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Senior Bowl Day 3 Report

Travis Wingfield

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Scouting Notes and Dolphins News from Thursday in Mobile and Davie

Dolphins New Staff Developing

The second-to-last week in January belongs to Mobile, Alabama on the NFL landscape. Inclement weather at the Senior Bowl, paired with a rendezvous between Chris Grier and Brian Flores, shifts the focus to Davie, Florida.

Reports state that Brian Flores will be named Miami’s 10th head coach, officially, on Monday. The same can be said for Patrick Graham and Jim Caldwell, the defensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach respectfully.

Rumors spread rampant throughout the Twitterverse that Flores’ top priority for the offensive coordinator position is current Patriots Wide Receivers Coach, Chad O’Shea. It began with Omar Kelly, was endorsed by Ian Rappaport, then Mike Garafolo reported it as, “expected to happen.”

All of these hires, or potential hires, paint a pretty concrete image of how the new-look Dolphins will proceed in the coming months.

In the coming weeks, on Locked On Dolphins, we’ll have in-depth breakdowns of the Dolphins offensive and defensive schemes scheme. Stylistically, the product will be the antithesis of what we’ve seen the last three years.

Senior Bowl Thursday

My schedule prevented from heading to Mobile for the week, but the benefit of covering the practices from the homestead is the access to the information provided by the broadcast. Here are those tidbits gathered in a “general notes” format:

1.) Mike Mayock was in the booth decked out in his Raiders garb talking shop with his former colleagues. Touching on his experience as a broadcaster, he gleaned an interesting point regarding dysfunctional organizations in the league.

Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

“The common denominator of the dysfunctional buildings was the lack of a relationship between coaches and scouts,” Mayock said. This, in a back door kind-of-way, corroborates a tweet from Omar Kelly regarding the toxic relationship between scouts and coaches in Miami under Adam Gase.

2.) Quarterback arm-strength is a highly-debated topic, but Daniel Jeremiah squashed a misleading evaluation tool. Regarding the radar gun (which tracked Trace McSorely and Daniel Jones as the fastest thrown ball on the day), Jeremiah said he only saw the MPH number used one time in a draft room. It’s not an accurate tool to decipher how well a quarterback can throw a football as each throw is independent from the one previous.

3.) Several players were “mic’d up” for practice, including Temple Cornerback Rock Ya-Sin. Ya-Sin’s play was only outdone by his trash talk – he’s a fun player. Gardner Minshew’s galvanizing and inquisitive personality, along with his leadership, were also on display in-between plays chatting with coaches.

Now we’ll go position-by-position for some evaluations:

Quarterback

After being mocked to Miami by Jeremiah, Daniel Jones (Duke) has done his part to destroy an already lofty projection. His accuracy issues and inability to operate in trash showed up Thursday. In the red-zone portion, he kept throwing the ball off the field altogether. I still don’t get what scouts see in him.

Will Grier (West Virginia) also had issues keeping the ball in-bounds in the red-zone work.

Drew Lock (Missouri) showed his ability to adjust his arm angles, but he had a few missed rips of his own. His best highlight was a pre-show flashback to him dunking a basketball through his legs in high school.

Folks seem to think Jarrett Stidham’s (Auburn) best football is ahead of him. He’s something of a long-term prospect because, frankly, he just hasn’t shown it t this point. There was no tangible growth from the time he got to Auburn by the time he left.

Running Back

Dexter Williams (Notre Dame) looks like a smooth one-cut zone runner. He found seams and hit some big plays during the team portion.

Wide Receiver

Penny Hart (Georgia State) put a man through the spin cycle in first rep in red zone. Then he followed it up with a big no-no that led to an interception. He tried to cross-face on wheel route against Iman Marshall. Finally, he came back with a touchdown on a slant that happened in the blink of an eye. His explosiveness is eye-popping.

Terry McLaurin (Ohio State) killed dude’s all week with speed, deception and getting in-and-out of breaks.

Travis Fulgham (Old Dominion) had a nice practice. Showed well in the red zone and then caught some passes in team drills. He had the look of a potential boundary X receiver. He has some length, but he’s awfully lean (6-3, 210).

Deebo Samuel (South Carolina) was the best receiver in Mobile all week. The strength his hands and the nuance in his routes, understanding leverage, should lead to a nice career.

Tight End

Drew Sample (Washington) has the look of a 12-personnel type tight end. Showed an anchor on the outside, he’s experienced in run and pass pro, and flattens his routes from the top of the stem.

Offensive Line

The biggest win of the day came from the beginning of the entire show. Daniel Jeremiah says Garrett Bradbury (NC State) has the athleticism of Jason Kelce, lateral movement of Ryan Kalil and has been blowing teams away in the meetings with his football IQ – brings a huge element of leadership to the Center position.

Jan 24, 2019; Mobile, AL, USA; North defensive tackle Greg Gaines of Washington (98) tries to swim out of a block by North center Garrett Bradbury of North Carolina State (65) during the North squad 2019 Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

I tweeted this and it was picked up by a lot of draft niks confirming Bradbury’s solid day. I talked about his strength being an issue and he’s more of an athlete/zone guy. Well he had a rep where he bullied Gaines – the UW bowling ball whose entire game is power

Elgton Jenkins (Mississippi State) again showcasing his pure power inside by burying a man. The weakness is in changing direction and redirecting the counter move.

Bradbury is your quintessential zone center while Jenkins is a power people mover.

Chris Lindstrom (Boston College) absorbed power backwards, reset, and locked out the Khalen Saunders (Western Illinois). He was beat on a stunt by Saunders later in practice. Then he bounced back with a strong rep in the first team drill play. Stayed in the same spot for the entire rep absorbing a power rush from Zach Allen.

Dalton Risner (Kansas State) had a terrific week. He offers a good punch, good set and good anchor. Risner’s impressive work came mostly at right tackle. He can reset while engaged because of hand placement and re-establish the base. He had a great rep on outside zone washing down line for a big play. He then gets a showcase rep at the end of practice, wins it, and gets FIRED up.

Michael Dieter (Wisconsin) might pop up too high at times but his strength and application of mistakes have been nice throughout the week. He controls his pass pro reps with hand placement and strength. He got whipped on the first stunt they threw his way which is enough to give any Dolphins fan PTSD.

Chuma Edoga (USC) had a fantastic final day Thursday.

Andre Dillard (Washington State (Go Cougs)) has the typewriter feet (quick, as described by Daniel Jeremiah). His balance, hand placement, redirect ability, it’s all there and refined for him in pass pro.

Interior Defensive Line

Daylon Mack (Texas A&) was taking people for rides again. The only difference Thursday was that he wasn’t wearing a jersey – just pads and the undershirt.

Greg Gaines (Washington) is pure power. Any time he tried anything else he got beat – badly.

Edge

Ben Banogu (Texas Chrsitian) is a rocked up 250 pound DE/OLB convert. He showed the ability to stand up in a two-point stance and wrecked Drew SampleJeremiah calls Banogu “a slippery rusher,” which was fitting because he was beating people all day. As a stand-up backer, Banogu has a knack for setting up his rush moves and beating guys with a wide arsenal. Up and under, spin, working down on a stunt – he looked excellent.

Chris Omenihu (Texas) can really detach with those long arms and he did it plenty on Thursday.

Zach Allen (Boston College) might not be the pass rusher you like but he can certainly be a run defending edge. He won an interior push against Lindstrom in a showcase rep, pushing the BC Guard into the quarterback.

Terrill Hanks (New Mexico State) is impressive aesthetically and on the football field. He’s never missed a workout and it shows. He plays with urgency and speed.

Inside Linebacker

Nothing of value made it onto this section. This linebacker and tight end group in Mobile is pretty underwhelming.

Cornerback

Rock Ya-Sin (Temple) talking a lot, and winning a lot. Inside hand jam, physical through stem, interrupts path of the ball, he continues to show out. The offense tried a slant-flat in the end zone and he wiped it out entirely. It’s a natural rub and he played right through it forcing the QB to take a sack. Ya-Sin and Deebo Samuel were finding each other and splitting victories all week in one-on-one. Best match-up of the week.

Lonnie Johnson (Kentucky) was been all over the field.

Safety

Will Harris (Boston College) made an excellent play when he drove on a double move to undercut the route for an interception.

Nassir Adderley, a top rated safety, tried to line up press and got smoked in coverage. Perhaps he might be more of a center fielder. He likely goes way too high for the Dolphins, but he’d be a nice piece.

 

And just like that, we’re done with Senior Bowl week. Of course the game is on Saturday and I’ll share my notes on the podcast Sunday night, but the next step is the combine. As always, Locked On Dolphins will have you covered from the Dolphins perspective better than anyone else out there.

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3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Daddio

    January 24, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    Thanks Travis – even though Miami may not have any of these guys on the radar, it’s interesting to see what’s available. Lack of good LBs is intriguing, possibly a result of the plague of wide open RPO offenses that have become prevalent.

  2. g3

    January 25, 2019 at 3:51 am

    Always a plaesure to read, Sir, you keep providing very good content, thanks!

  3. PapaPickett

    January 28, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    I thought Edoga and McCoy were very strong in game. Especially Edoga. He needs some technique work but his length and quickness were exceptional. Didnt see him have to anchor any bull rushes though.

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State of the AFC East

Oliver Candido

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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.

Dec 23, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and head coach Bill Belichick head out onto the field to shake hands with the Buffalo Bills after their 24-12 win at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots

Roster:

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

Roster:

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 Bills

Roster:

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)

 

Miami Dolphins

Roster:

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

Travis Wingfield

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Prelude

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.

Cornerbacks 

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

Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

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 – 

None

2019 Cornerback Free Agent Market:

Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

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)

Tomorrow: Safeties

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Fits and Starts of the 2019 NFL Draft–Jarrett Stidham

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A shot of Jarrett Stidham during the Senior Bowl in January. Image courtesy of USA Today

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 HaskinsDrew LockDaniel 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.

 

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