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Dolphins staff “kicking tires” on top QB prospects at Senior Bowl

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Tuesday brought the first practices at the 2018 Senior Bowl, and also, the Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase and front office, as well.

While the Dolphins certainly have needs for the upcoming NFL Draft at several positions: offensive line, running back and defensive back to name three, there is a lot of attention on the most important position, quarterback.

With Wyoming stud Josh Allen and Oklahoma Heisman winner Baker Mayfield both taking snaps and live reps, Fins fans are salivating at the possibilities.

There is no question that Allen has the size and the arm that fits the prototype QB mold. Interestingly, he’s spent time with the media defending his only average completion percentage of last season in college by trying to convince teams that what they see on the tape isn’t the player he actually is. He was at times sharp Tuesday and other times, threw the ball badly without a real pass rush coming at him.

There’s also this item from Joe Schad in the Palm Beach Post that among other things, Allen actually plays Madden Football, as….Ryan Tannehill of the Dolphins.

Next, Mayfield arrived after lunch time in Mobile, Alabama and came straight to the North practice to display his skills. Unlike Allen, he does not have the same size and rocket arm. However, he does possess great awareness, mobility and an “it factor” that has teams, including the Dolphins intrigued.

Mayfield for the first of what will be many times in this pre-draft process met with the media after practice and had to distance himself from comparisons to a similar sized mobile QB, Johnny Manziel. “Everybody wants to portray the bad boy, the Johnny Manziel stuff,” Mayfield said. “But I love the game of football. There’s no doubt about that. Emotional player. I’ll do everything it takes to win. I love being around my teammates and I love leading and having responsibility.”

Even though he’s there to practice and meet with teams, if they want, it’s rumored Mayfield is likely to skip the actual game Saturday. We’ll see.

Also, on Tuesday night, the Dolphins are expected to meet with Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph in Mobile. He’s unable to practice, much less play, with a sprained foot. But, Rudolph is projected to be a pick in the first two rounds of the draft.

With Miami picking at #11, they will be obviously be linked to the QB position for the next 90 days, but it’s a deep draft at that position, they can be selective.

Currently, they’re doing the smart thing. Go watch and talk to them all, as much as you can.

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