2018 NFL Draft: Dolphins’ search for quarterback shifts to Round 2

Mason Rudolph is the next best quarterback available. (Getty Images)

DAVIE — The Dolphins’ plan for finding a quarterback in the NFL Draft is to wait and hope.

It remains highly unlikely the team will sell off any significant picks in this year or next year’s draft to move up, leaving the search on hold until the second round or later. Miami has the No. 42 overall selection in the second round and choose 73rd in the third, and anyone it considers in those spots will have far more question marks than the top four prospects — gone in the first 10 picks with the Dolphins sitting skunked at No. 11.

Now they have to prove they’re smarter than everybody else. They have to secure the kind of quarterback that makes other teams wish they hadn’t passed on him, and perhaps Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph will be that guy.

It would’ve been interesting if Miami got a shot at Boynton Beach product Lamar Jackson, but Baltimore traded up to take him with the final pick of the first round.

Rudolph is still an enticing prospect. He put up 86 touchdown passes against 22 interceptions and averaged 327 passing yards per game as a collegiate starter.

It’s going to be a tense wait for the Dolphins given that a few quarterback-hungry teams stand in front of them, particularly the Giants (No. 34) and Broncos (No. 40).

Beyond Rudolph, the Dolphins could have a shot at Richmond’s Kyle Lauletta and Washington State’s Luke Falk in the third round.

From there the Dolphins would be looking at nothing but projects on Sunday. They just finished one of those with no success, by the way. Brandon Doughty, a seventh-rounder in 2016, was waived this offseason after two years of being unable to play his way off the practice squad.

Marshall’s Chase Litton is among the late-round unknowns. He’s someone who could have been a second-rounder next year if he’d stayed in school, but he brings significant off-field baggage. Miami probably wouldn’t need to spend either of its fourth-round picks on him (Nos. 123 and 131) except for the fact that it doesn’t have a selection in the fifth.

Western Kentucky’s Mike White and Florida International’s Alex McGough are also worth a look when Miami gets down to its sixth-round pick (No. 209) and the two it has in the seventh (Nos. 227 and 229).

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