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Dolphins-Marino met with Mizzou QB Drew Lock at Senior Bowl

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The evaluation process is already underway for the Dolphins and every other team in the offseason truth and part of that will be this week’s “Senior Bowl” in Mobile, Alabama. And, while you can’t read too much into teams meeting with players at a college All-Star Game in January, it’s still intriguing, when the Dolphins are talking to a QB.

And on Monday, it wasn’t just any quarterback that GM Chris Grier and his staff met with, it was one of the most successful ones in recent history in the SEC.

Oh, and the Dolphins brought in a “quarterback heavyweight” of their own to look him over.

Missouri senior Drew Lock confirmed to the Miami media assembled in Mobile Monday evening that he met with the Dolphins and that the Hall of Famer Dan Marino came into the room to shake hands and listen to his answers for the team.

And there’s good reason that Miami’s checking in the Lock. That’s because he threw 72 touchdown passes over the last two seasons. And, that included in SEC single-season record 44 of them in 2017.

Interestingly, that’s when now UCF head coach, Josh Heupel was his offensive coordinator.

Lock had former Tennessee coach and NFL offensive assistant Derek Dooley as his OC a year ago, and he had a career-high 63% completion percentage for Missouri in 2018.

As for the meeting with the Dolphins and having Marino in the room, Lock, according to the Palm Beach Post’s Joe Schad said:

“I had no idea he was going to be in there,” Lock told South Florida reporters Monday evening. “It was quite a deal. I walked in. There was a door like this. I was shaking everybody’s hand, and then was like, ‘Who’s that? Oh my god, that’s Dan Marino.’ He was over there. When I’m sitting in the chair, he’s back here (behind me) when I’m answering questions. You feel it. You really feel a presence in the room.

Obviously, a big reason for Marino to oversee that conversation is the major factor that the Dolphins have not been able to officially hire Patriots defensive assistant Brian Flores, as their head coach.

This is because, New England advanced to Super Bowl 53 Sunday night take on the L.A. Rams, and league rules forbid teams from hiring officially coaches, who are still involved in the playoffs.

So, not only can Flores not be with the Fins contingent in Miami, but any potential coaches ,much less his offensive coordinator to be, can’t be at the Senior Bowl on behalf of the Dolphins either.

Lock currently projects as a night two quarterback for the second or the third round in April’s draft, but his stock could rise starting with this week at the Senior Bowl.

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