So there I was... watching the draft with a couple of my good friends, enjoying a beverage, and talking about the players being drafted. As a Dolphins, fan I watched excitedly as the ESPN screen flashed:
Round 2: Pick 44
Pat White, QB, West Virginia
Many fans of the Miami Dolphins have Pat White pegged as the receiver/hybrid/wildcat quarterback of the now.
Why not call him the quarterback of the future?
Pat White is an intriguing prospect for a wide variety of reasons. He truly is one of the fastest quarterbacks to come out since Michael Vick. He has the leadership skills of a Ben Roethlisburger. He has the accuracy of a Chad Pennington.
He is also intelligent, has excellent vision, and has the best pocket awareness of any quarterback in the draft.
The only knock he had was his arm strength, and it is far from unsatisfactory.
NFL scouts are enamoured with arm strength. If you have a cannon for an arm, you will get drafted in the first round.
No one will forget Kyle Boller's incredible show of sitting on his knees and throwing a football 50 yards through the goal posts.
Pat White quietly had some of the best workouts leading up to the draft. Bill Parcells was watching and champing at the bit to get this guy.
I do not buy for a minute that Parcels and Co. would spend such a high pick on a player to be solely used as a gimmick.
Sure, he immediately turns the wildcat into a more viable option. Miami will be the only team in the league to be able to have the perfected version of this offense. They have the right coaches, and now they have the right players.
However, imagine what he can do long term. Miami could have the most versatile offense in the history of the NFL. That is no exaggeration.
They could run the spread offense easily with a QB of White's nature.
With his abilities in the pocket, they could easily use a West Coast-style offense with boot legs and quick hits.
The Wildcat could become a staple because of him.
The often-rumored option offense returning to the NFL could finally become a reality thanks to him.
Can Henne do any of that?
That is not to say that Henne is not a worthwhile quarterback. The reality is that we have no clue as to how great either player is going to be.
However, do not close the book on Pat White as a full-time starting quarterback. I have a feeling that this novel is just beginning.