QB Prospects -- Where Did They Go?

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On Saturday morning, I was eating breakfast and thinking about the Dolphins 2011 NFL Draft — Days 1 and 2.  At that point, they had selected an OL and a RB.  Okay, I said to myself, these are positions of need.  I wished we would have taken a QB.  But, there is Day 3 of the Draft.  We have a fourth round pick.  And, Ricky Stanzi (Iowa) and Nathan Enderle (Idaho) are still available.  Maybe, we can get one of those guys in to compete against Chad DUH Henne.

The fourth round started.  The Seahawks had the 2nd pick.  Oh no, they need a QB.  They did not take one.  Next up, the Bills had the 3rd pick.  Oh no, they need a QB.  They did not take one.  Next, the Browns had the 5th pick.  Oh no, they need a QB.  They did not take one.  Next, the Cardinals had the 6th pick.  Oh no, they really need a QB.  They did not take one.  Next, the Redskins had the 9th pick. Oh no, they really, really need a QB.  They did not take one.  Hmmm, we are looking pretty good here.  Next, the Seahawks had the 1oth pick.  Oh no, they need a QB.  They did not take one.  WOW!  We’re going to get Stanzi unless someone trades up.

Then came the Dolphins at 14th pick of the fourth round.  This is a no brainer … I thought.  Stanzi is still on the board.  The next thing I saw on the screen was …. SELECTION IN … Edmond Gates … WR … Abilene Christian.  Oh no, I screamed!  I know we need a WR.  But, there are other speedy WRs left (check the table below).  Why not Stanzi?  Or, Enderle?

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  • Brady McAninch

    I understand your frustration with the Dolphins not drafting a QB, but I contend that this year was a very weak year for QBs in the draft. The fact that you are sad over the Dolphins not drafting Stanzi shows this. I am an Iowa fan and I have watched just about every game of the “Stanzi-Era” and the guy is not, nor will ever be, an above-average NFL QB, and I highly doubt he even becomes average. His arm strength is not there, and his decision making skills can fall apart in big games. I was glad to see the Dolphins avoid drafting him and build up the team around the QB position instead of reaching for a QB. I know that leaves us with a big question mark at that position, but I think it can be more effectively addressed through a trade than it could have been through this years draft.

  • Hawk_Eye

    Have you ever thought that most GM’s think none of these players in the draft aren’t good enough to be an NFL quarterback? And maybe they have other plans to aquire one via free agency or trades.

  • steve

    While I was disappointed at not taking a Qb. I really amnot sure that Stanzi would be one that I would want. I would have liked to see us draft either Locker or Gabbert. But since that didn’t happen. I wouldn’t mind seeing Scott Tolzien in camp as an undrafted guy. I think he brings more to table than Stanzi would have.

  • Ian

    Bulger or VY would be my choices. I’ll bet Thigpen doesn’t want to stick around as a 3rd stringer, so I wonder if they’ll sign an undrafted free agent like Josh Portis who they had a private workout with.

  • Michael

    I was really hoping that the Dolphins would pick either Dalton or Stanzi. I think they both have as much potential than projected first-round picks as with far less risk because they could be picked up later. Dalton came at an awkward time because the Dolphins were forced to use a 1st Round pick or give up alot to trade up into the second. Stanzi, however, was ripe for the picking in the 4th Round. Edmund Gates may turn out to be a decent receiver, but WR is one of the riskiest positions to draft. I really think that we should have picked Stanzi.

    • corners

      “Edmund Gates may turn out to be a decent receiver, but WR is one of the riskiest positions to draft”

      Idf say qb’s are the hardest to judge and always riskier then ANY other position by 2 or 3 times.

    • Brady McAninch

      Have you ever watched Stanzi play? Not an NFL QB. Honestly, I’m not sure he is even a viable backup. Don’t let stats fool you with him, the big ten has been down in recent years. Look at his game against Indiana last year.

  • bob

    I would like to see them bring in bulger and calab haine

  • Colton

    I think that we still have a legitimate chance at getting Carson Palmer. I mean, he is obviously not going to be playing in Cincy anymore. If I were the owner of the Bengals, I would gladly consider trades for him rather than just watch him walk away, leaving me empty handed. Given that many other teams would be interested in this former 1st overall, we should get on the ball and start proposing trades that they siimply can’t refuse.

  • jonly says?

    maybe Bulger or Billy Volek

    Less teams looking next year we can land Barkley, Kellen Moore, Kirk Cousins, Stepehen Garcia, Nick Foles

  • Jack

    The mistake, in my opinion, was passing on Mallet. The bifecta claim they “tried” to get him. I watched a couple of his interviews. What was wrong with him? We got an overdrafted running back instead. Nice try.

  • bond, david bond

    I believe Passing over Mallett is going to haunt us sooner then later. If Brady gets injured before the season playing hop scotch or marbles; guess who’s coming to dinner!

  • dolphan1991

    Dont panici qoute “DONT PANIC” still available are veterans QB donovan mcnabb,carson palmer,marc bulger,or vince young,or can it even be undrafted rookies pat delvin,joshua portis, jerrod johnson, or jeff van cam?…now i dont know if its a rumor but dolphins have already privately spoken to joshua portis thats somewhat good news :)

  • MassanuttenRef

    I would like to see them bring in somebody or somebodies. Pat Devlin is a very interest FA prospect — he looks to me to be the best of the rookie FA group and had the highest draft rating — actually higher than T.J. Yates and Greg McElroy.

  • Kenny

    After 15 years of Directv NFL Sunday Ticket, I am canceling thanks to this draft. There is no hope in this franchise. I’ll return when the ship is righted. Fair winds…

  • http://procerus.ca/ Steve Hoffart

    I gave up hope that we would draft a QB when 4 went in the top 12! In a draft where many thought a true franchise QB was not available 4 went in the top 12! Craziness. I think that Dalton would have been great for us, but a reach at 15. After that it’s a wasted pick to pray for a franchise QB in the 3rd-7th round and that’s what this team needs a FRANCHISE QB.

    Fact is that we’re too bad to make the playoffs and too good to draft in a position to grab a no doubter at QB. There are good QBs available, they’ve been mentioned, and any of them would be a considerably better now solution than some 5th round rookie.