The Miami Dolphins’ 2019 NFL draft board is written down in pencil, and trade-up and trade-down eventualities have been thrown round because the NFL’s annual house owners conferences occurred in March.
However there’s an more and more doubtless situation that the Dolphins must be ready for on Thursday throughout the first spherical of the draft: Their prime sensible quarterback prospect (after Kyler Murray) might fall inside a couple of spots or probably fall to their No. 13 choice. Will Miami draft him (doubtless Dwayne Haskins or Drew Lock) or cross as a result of he isn’t worthy of being their franchise quarterback?
Dolphins common supervisor Chris Grier could have remaining say on that call, and the stress is on Grier and his workers to withstand the temptation to decide on a quarterback whom they like however do not love.
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“The stress is self-imposed,” Grier mentioned. “I would really like each choose to work and everybody saying how nice of a job you do. However it may occur — you are going to miss on guys and get criticized. On the finish of the day, while you construct by way of the draft, it is necessary. … Errors are inevitably going to occur, however you wish to attempt to restrict to possibly one a draft or one thing like that.”
And that one mistake cannot be at quarterback.
Many NFL franchises have been set again a number of years due to a poor draft choice on the sport’s most necessary place. It is almost unattainable to win a championship and not using a good one. And there lies the dilemma of the rebuilding Dolphins — possibly the NFL’s most quarterback-needy crew — drafting from a QB class with a lot uncertainty after Murray, the potential No. 1 total choose.
When requested if he sees any potential franchise quarterbacks within the 2019 class, Grier hesitated, and mentioned, “Umm, there may very well be.” He then described how a lot danger there may be in drafting first-round quarterbacks, significantly those that have so little beginning expertise in school — resembling Haskins (he began solely 14 video games at Ohio State).
“Quarterbacks have been so hit-and-miss. When you examine them, 50 % or much less find yourself turning into even good beginning quarterbacks. So it is arduous to say,” Grier mentioned. “However each class has one or two quarterbacks who turn out to be a very good participant within the league.
Dwayne Haskins is a gifted pocket passer out of Ohio State with good arm power.
“It is a good class of quarterbacks. I’d say that, once more, like all of them, this class in all probability has some gamers that have not began as many video games as you wish to see when it comes to serving to paint the image for what they may very well be, so it is just a little extra projection on lots of them.”
When you learn the tea leaves from Grier and the Dolphins all through this offseason, one would glean that Miami is not in “love” with any of the non-Murray quarterbacks on this draft.
Veteran journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick is the Dolphins’ present beginning quarterback. Regardless of his colourful persona and robust locker room presence, the Dolphins can’t be taken significantly as a playoff contender till they draft a real franchise quarterback.
The temptation of nabbing a extremely touted quarterback within the first spherical, and promoting hope to a fan base that desperately desires a star to root for, is tantalizing. And the blowback of passing on one could be heavy, too.
With a newly drafted first-round quarterback, curiosity within the crew would improve. What appears like an arduous multiyear rebuild would have a vivid, marketable face at QB to get everybody by way of the darkish days. Locker room morale doubtless would go up and new coach Brian Flores would have even stronger floor to face on as he tries to construct a successful tradition in Miami. Haskins and Lock may even be adequate to be long-term starters.
Drew Lock has supreme dimension and athleticism and pace with a big-time arm and a clean supply.
But when Grier and the Dolphins do not consider both can deliver a championship to Miami, they need to resist the “self-imposed” stress to draft considered one of them.
The Dolphins spent the previous few seasons settling at quarterback with Ryan Tannehill. That point ought to be over beneath Grier and Flores. The Dolphins must be certain their subsequent franchise chief beneath heart will likely be a house run.
If Miami does not love both Haskins or Lock, it ought to cross on each within the first spherical, choose a quarterback within the center rounds and take a look at once more within the 2020 draft, through which the QB crop is predicted to be higher. Oh, and by the way in which, this draft is wealthy in offensive and defensive linemen, positions that fill Miami’s No. 2 and No. three wants.
The horny choose is not all the time the proper choose. If Grier is even barely hesitant to pressure the Dolphins to go all-in on considered one of this draft’s premier quarterbacks, he ought to resist the temptation to settle.