It’s been highlighted already that Miami Dolphins’ GM Jeff Ireland had himself a really nice 2012 NFL Draft. Personally, I couldn’t agree more. Understanding where our deficiencies were, Jeff Ireland attacked the draft with total relentlessness. Kudos, Jeff!
Of course, we aren’t done yet — or at least, we shouldn’t be. Because while Ryan Tannehill was drafted, I — along with some fellow DolFans on Twitter — aren’t convinced that Tannehill’s going to grab the starting QB job by the horns; sure, he’ll have Matt Moore and David Garrard — two QB journeymen — give him some competition, but none of those guys are starter-worthy, or at least haven’t proven to be at this point in their career (this is based off the premise that QBs who sit for at least a year tend to develop better).
But we’re not devoid of options: Kellen Moore, the winningest QB in NCAA history, went undrafted, as did All-World QB from Houston, Case Keenum.
Now, we have no idea if these guys are franchise QBs; Moore isn’t exactly conventional and Keenum didn’t play against anyone awesome throughout his four years at Houston, which plays in the Conference-USA. You can say the same about the competition bit for Kellen Moore, who will leave Boise State a season before they actually get into a major conference in the Big East.
But can signing these guys hurt?
Not when you don’t have to pay them a ton of money — they’re undrafted players, for Pete’s sake — and they don’t have character issues.
If that doesn’t convince you, well, let me throw some numbers at you:
142 Touchdown passes, 28 interceptions. Finished with 69 percent completion percentage every season at Boise St.
1993-2011. (OK, you got me: 2007-2011)
154 touchdown passes, 46 interceptions. Threw for 5000 yards or more every season at Houston under Kevin Sumlin.
Alright, so maybe those numbers are inflated because they played at mid-major conferences and had to play teams like UNLV and Texas State. Who cares? It’s Division-I college football, and both of these guys have had stellar careers. For the price you’re going to pay, it’s worth making sure Ryan Tannehill doesn’t get complacent.
Either way, it’ll be interesting to see what the Dolphins have in store. Hopefully, we can nab some more talent at our deficient positions.