The Usual Suspect

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First off, a very happy draft day, Phanatics! Man, it feels great to have actual football “action” for the next three days! We have all read the articles, comments and opinions of dozens of prognosticators over the last few months, and there have been a good number of names tossed around as to whom the Dolphins will be selecting at 15th (for now) overall.

However, over the last few days many have said that Arkansas QB, Ryan Mallett, is the guy the Dolphins can’t pass on. Now the rub with Mallett is that he has a major risk factor in him, as there were drug-use rumors, character flaws, and a now famous display of interview volatility that has put the fear of Leaf in me. Yet, the intriguing thing about Mallett is that he can throw the ball a claimed 80 yards, a boasting that is very believable if you have ever seen him throw the pigskin.


If you watched the NFL combine, you would remember that there where WR “go-route” drills in which a number of QBs took their turns in attempting to deliver perfect bomb-passes to their paired WR prospects. When Mallett took the ball, it was extremely noticeable that the WRs who had the distinction of receiving his passes, ran about 10 times harder out of the gate, just to get there! Let’s just say Mallett is not an under-throw type of guy.


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  • Dolphan_B

    Mallett is the best pure passer and the only plug and play QB in the draft. It is not even close. If Miami can protect him, they have Drew Bledsoe.

    I do not see any of the other QBs being an upgrade over Henne. Henne’s main problem is that he thinks too much and stares down his receivers. When he relaxes, Henne can light up the field.

    I would like to see Miami take the SD route (Brees/Rivers) and get two starting caliber QBs and allow them to compete and develop.

  • Jason Sarney

    Well said B: I agree and think that an early and a late QB would work out with a Lineman and RB in between.

    Also- we could land a DeAngelo Williams soon too. And perhaps a veteran WR to put opposite Marshall, allowing Bess to handle the slot.

  • thomas loy

    I doubt you’ll see Miami draft mallett with the 15th pick. Miami can still trade into the latter part of the first round and still draft mallett, and pick up a second round pick in the bargain.

  • Jason Sarney

    Thomas: Ideally, as I mentioned, they trade back and still land him, but that could be a risky play. If they really covet him they have to go grab him at 15th. If they role the dice and land him in the 20th+ area, then they pulled an amazing deal.

    We shall see soon enough…