DAVIE—The Dolphins are adamant that they have the quarterback they need for next season in Ryan Tannehill and they plan on him being fully healthy by the time they start Organized Team Activities in May.
They also know taking a quarterback in the draft might be smart.
As Miami launches fully into offseason mode, it will be looking at quarterbacks with the No. 11 pick. There are generally thought to be five quarterbacks worth taking in the top 20 picks: UCLA’s Josh Rosen, Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, Wyoming’s Josh Allen and Southern California’s Sam Darnold if he chooses to leave.
“We’ve said we’ll always take the best player on our board,” Dolphins general manager Chris Grier said when asked directly if quarterback was an option in the first round. “I’ve talked from Day 1. We talked about the J.J. Watt thing. At d-end, we had (Cameron) Wake and whatever, but if J.J. Watt’s on the draft board when we’re picking, we’re not gonna pass on J.J. Watt because at defensive end we feel good.
“All positions, we’re evaluating everything. It doesn’t matter if it’s quarterback, tackle, defensive tackle—everything’s wide open for us.”
Grier is the point man for Miami’s draft operation, and his reference to the 2011 draft gives insight into how he approaches it.
Wake was coming off an incredible year of 14 sacks and the team had him marked down as a franchise cornerstone. But if Watt had lasted all the way to No. 15, they couldn’t have turned down that opportunity.
Instead, Watt went to Houston four picks ahead of the Dolphins. They chose Mike Pouncey that year.
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