5 positions of need for Miami Dolphins in 2016

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Dec 8, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore (8) throws on the field before playing the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. The Dolphins won 34-28. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports


Ryan Tannehill is the teams franchise quarterback if only by salary. His cap numbers are high but in 2017 his contract becomes far more team friendly. Tannehill has shown a lot of potential but it’s the consistency that is the major issue. It doesn’t help that he isn’t a gunslinging quarterback in a league that is hellbent on passing. Drafting a quarterback in 2016 is not an indication the team wants to replace him. At least not if that quarterback is taken outside of the first two rounds.

Miami needs to find a back-up they can develop while at the same time having a quarterback that will actually challenge and compete with Tannehill. Matt Moore is not the answer and while Tannehill is learning a lot from his back-up he isn’t learning enough.

The Dolphins have needs at other positions but this is one position that they must address. Free agents don’t cut it and the team needs to develop a contingency plan should Tannehill not continue to grow or gets hurt. It’s a simple case of having all of their offensive eggs in one basket. Drafting a quarterback in rounds 4-6 will give the team time and possibly a long term solution should Tannehill not live up to the potential that he has.

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