Over the next few weeks we will be covering the draft. I will breakdown areas and throw some names out there you know and some you may not. In the past the time of the draft was not always so great for Dolfans, but it seems with BP and Company days of selecting Eric Kumerow and Jamar Fletcher appear to be over. Hopefully we will have some good discussions over them and see if we can start painting a picture of what Miami will do.
Today I am going to look at Quarterbacks. QB along with RB may be the most solid areas on the team, but the NFL is a talent gathering league, so you never know what they may do.
Currently on the roster Miami has Chad Pennington (32), Chad Henne (23), and John Beck (28) on the roster. While many feel Miami is set at QB, with a returning veteran starter, one young under-study and one not so young third string QB I am not sure John Beck will be on the Dolphins roster when camp starts in July. I look for Ireland to try and move Beck for a late round pick, or just give him his outright release.
I don’t look for Miami to spend anything higher than a mid-round draft pick on a QB. So here are some QBs that might be worthwhile to look at in the mid rounds or later.
Hunter Cantwell, Louisville, 6’5”, 230lbs. He has the size and arm strength to make it in the NFL. In 2006 when he filled in for an injured Brian Brohm he looked very good. In 2008 when it was his turn with a lack of talent around him he didn’t look so good. He could be a nice project if he is there in the late rounds.
Cullen Harper, Clemson, 6”4”, 215lbs. After his 2007 campaign Harper looked to be one of the top QBs in the nation coming into the 2008 season. Harper was once considered to be a lock for a first round pick but after a dismal 2008 season for Clemson Harper could be looking at being a later round pick or undrafted free agent.
Drew Willy, Buffalo, 6’4”, 213lbs. He really caught the eye of scouts in 2008 where he completed 68% of his passes for 2500 yards, and did not throw a pick in his final 8 games. He is projected as a 7th round pick or undrafted free agent. And come on, with a name like Drew Willy, he belongs in the NFL!
And the player Miami is rumored to have an interest in.
Pat White, West Virginia, 6’1”, 185lbs. White will not be a QB in the NFL. He will more than likely workout with the wide receivers at the combine and while he has a lot to learn as a WR he is a dynamic player in the open field. Rumor is they have interest in White as a possible option to run the Wildcat, or at least add another wrinkle to it. In my opinion White could be compared to Antwan Randle El but a better option for throwing the ball.
So there are some of the names I feel Miami could be looking at in the draft and or free agency after the draft. I will touch base on Wide Receivers next.
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