2012 NFL Draft: The Miami Dolphins' No. 1 Priority

Jorden BonannoCorrespondent IDecember 27, 2011

MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 03: Orange bowl MVP Andrew Luck #12 of the Stanford Cardinal celebrates after Stanford won 40-12 against the Virginia Tech Hokies during the 2011 Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 3, 2011 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The Miami Dolphins had a disappointing season, yet again. They continue to have holes in all aspects of the game and just cannot seem to figure out how to play consistent football.

There are many areas where Miami must look in the 2012 draft, some more important than others, but I have decided to narrow it down to simply one position where the Dolphins need the most help: the quarterback. It is an obvious need for Miami, but some people have started to overlook it. They are starting to say, "Draft an O-lineman, or a safety; if neither of those, maybe a top receiver." 

This is where I draw the line and say...NO. I have had it with seasons upon seasons of mediocrity. I cannot bear to see it anymore. I am tired of trying to convince myself that Matt Moore is the answer for this football team. Well, he is not. He has played decent football and has shown only but a few signs of brightness; he is nothing more than a journeyman.

So where is this all going, you may ask? I will tell you. Miami must draft a QB in the 2012 NFL Draft. It might be a long-shot, but the Dolphins should trade up and draft Andrew Luck. There has never been a quarterback in the draft with so much buzz since Peyton Manning, and look at where he has taken his franchise. Year after year the Colts have gone to the playoffs with a mediocre team. They won a Super Bowl in 2009 and have been one of the most successful football teams of the decade.

This year for the Colts just proves how important the QB position is, and without their superstar they are just a 2-13 team.

It doesn't matter who we trade or how many picks, if the Dolphins draft Andrew Luck, then they will have finally found their franchise QB. It is something they have been searching for since Dan Marino. So why not grab it while they have the chance?

The problem with the Dolphins franchise over the past years can be summed up in one word: conservatism. They never take big risks and always come up empty-handed. 

It is time for a change. Whoever is the coach for the Dolphins in 2012 better be smart and take Andrew Luck, or they will quite possibly be in for a disappointing season.

Fans have been through hell and back with this team; haven't they had enough of this nonsense? Andrew Luck is definitely worth whatever it takes. It may be a couple players and numerous draft picks, but in the long run it will be for the betterment of the team.

In conclusion, some people will disagree with me and stay adamant on Matt Moore or a free-agent quarterback, and some people will join me in the idea that drafting Andrew Luck can possibly be the answer to this Miami Dolphins franchise.

Whatever you may want, remember this: In the past 10 years, Miami has been to the playoffs once (the wildcat season.) We lost in the first round of the playoffs in a beating from the Baltimore Ravens. Are the fans satisfied? I don't think so.

It is time to go big. Draft Andrew Luck in the 2012 NFL Draft, or prepare for more unsuccessful seasons ahead.