Kyler Murray first overall pick would help Miami Dolphins
By Brian Miller
If the rumors of Kyler Murray’s ascension to the top of the draft proves correct, the Miami Dolphins could be the beneficiaries.
The reports are all over the place that the Arizona Cardinals will use the first overall selection on Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray thus shaking up the top of the draft. It could help the Miami Dolphins.
At pick 13 the Miami Dolphins will sit and watch the quarterbacks go off the board and that could be a very good thing if the Dolphins truly do not want Kyler Murray or any other quarterback in the first round. The Cardinals were not expected to be in play for a QB this year but things change. The chances they receive a first round offer for Josh Rosen is extremely thin so with Murray going number one, the top picks will see a potential shake-up.
Murray at one would drop Ohio States’ Nick Bosa to two where the New York Giants may opt to take the stellar defensive end. More likley the Giants will take the replacement for Eli Manning and there are plenty who believe another Ohio State product, Dwayne Haskins will be that pick.
The Giants passed on QB in 2018’s draft and Manning is in his final NFL years. The Giants may try and trade down and draft a quarterback later but with Murray going one, Haskins’ value and draft position should also grow as well.
Unfortunately this would drop Bosa to the Jets at number three. The Jets general manager has said he is open to trading the pick and if Bosa is still on the board, he may very well get the offers he is looking for. It will get interesting after the Jets.
The Raiders, many believe, want to upgrade of Derek Carr but no one is certain who Jon Gruden would target. Murray was a popular mock to the Raiders at number four but with he and Haskins both potentially off the board, they will likely go defense and draft a QB later in the round. They have multiple first round picks on day one.
With the Redskins it is hard to predict. They may go free agency for a QB to wait out Alex Smith’s recovery from the broken leg he suffered a year ago or they could draft a QB. Daniel Jones and Drew Lock are popular choices among the mock crowds. Washington is chomping at the bits this year for a QB and if they do go the FA route, they will likely hold off until 2020 to draft another one. This leaves Jones and Lock on the board. And that too helps the Dolphins.
While the 49’ers are likely to go defensive, the Jaguars at seven could go defense or draft a quarterback that they desperately need. Nick Foles is a big potential signing this off-season and if they do in fact sign Foles, drafting a QB in round one will not happen and that means another top defensive player goes off the board.
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This is the scenario that Miami should not want to see. With Murray and Hasking leaving at the top of the draft, Miami needs some of these other teams like Denver, Jacksonville, Washington, and Oakland to go QB so that a top defensive player falls to 13. Murray at the top could shake it up so that teams start to worry about getting a QB they like.
After Jacksonville only the Broncos at 10 and the Bengals at 11 are potential QB landing spots and both could go defense if they do not draft a signal caller. With four QB’s at the top of the draft boards this year, Murray, Haskins, Lock, and Daniels, Miami will benefit if they are all off the board before they draft. This would or should send a defensive blue-chip prospect into their lap.