After Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, it’s obvious that the Miami Dolphins have little to no hope of grabbing one of the top two quarterbacks in the upcoming draft, while sitting at their 13th pick.
With Oklahoma Heisman winning quarterback Kyler Murray measuring at 5 foot 10 in Indy, and with each passing day, it’s seeming more and more likely that the Arizona Cardinals will draft him number one overall with new head coach Kliff Kingsbury. So, that would leave the Fins will be in a battle with a bunch of other teams after that for what to do.
And the likelihood of teams like a Giants or the Jaguars taking Ohio State’s record breaking quarterback Dwayne Haskins at either number 6 or number 7 is alos strong. So too, is the possibility that another team picking later in the first round wanting to potentially trade into the top six or seven to grab Haskins for themselves.
Murray announced that he won’t be throwing Saturday for teams at the Combine, and they’ll have to wait a couple more weeks to see him at Oklahoma’s Pro Day. Haskins is likely to throw/participate on Saturday and at a subsequent Buckeyes Pro Day.
And, unless Miami looks to dramatically vault up by parting with multiple premium draft picks for this year and next year’s draft, they have to explore other options.
Now obviously, there is huge opportunity in free agency coming up soon, but the Dolphins are salary cap strapped at the moment and will have to clear more room to be able to go after someone like Eagles unrestricted Super Bowl winning quarterback, Nick Foles.
There’s also former South Florida high school product, Louisville college star and Vikings-Saints QB Teddy Bridgewater, who would come to Miami or somewhere else, at a lesser price.
Two other names to keep an eye on for the Draft or Mizzou’s Drew Lock and Duke’s Daniel Jones who are both different than Murray, specifically. That’s because they are both over 6 foot 3, over 220 lb and pocket style passers.
Still, there’s a long way to go in college evaluation process and it’s not likely that Miami is that enamored with either Lock or Jones at the 13th spot. However, a trade down might suit the Dolphins to pick one of those guys?
At the beginning of March, there is so much speculation and hype it’s tough to see your way through all of it, and we will almost have to wait, one development at a time, to find out what teams, like the Dolphins who don’t sit high up in the draft choose to do first with free agency looming.
Then, we’ll have a better idea of who really needs a QB (or another position) before we ever get to the selection process in late April?
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