Heads or Tails, that will decide whether the Dolphins draft at 8 or 9th in this year’s NFL draft. While there were campaigns to Suck For Luck or Blow For Barkley or Lose for Landry the Dolphins didn’t feel obligated to listen as they won just enough games this year to take them out of the discussion for the top Quarterbacks in this year’s draft.
Not only do the Dolphins have the privilege of drafting at the back of the top 10 but they also are 3rd in the pecking order of teams who need QB’s. The Browns currently sit at 4 while the Redskins have the 6th pick.
As most already know there are only 2 top QB’s in this year’s draft. Mr. Luck is a certainty to go #1 to the Colts and RG3 will most likely go 2nd overall to whichever team is willing to trade up to get him.
The 8th/9th pick also most likely won’t allow the Dolphins to land a top playmaker as both Trent Richardson and Justin Blackmon are expected to be off the board at that time. The most likely situation would be the Dolphins taking Riley Reiff OT from Iowa. Reiff is a safe choice which fills a need and would help build an even strong young and talented offensive line. However he is not a game changer that will help this offense take the large leap it needs. Reiff will not put the fans in the stands and will not create the excitement that has been lacking in South Florida.
It will be difficult but in my opinion Jeff Ireland needs to move out of the pick. Whether it’s making an attractive offer to St Louis and going to get RG3 or trading down, there is a move to be made here.
If the Dolphins are planning on moving up it will most likely cost them 2012 1ST round pick + 2013 1st round pick + (Brandon Marshall or Randy Starks)
I am sure it is going to take a lot of negation to figure out what exactly works out best but when you haven’t found a QB in around 13 years, there is no time better than the present. Remember there is no amount you can overpay for a franchise good QB.
If that option doesn’t work because the Browns or Redskins outbid you or because the Rams demands are too high well then moving down should be an option too.
Picks 14 ( Dallas) and 15 ( Eagles) are too solid options where the Dolphins will still be able to juice up the O Line with David De Castro or take a WR like Jeffery or Floyd.
When April comes around Jeff Ireland has a lot of work to do.