Defensive Back Prospect Primer –
I started this piece a little later than I’d hoped, but that’s due to having to having some extra projects at work. Today as I started writing this Kenny Vaccaro is currently visiting the Dolphins, so that’s something to keep in mind.
In addition to that, Travis has done some in-depth pieces already on Alabama S Minkah Fitzpatrick and Florida State S Derwin James. I’ll unpack all those items in a bit, but since those things are out there, I’ll be focusing on other guys Miami has been linked to in the Draft.
After all, it’s still possible that Miami doesn’t get a shot at Fitzpatrick or James. And that, above all else, would be unfortunate.
So, unpacking all those pieces, I’ll just put these out these bullet points.
Kenny Vaccaro – Let’s start here. Armando Salguero, who was eerily plugged in last year leading up to the Draft and seems to be again this year, tweeted out today that, “Miami likes Kenny Vaccaro’s potential to cover.
Did it well in college and earlier with New Orleans (also been known to blow deep coverages.) He’s a versatile and has played SS in the box too but ability to cover is the major reason for Dolphins interest.”
To me, this means Miami is going to view him primarily as a slot safety, meaning he can cover slot receivers and tight ends man-to-man and, at his size (6’0” 214lbs) can still play with proper run integrity.
As I wrote about in my Tony Oden piece earlier this offseason, I think this is a Tony Oden-driven signing. Adding Vaccaro gives the Dolphins that Dime Package defender they’ve been looking for; in essence, he’s the other slot player opposite Bobby McCain.
Miami lacked that last year, playing the majority of snaps with two linebackers on the field. Signing Vaccaro allows Miami the capability to play with 6 DBs.
If Miami does sign Vaccaro, I think you still have room on the roster for both Reshad Jones and T.J. McDonald. I think you’ll see Reshad Jones’ role go unchanged. He is what he is, and now with Ndamukong Suh gone, he’s the best player on the entire roster.
Don’t mess with him.
I think T.J. McDonald’s role goes relatively unchanged if Miami DOESN’T draft a safety. If they do, I think you’ll see T.J. McDonald playing more as a $LB. If you watch Detroit Lions film from last year, T.J. McDonald is Miles Killebrew.
And, as I mentioned above, Vaccaro is a slot player who can help cover and help play the run.
As far as Detroit goes from last year, you can match up Miami’s players similarly, and we’ll still see what I consider to be a hole in the secondary.
CB1 Darius Slay = Xavien Howard
CB 2 Nevin Lawson = Cordrea Tankersley
$CB D.J. Hayden = Bobby McCain
FS Glover Quin = TBD
SS Tavon Wilson/Quandre Diggs = Reshad Jones
$CB2 Teez Tabor/Charles Washington = Kenny Vaccaro (if signed)
$LB/$S Miles Killebrew = T.J. McDonald
I’d still argue that even if Miami signs Kenny Vaccaro, they still have a hole at FS. Miami adding a true centerfield type cover safety would really allow them to use Xavien Howard and Cordrea Tankersley in press situations more frequently – that’s what they do best.
Which leads me to Minkah Fitzpatrick and Derwin James. I don’t think signing Kenny Vaccaro should preclude them in any way, shape or form from drafting either of those two if they’re on the board at pick 11. Drafting either one would be a MASSIVE help to the defense and if the pass-rush improves from last season – and I think it will – Miami’s defense could take a pretty big step forward.
Minkah Fitzpatrick – Fitzpatrick is my favorite defensive back prospect for Miami. He’s versatile, athletic and a leader. When you watch his games, you see him play perimeter CB, slot CB, deep safety, box safety.
I think he’s the most polished in terms of being a prospect, and I think he steps in day one as a true FS if Miami drafts him.
Derwin James – I think Derwin James’ potential exceeds Fitzpatrick’s, let’s get that out of the way. Florida State used him in even more ways that Alabama used Fitzpatrick, but a lot of those ways were closer to the line of scrimmage.
If Miami draft James while also rostering Jones, McDonald and Vaccaro, they’ll have to feel confident in training James as a true FS, or mixing those players roles to disguise their packages.
Now, I think Derwin James is athletically gifted enough to play FS, even if he doesn’t flip his hips as well as Fitzpatrick.
In short, you can’t go wrong with either Fitzpatrick or James at 11. You just can’t. Miami should, in my opinion, take either one if they’re on the board. If both are there, I give a slight nod to Fitzpatrick, but it’s ever so slight. I just hope Miami gets that opportunity to have the chance at either of them.
Moving on from all of that, let’s take a look at guys Miami’s been linked to. I would stress that Tony Oden has history of taking CBs and converting them to safeties. Detroit did that last year with Teez Tabor and Charles Washington. This is why I think you’re seeing Miami sniff around some higher profile CBs.
Round 1 Targets
Denzel Ward – Ohio State – Ward is a CB by trade and can play both in the slot and outside. At 5’10” 191lbs he’s not quite the prototypical long, lean press corner we’ve seen Miami draft each of the past two years with Howard and Tankersley, but Ward is plenty physical. If Miami drafts him after signing Kenny Vaccaro, I do wonder if their plan may be to use Ward as a safety. With 4.32 speed, he’s plenty fast. In this GIF you see him pass off the post route to the safety and drift towards the wheel route and deliver a big hit to cause an incompletion.
With Vaccaro in the fold, I find the fit for Ward at corner to be a bit precarious with the trio of Howard, Tankersley, McCain and the returning Tony Lippett already on the roster. Making that high of an investment for a CB seems…off.
Joshua Jackson – Iowa – Jackson led the country last season with 8 interceptions to along with 26 passes defended. He does have the prototypical size Miami looks for at 6’1” 192lbs. Jackson probably doesn’t have the necessary quickness Miami would require to play press corner, but he does possess the ball skills that would benefit him as a free safety. He has very good ball skill and can go up and take the ball away. Here he does his best Odell impression.
Here he’s able to track the ball on the post route despite not being in he best position and is able to break it up. Plays like this are why I think a transition to safety, a la Teez Tabor, could be in the cards here.
Round 2-3 Targets
Justin Reid – Stanford – The NFL always seems to let talented safeties slide a bit, and I have Justin Reid in round two for that reason. Miami brought the former Stanford Cardinal to Davie on a “30 visit”, as they did with Denzel Ward and Joshua Jackson. Much like his older brother Eric, Justin is very versatile. He can player near the LOS and can play as a coverage piece. Stanford would give him some matchup assignments on the outside as well, giving him the appearance of playing corner. What I like about Reid is that he’s a sure tackler. Here he snuffs out the jet sweep against USC for a TFL.
Again, like with Ward, I think the fit here is a little less clear if Miami have signed Kenny Vaccaro before the Draft as I don’t think Reid possesses the top-level deep safety cover skills or chews up ground the way someone like an Earl Thomas or Landon Collins does.
Kyzir White – West Virginia – The younger brother of Bears receiver Kevin White, Kyzir also played at West Virginia. He’s got NFL size at 6’2” 216lbs, which is why he played the “Spur” position in West Virginia’s 3-3-5 defense, which is a hybrid OLB/S type of role. It’s actually the same spot that the newly signed LB Terence Garvin played when he was a Mountaineer. White is very good at playing downhill and supports the run very well. West Virginia trusted him to play as a deep safety at times, but I don’t think he’s got the play speed to do that effectively in the NFL. In my view, if the Dolphins don’t sign Kenny Vaccaro, drafting White would be akin to having signed Vaccaro; they’re similar in that vein. Here you see him undercut a hitch route on the outside from his Spur position and haul in the pick.
I know several Miami fans, Travis included, that really like Wake Forest safety Jessie Bates, but I have not seen anything linking him to Miami. Maybe that’s by design. Maybe they don’t like him. But I’ll forgo writing about him until there’s a link.
Round 4+ Targets
Damon Webb – Ohio State – Webb started his career as a Buckeye and transitioned to safety. He’s a guy that’s gotten by based on his football IQ, as he’s a limited athlete. But, I think that quality lends itself to being a potential target for Miami as a FS. He’s not afraid to provide run support and was the MVP of Ohio State’s Cotton Bowl victory over USC. Here you see him read Sam Darnold’s eyes and jump the slant route for a pick-six.
Webb’s a guy that you could probably get in the 5th round or later, so he’s a target that bears watching on the third day of the Draft, especially if Miami don’t take a safety early on.
Arrion Springs – Oregon – The Dolphins had dinner with Springs before the Oregon Pro Day. Springs played on the outside for the Ducks, and has decent size at 6’ 205lbs, but I’m not sure he can stay outside in the pros due to his lack of speed. Springs does a good job with his angles to keep himself in position on plays when he’s beaten off the snap. You can see an example of that here.
Springs is scrappy and gets involved in the run game and short passing game as a tackler. Here you see a clip of him in the slot, where he’d likely play if he’s drafted by the Dolphins, coming in and making a TFL.
Springs would be a challenger to Torry McTyer if he ends up in Miami.
By the way, if you’re wondering why I find time to write articles like this during this time of the year the reason is I’m a Reds fan. They’re 2-9, soon to be 2-10. Tonight, they brought in a relief pitcher down 5-4 in the top of the 7th. The first four batters he faced: solo HR, solo HR, 4 pitch walk, 5 pitch walk. The next reliever in starts off with a 4 pitch walk. Full count walk to bring in a run. Another full count walk to bring in a run. 5 straight walks after back-to-back jacks to begin the inning. Sheer. Misery.
(Reds would give up 7 runs in the inning above).
Trayvon Henderson – Hawaii – Henderson garnered an invite to the Senior Bowl this year and showed pretty well in practices. He’s got the size to play in the NFL, but you have to question his long speed. He tracked down Rashaad Penny during the Senior Bowl game itself, but I think you have to be concerned. You do see some examples of him playing in a Cover 1 look and tracking the ball.
Henderson, to me, seems like he’s got some skills on the same level or slightly above what Jordan Lucas had coming out of Penn State when Miami drafted him in 2016. Henderson would be a guy that’s probably a core special teamer starting out, with some developmental potential. I think his ceiling would be following a career path similar to Isa Abdul-Quddus.
Other Players I Like
Below are some names of players I like that either have no or very little connection to the Dolphins:
Tony Brown – Alabama – Brown is a big hitter on special teams and got some time playing outside at CB and in Alabama’s “Star” position. He picked off a pass in the CFP National Championship Game. Brown fits the height, weight, length parameters that Miami like in their CBs and could challenge Tony Lippett for a depth spot.
M.J. Stewart – North Carolina – Stewart could play slot CB or S in the NFL and is rising up most draft boards. Stewart had 41 PBUs in the past three seasons and is a good tackler and has played in both off-man and press defenses.
State of the AFC East
With the aging empire of the New England Patriots hopefully coming to an end in the coming years the arms race and power struggle will enter overdrive. The Patriots have run this division for over a decade but all things must come to an end, with Tom Brady nearing his goal of playing till 45 and Bill Belichick turning 66 there is blood in the water, and the rest of the East will look to grab the crown and run with it.
New England Patriots
Tom Brady’s play has declined but that hasn’t stopped New England from being a powerhouse, the offensive line will welcome Isiah Wynn back the former 1st rounder, he tore his Achilles in camp 2018. The skill positions are mixed, Sony Michelle provided a solid rookie campaign but there are holes in the wide receiver and tight end positions. Rob Gronkowski is pondering retirement meanwhile Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett, and Cordarrelle Patterson are all set to hit Free Agency. Defensively New England has excelled on maximizing talent with what they have but with that being said they have some notable players departing such as Trey Flowers, Malcom Brown, and possibly the McCourty twins.
Free Agent Acquisition:
Markus Golden (EDGE)
Pick 32, 1st round:
Kelvin Harmon (WR)
New York Jets
The New York Jets are not a star-studded team and will be ongoing a scheme change led by Coach Adam Gase. Offensively it would be easier to name what they do have then to name what they don’t, Sam Darnold is the only true “bright” spot on the offensive side of the ball. Multiple reports state that Isiah Crowell will be released in the coming month so half back will need to be addressed, in addition to wide receiver, tight end, and offensive line. On the opposite side of the ball things seem to be a bit more promising with Leonard Williams, Jamal Adams, Marcus Maye. New York will need to add a true pass rusher along with some other linebackers and defensive backs as well.
Free Agent Acquisition:
Le’Veon Bell (HB)
Pick 3, 1st round:
Josh Allen (EDGE)
Buffalo has a good defense that is paired with the 31st ranked offense, they are in need of talent to surround Josh Allen with. Josh Allen needs an entire cast around him, most importantly an offensive line who can buy him some time, but it doesn’t stop there. After releasing former fullback wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin and Charles Clay the only player who can truly garner some targets is aging halfback Lesean McCoy. Although the defense has played well they are also in need of some attention, with Kyle Williams retiring they will need another defensive tackle in addition to a true edge rusher. This roster is still being rebuilt and could use talent on almost every level offensively but they need to give injury prone Josh Allen some decent offensive line play.
Free Agent Acquisition:
Trenton Brown (OT)
Pick 9, 1st round:
Jawaan Taylor (OT)
Our beloved Miami Dolphins will be going through many changes and a complete rebuild directed by Chris Grier and Brian Flores. Miami has talent at the skill positions with young and inexpensive talent at halfback, tight end, and wide receiver. With the upcoming release/trade of Ryan Tannehill the biggest need will be finding his replacement via free agency or draft. Resources will have to be allocated to the trenches as Miami lacks talent on the interior offensive line and on the edge defensively. Miami’s defense is looking to be a multiple look defense in order to achieve this they will have to add versatility on every level off the defense and add depth to the secondary. This regime will be taking the long painful road of a true rebuild as Miami has been mediocre for far too long.
Free Agent Acquisition:
Mitch Morse (OL)
Pick 13, 1st round:
Rashan Gary (EDGE)
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State of the Roster – Cornerbacks
The 2019 off-season schedule had an unusual beginning for the Miami Dolphins. Not that the once proud, winningest organization in the NFL is suddenly new to coaching turnover (quite the opposite, rather). It’s the timing of the hire that provides the distinction from Stephen Ross’ three other head coaching appointments.
Typically, when the incumbent or new staff is in-place by Early-January, the roster dominoes begin to take shape. Waiting for Brian Flores to win his fifth Lombardi Trophy delayed that process by a month.
Now, with the majority of Coach Flores’ staff settling into their new offices, we can begin to speculate and forecast what will transpire over the next three months.
It’s not hyperbole to say that these next three months are the most important of Chris Grier’s professional career. Miami’s new General Manager is charged with resurrecting a franchise that, in the last 15 years, has fallen from the peak of the winning percentage mountain top, all the way down to fifth place on that obscure, yet illustrious list.
In this series we are going to explore the current assets on the roster and what their futures hold. Plus, we’ll explore the free-agency market and point out scheme fit pieces the Dolphins might seek to add in April’s draft.
Current Cash Owed: ~ $9.3 Million
NFL Average: ~ $16 Million
Players Under Contract – 2019 Cash Owed:
Xavien Howard – $1.3 M
Tying for the league lead in interceptions (7), Howard continued his breakthrough performance that began late in 2017. Among the game’s top corners, Howard excels in man coverage, offers an impressive physical style of press play, and tracks the ball exceptionally well.
The Dolphins will likely look to extend Howard in the near future, despite rumors of his presence on the trade block. Stephone Gilmore’s lockdown Super Bowl performance afforded the Pats defense ultimate creativity – something Brian Flores will want to retain in Miami.
Howard’s Projected 2019 Action: #1 Corner
Bobby McCain – $5.6 M
In his first season with a new payday, McCain struggled. Kicking outside on the perimeter was a challenge that exposed his lack of long-speed. Still a jitterbug inside, McCain offers a knack for the nuance of the position in both man and zone.
Injuries mounted on McCain as he tried to fight through a number of issues all season. He’s a team leader and a top-shelf slot corner – that much will be evident when he’s back in his regular role in 2019.
McCain’s Projected 2019 Action: Slot Corner
Cordrea Tankersley – $673 K
It’s difficult to imagine a worse sophomore season for Tankersley. Benched, ran-ragged, and ultimately a torn ACL, it was a steep decline from an impressive rookie campaign. The mental aspect of the game proved to be a challenge for Tankersley and, to be fair, he wasn’t alone in that portion of Matt Burke’s awful scheme.
Likely starting the year on the physically unable to perform list, Tankersley will get a fresh start in a scheme that accentuates his strengths – playing man coverage.
Tankersley’s Projected 2019 Action: Depth (Begins the season on PUP)
Jalen Davis – $570 K
My pick for biggest sleeper on the roster in 2019, Davis flashed big-time potential in his limited work late in the season. In the Jacksonville game Davis forced a fumble and broke up a third down pass in the end zone. He’s fiery, aggressive, and Miami’s best option behind McCain in the slot.
Davis’ Projected 2019 Action: Backup Slot
Cornell Armstrong – $570 K
Thrust into action late last season, 2018 was a learning experience for Miami’s sixth-round rookie. Armstrong fits the prototype for length and style, but he was worked over in the New England game by Julian Edelman (hardly a bad look).
Armstrong will compete for time on the perimeter this year and continue to serve as a core special teamer.
Armstrong’s Projected 2019 Action: Depth
Torry McTyer – $645 K
McTyer’s numbers look worse than his actual performance. He was whipped consistently, starting with the beat down in Foxboro, but his good coverage was beat by better throws in the Chicago game.
There’s upside with McTyer, but he needs to show it in 2019 if he wants to have a future as a starter in Miami.
McTyer’s Projected 2019 Action: Depth
Jomal Wiltz – Not yet announced (Camp Minimum)
Wiltz was drafted by the Eagles in 2017 and later migrated to the New England practice squad in 2018. Playing under current Dolphins Cornerbacks Coach Josh Boyer, Wiltz has a head start on the new defensive scheme and techniques.
The most interesting aspect of Wiltz’s acquisition, he’s just 5’10’’ 180 pounds – an outlier for Miami’s prototype at the position.
Wiltz’s Projected 2019 Action: Cut/Practice Squad
Pending Free Agents –
2019 Cornerback Free Agent Market:
With McCain locked up and Howard due next, Miami may have to eschew buying its number-two corner. The need is glaring, but the market is lacking. Morris Claiborne, Pierre Desir, and Bradley Roby are the bells of the ball and will be out of Miami’s price range should they hit the market.
There have been two free agent themes presented in this series: 1.) Filling the Foxboro-to-Miami pipeline and, 2.) Reclamation projects.
Jason Verrett qualifies for the second bullet-point – he’s a hell of a player but his medical history is alarming. Eric Rowe is a free agent and falls into both categories. He spent three years with the Patriots but only played in 21 games during that stretch.
Rowe is 6’1’’ with the 205-pound frame to match. Verrett is just 5’10’’ and 188 pounds, but he’s an elite play maker (when healthy).
Miami has been linked to Ronald Darby in recent years. He shakes free from Philadelphia and a poor medical history could significantly reduce his cost.
2019 Cornerback Draft Class:
Cornerback is in play for the 13th pick. DeAndre Baker (Georgia), Byron Murphy (Washington), and Greedy Williams (LSU) head the class at the position.
Baker is feisty and superb in man coverage though he does lack long-speed. Murphy is rail-thin (175 pounds) and his lack of interest in run support will turn the Miami staff off. Williams’ effort has been called into question by some. If that’s true, he will be off Miami’s board altogether as they preach the love of the game.
Penn State’s Amani Oruwariye is an option in the second-round. He first the prototype, he’s ultra-competitive and excels in both press and zone.
Temple’s Rock Ya-Sin plays with the temperament of an alpha dog. His match-ups with Deebo Samuel at the Senior Bowl were the must-see events of the week.
The local product, Michael Jackson from the U, excels in man coverage – he’s a fit.
2019 Cornerback Prediction:
It’s pretty apparent from the free agent and draft classes where the more attractive options lie for the ‘Phins to address this need. Signing a bargain player to compete, and drafting a rookie relatively high should bolster this position into a strength in 2019.
Minkah Fitzpatrick’s official capacity will be as a safety, but he’s going to match-up where the staff sees fit. He’s the best option to cover a detached tight end and he’s probably the best slot cover guy Miami has. We’ll cover him on tomorrow’s podcast and column.
CB #1 – Xavien Howard
CB #2 – Rookie (Baker, Ya-Sin, Jackson)
Slot – Bobby McCain
Slot Backup – Jalen Davis
Depth – Cornell Armstrong
Depth – Torry McTyer / FA (Eric Rowe)
Depth – Cordrea Tankersley (beginning on PUP)
Fits and Starts of the 2019 NFL Draft–Jarrett Stidham
Which 2019 NFL Draft quarterbacks fit for the Miami Dolphins, which ones could start, and which ones aren’t on the table?
Let’s dive into the first installment of Fits and Starts with Auburn’s Jarrett Stidham.
2019 NFL Draft quarterbacks and Fits and Starts intro
I hope you’re enjoying all the Kyler Murray talk; it’s not going anywhere for the next two months. So, with all the hype surrounding the Heisman winner and his decision to play in the NFL over the MLB, it makes sense that Murray shot up the draft boards in rapid fashion.
Murray has been connected with the Miami Dolphins, and it makes sense. The Dolphins need a quarterback to lead the franchise into the future, especially with the start of the Brian Flores era.
But what happens if the Dolphins can’t get Kyler Murrayin the 2019 Draft? Let’s take that a step further. What if the Dolphins don’t get any of the QBs that are pegged to go in the first round? Dwayne Haskins, Drew Lock, Daniel Jones, along with Murray, are all in the conversation to go off the board in the first round.
The 2019 QB class hasn’t exactly been lauded for its talent, but that doesn’t mean its totally devoid of untapped potential on Days 2 and 3. There are some diamonds in the rough and some could be on the Dolphins’ radar come April. The Fits and Starts mini-series will be focusing on these overshadowed mid-round prospects and who could fit into a role with the Miami Dolphins.
Let’s get into the first name on the list: Jarrett Stidham.
Jarrett Stidham and his NFL Future
The first quarterback on the docket is Auburn’s Jarrett Stidham. He’s an enigmatic player. He was in the conversation last draft season (before he returned to Auburn) to go in the second round. He was also talked about as a dark-horse Heisman candidate before the college season started.
His junior season didn’t go exactly as scripted, though. Jarrett Stidham had an up-and-down season, and his draft stock has been all over the place, consequently. He’s polarizing in the Twitter Draft realm with many draftniks either loving or hating him. I predict that he’ll go in the third round, but I could see the need for the position pushing him into the second round.
In a lot of ways, I would compare Jarrett Stidham to Ryan Tannehill. With that being said, he’s a poor man’s Tannehill. He’s not as athletic and I wouldn’t put his arm strength or accuracy on the same level, but there are comparisons that can be drawn.
Jarrett Stidham Mini-Report
He has some starter qualities, and he’s very raw in that regard. He also did not get a lot of help from his receivers during the 2018 season. I saw a lot of dropped passes that should’ve been “gimmes”. Jarrett Stidham has a moderately high ceiling, I would say. He’s extremely rough around the edges, but I can see him becoming successful in the NFL; it’ll come with many growing pains, albeit.
He also has some accuracy issues from a lot of the film I’ve watched of him. He’ll make some unbelievable down-the-field bombs, but also make some passes that are too high, too inside or too outside. Many passes were underthrown and I saw plays where WRs had to turn and play some defense. The accuracy is a roller coaster, and that’s something that is hard to improve at the next level; accuracy is more a God-given ability than it is a teachable skill.
Something else that I wasn’t wild about was how Stidham reacted to chaos and pressure. When the line collapsed, I saw some ugly escapes. Those ugly escapes will be ugly sacks in the NFL. I saw flashes of decent pocket presence, but like many of Stidham’s qualities, they were inconsistent.
That’s one of the best words I would use to describe Jarrett Stidham: inconsistent. Sometimes he’s good, sometimes he’s bad. Sometimes he’ll thread the needle for a 40-yard touchdown, sometimes he’ll undercut a route. But if the inconsistency is his biggest issue, which I believe it is, then I’m intrigued by his prospects at the next level with some next-level coaching.
At the End of the Day
So, if the Dolphins drafted Jarrett Stidham, it’d likely be on Day 2 and in the second round with the 48th pick. While the Dolphins are rebuilding, I could see them using a popular draft philosophy of taking a quarterback every year until one hits. If that’s the case, then Stidham could very well be a target if the Dolphins decide to address a bigger need or BPA with the 13th pick.
This could be a way for the Dolphins to hedge their bets while keeping an eye on the 2020 quarterbacks. Akin to the Redskins taking both RGIII and Kirk Cousins in the same draft in 2012, the Dolphins could take a flier on a mid-round quarterback and see what he could do in some games under the guidance of a veteran.
While I wouldn’t be upset by the pick, the Miami Dolphins would be wise to stay away from Jarrett Stidham, bottom line. I say that not because of Stidham’s shortcomings or upside but because of where the Miami Dolphins franchise finds itself.
If Jarrett Stidham goes out and has a decent showing in some live action during his rookie season, then that could affect the draft strategy regarding the 2020 class of quarterbacks.
I don’t want the Dolphins to keep waiting and waiting for someone to slowly develop as they did with Ryan Tannehill. Stidham is in a similar mold, looking at his tools and raw potential. I’m not sure how long it would take for Stidham develop, but I could see it turning into a situation where he takes a few steps forward every season.
Jarrett Stidham could be a quarterback that Chris Grier likes, but I would have a hard time believing that he’s a prospect that he would love–and that’s not what the Miami Dolphins need to right the ship.
- State of the AFC East February 20, 2019
- State of the Roster – Cornerbacks February 20, 2019
- Fits and Starts of the 2019 NFL Draft–Jarrett Stidham February 19, 2019
- State of the Roster – Linebackers February 19, 2019
- 5 Viable Options for Miami at Pick 13 February 19, 2019
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