The Dolphins feel good about what the mined out of the NFL Draft this year, but not everyone agrees with them.
The biggest knock on Miami has been that it didn’t take a quarterback to play behind Ryan Tannehill and challenge him long-term.
“Dolphins fans who saw Rosen sitting on the board until No. 10 have to be let down,” NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal wrote. “Given that it feels like this team is stuck in quicksand, an indefinite future with Ryan Tannehill as the quarterback is hard to get excited about.”
The Dolphins, it turns out, are actually quite excited about Tannehill. Adam Gase has been touting his return as one of the biggest reasons he believes the team will improve offensively this season after relying on Jay Cutler and Matt Moore the last year-plus.
Tannehill, who turns 30 this summer, has not played since December 2016. He suffered a season-ending knee injury in a win over Arizona, then rehabbed it and reinjured it in training camp.
Prior to the injury, he was putting up some of his best numbers. He posted career-highs in completion percentage (67.1), yards per attempt (7.7) and passer rating (93.5).
While the Dolphins did not land a quarterback this year, it’s not absurd for them to push that search back a year.
Miami didn’t have many chances to take a quarterback in this year’s draft after deciding in advance it would not trade up. The first four passers went in the first 10 picks, and the Dolphins opted for safety Minkah Fitzpatrick at No. 11. Also, Louisville’s Lamar Jackson went at the end of the first round, 10 places ahead of the Dolphins’ next pick.
They bypassed Mason Rudolph and Kyle Lauletta at No. 73 in favor of Ohio State linebacker Jerome Baker. Rudolph went three picks later, and Lauletta went in the fourth round. They were 10 picks away when Tennessee chose Luke Falk.
Here’s a refresher on the full Dolphins’ draft class, which will be in Davie for rookie minicamp next week:
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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