs

    2011 Team: San Francisco 49ers

    2010 Stats:

    Passing Yards: 2,370

    Touchdowns: 14

    Interceptions: 10

    QB Rating: 82.1

    Outlook: The former No. 1 overall pick has had an up-and-down career in his years as an on again, off again starter in San Francisco. He has had seven different Offensive Coordinators in his seven years as Quarterback of the 49ers and did not have the luxury of Aaron Rodgers to sit on the sidelines a few years to learn from a veteran quarterback and perfecting his craft.

    Smith has shown major improvement in 2011 under new head coach Jim Harbaugh; showing better game management skills and throwing for 795 yards three TDS and only one INT. 

    Why Miami should take him?

    I do believe that Alex Smith can succeed and be the Quarterback many thought he was going to be, if he has a change of scenery. Proving that with a coach that believes in him and building the offense around his strengths, he can be successful dependable. As a free agent, he shouldn't come at too big of price allowing you to sign another veteran to compete with him.

Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback: Vince Young

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    Vince Young

    Height: 6'5

    Weight: 233 Ibs

    2011 Team: Philadelphia Eagles

    2010 Stats:

    Passing Yards: 1,255

    Touchdowns: 10

    Interceptions: 3

    QB Rating: 98.6

    Outlook: One thing Vince Young has proven during his college and pro career is that he muti-talented and that he is a winner. What he has not proven is if he is mentally mature enough to be an NFL starter.

    In his final year in Tennessee, he led the team to a 5-5 record throwing 10 touchdowns and had a rating of 98.6, but during a game he tore a tendon in his thumb and was pulled from the game. Following the game, he threw his pads into the stands and had an altercation with Coach Fisher in the locker room. Young was cut during the offseason by owner Bud Adams, who heavily favored him.

    Vince Young is currently under contract with the Eagles for one year and no coach is better at resurrecting talent, especailly at the quarterback position, than Andy Reid. So I do expect a much more mature and better skilled Vince Young when he hits the market in 2012.

    Why Miami should take him?

    He will be coming off a year where he didn't have a team depending on him and has had chance to learn from of the one game's best playmakers in Michael Vick and coaches in Andy Reid.

    Before the series of meltdowns in Tennessee, Young proved to a playmaker and a proven winner, and with the one year of rest backing up Vick in Philly and learning from Reid; he can be a better version of himself skill and maturity wise.

Denver Broncos Quarterback: Tim Tebow

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    Tim Tebow

    Height: 6'3

    Weight: 245 Ibs

    2011 Team: Denver Broncos

    2010 Stats:

    Passing Yards: 654

    Touchdowns: 5

    Interceptions: 3

    QB Rating: 82.1

    Outlook: Like Vince Young, Tim Tebow has proven time and time again that he is a winner. While at Florida, Tebow with his massive skill set became an instant legend and arguably the best player in college history. With two National Championships and a heisman trophy on his resume, one could assume that he would highly sought after in the NFL Draft.

    Which wasn't the case, both Jon Gruden who said "Tebow could revolutionize the game" and Tony Dungy who said "I would take him with a top 10 pick" were two of the few who believed in Tebow's potential but they were no longer with their respected organizations.

    The Bronco's shocked many when they selected Tim Tebow with the 25th pick in the first round but that was with Josh McDaniels at the helm, now it's John Fox as Head Coach and Broncos legend John Elway as V.P. of football operations who were hesitant to believe that Tebow can be their guy.

    So, if and when he gets his shot this season–unless he truly blows them away, I expect Fox and Elway to go and draft their Quarterback of the future and try and trade Tebow during the offseason.

    Why Miami should take him?

    Since Stephen Ross bought the Dolphins he has tried to established a celebrity red carpet feel, trying to bring back the once proud franchise their once proud fans.

    What better way to bring back and bring new loyal fans to Joe Robbie (Sun Life) stadium by bringing in Florida football legend Tim Tebow. He is still in his rookie contract and can come cheap trade, due to the fact everyone knows Denver wants nothing to do with him.

    So nothing more than a third or fourth round pick will do, and with his potential and game changing ability that is hard to pass up, especially if your New Miami Dolphins Coach Jon Gruden (Just a guess but that will be on my next article).

Cincinnati Bengals Quarterback: Carson Palmer

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    Carson Palmer

    Height: 6'5

    Weight: 235 Ibs

    2011 Team: Cincinatti Bengals 

    2010 Stats:

    Passing Yards: 3,970

    Touchdowns: 26

    Interceptions: 20

    QB Ratings: 82.4

    Outlook: I don't see Carson Palmer as retired (He actually hasn't filed the paperwork yet), but more like taking a long-needed break from the craziness of the NFL and Cincinnati Bengals.

    I believe when the time comes, the Bengals will give in and trade Carson. They have so much money invested in him that Mike Brown will bite his ego and send Carson off in order to get out of the big day contract.

    I am sure two first round picks will do, but the question is if Carson Palmer is worth those picks? You could say since his injury back in the 2005 playoffs against the Pittsburgh Steelers, he hasn't been the same and maybe he's not an elite Quarterback.

    But if you look at each season, and with the drama and injuries of the Bengals that went with them, he constistently threw over 3,000 yards and 20 touchdowns except for the 2004 and 2008 season.

    Why Miami should take him?

    If Miami doesn't have a high enough pick to take an Andrew Luck, Landry Jones or Matt Barkley. I believe Palmer might be the best way to go.

    Palmer is still young enough to be the long-term answer and to build your team around. And I am sure Palmer would be happy and rejuvenated with Brandon Marshall, Davone Bess and Brian Hartline at his disposal.

    Miami's Stephen Ross would jump at the chance to grab someone of Palmer's stature and the positive attention he can bring to the Dolphins. 

Who Will Finally Get Us of out of Marino's Giant Shadow He Left Behind?

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    So 16 quarterbacks later, the Miami Dolphins and its fan base will again have to look elsewhere to find the heir to Dan Marino's empty throne.

    If I was in the front office this coming offseason I will do everything in my power to land a quarterback in the first round, instead of finding a late round quarterback or a veteran.

    The three quarterbacks in the first three slides of my article (Luck,Landry and Barkley) would be my top priority.

    So fellow Dolfans, here we go again...So here is my list...what's yours? Let me and others know in the comment box.