2009 NFL DRAFT: Quaterbacks

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.

Hope you enjoyed, please add your thoughts.

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  • http://phinsreport.com Butler

    I don’t think they would just release Beck but I do agree they’ll do something with him. Cantwell intrigues me because hes done pretty good at the East West Shrine Game practices but I want to see the game before judging.

    I really don’t like the idea of drafting somebody specifically for the wildcat, only from the 5th round on up.

  • OrlandoNole

    I think they tried to move Beck last year, and they weren’t able to, I am not sure what value he holds if any on the market.

    As far as drafting someone specifically for the wildcat, I don’t believe they would. White is a dynamic player in the open field. It might take him two or three years to develop, but I think he has the ability to be a pretty good receiver in the NFL.

  • http://phinphanatic.com Brian Miller

    Great read Shane….:)

  • http://phinsreport.com Butler

    @ OrlandoNole

    Well I mean McCown got a 7th rounder, Maybe we can get something haha.

    And yeah I don’t really know what to pin White as but we’ll see at prodays and such.

  • Mike_g

    Brian & Nole


    Dolphins just signed a stud of a player from the CFl he’s a freak of nature would love it if you could do an article on this signings. Will be a stud OLB in the 3-4 had in two years had 39 sacks and around 100 tackles. He’s 6’3 245lbs. Amazing athletic ability rumour has it he jumped up and grabbed a $20 bill that was taped to 11ft high ceiling. IF eligble will win ROY od defence next year.

  • Mike_g

    Brian & Nole

    Miami just made a huge signing that most US football fans won’t even notice. I was hoping Brian if you could an article on Cameron Wake.
    Here’s a article from TSN which is owned by ESPN


    He amassed 39 sack and close to 200 tackles in two season (18 game season) and he a DE playing in a 4-3 D. This last season he had 23 sacks which is amazing considering he was constantly doubled and triple teamed.

    Has freakish athletic ability rumour has it he jump and grabbed a $20 bill tape to a 11ft high ceiling. Im biased since i live in Vancouver BC but im predicting at worst being a 3rd down blitzing LB but wouldn’t be surprised if he wins ROY for defence. Will be groomed to be Porter back-up don’t see him challenging Roth for his position but who know what the plan is for him

  • Mike_g

    sorry didn’t see that my last comment got posted. I spent more time writing the 2nd post and made a few mistakes in my first post.

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  • topps06

    I watched Cantwell a lot this year (living in KY and all), and was not impressed with him at all. He did very well filling in for Brohm (but look at the surrounding cast he had, any qb couldve done good with that cast).  But I hope Miami looks elswhere for a qb.