2018 NFL Draft: ESPN’s Mel Kiper crushes Dolphins for not picking QB

The Dolphins would’ve had to trade up to get Lamar Jackson. (Getty Images)

The Dolphins accomplished a lot in the NFL Draft, but the most notable omission from their picks was a quarterback.

With Ryan Tannehill yet to prove himself as above-average and there being reasonable concerns about his knee, the team is flying toward training camp without much of a safety net. A prized young quarterback would’ve provided them a contingency heading toward the end of Tannehill’s contract in 2020 as well.

That’s the biggest thing that cost them when ESPN analyst Mel Kiper gave out his post-draft evaluations. The Dolphins received the lowest grade he gave any team at a C+. Twenty-six teams got at least a B-.

“The one big question coming out of this draft: Where was the quarterback?” Kiper wrote. “Miami is really going to go into the 2018 season with Ryan Tannehill and Brock Osweiler as its top two QBs. I can’t give a B here.”

To read his full assessment of the Dolphins’ draft, click here.

The Dolphins declined a few chances to take a quarterback over the course of the draft, directly and indirectly.

As far as actual picks sitting in front of them, they passed on Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph at No. 73 in the third round, and he went four spots later to Pittsburgh. They also could have taken Richmond quarterback Kyle Lauletta in that spot. The Giants chose him 108th overall early in the fourth round.

They didn’t bite on Western Kentucky’s Mike White with either of their fourth-round picks, and he went to Dallas in the fifth at No. 171.

In the sixth round, Miami might have wanted Washington State’s Luke Falk, but Tennessee took him at No. 199. He needed to last 10 more picks for the Dolphins to have a chance.

At the top of the draft, they liked Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen the best. Mayfield was way out of play, going No. 1, but the Dolphins could’ve had Allen if they’d been willing to trade up from 11th to sixth. General manager Chris Grier said that wasn’t going to happen.

“We weren’t going to reach for any quarterback,” he said.

Miami also could have made a move into the back end of the first round to take Lamar Jackson, but again, as much as the team might have liked some of those options, it didn’t like them enough to give up other assets like second-round picks this year or next.

Here’s the full draft class:

First round, No. 10 overall: Minkah Fitzpatrick, S, Alabama
Second round, No. 42 overall: Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State
Third round, No. 73 overall: Jerome Baker, LB, Ohio State
Fourth round, No. 123 overall: Durham Smythe, TE, Notre Dame
Fourth round, No. 131 overall: Kalen Ballage, RB, Arizona State
Sixth round, No. 209 overall: Cornell Armstrong, CB, Southern Mississippi
Seventh round, No. 227 overall: Quentin Poling, LB, Ohio
Seventh round, No. 229 overall: Jason Sanders, K, New Mexico

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