Should Dolphins draft a quarterback late?

April, 14, 2014
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The Miami Dolphins are going all in with starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill. He is 15-17 in his first two seasons and is entering a crucial third season. Eight-year veteran Matt Moore also is cemented as Miami’s No. 2 quarterback.

But who should be the No. 3 quarterback in Miami? This presents an interesting dilemma for Dolphins first-year general manager Dennis Hickey.

The top three quarterbacks on Miami’s roster have some tie to former general manager Jeff Ireland. He drafted Tannehill No. 8 overall two years ago, signed Moore in free agency and signed third quarterback Pat Devlin as an undrafted developmental project four years ago.

Hickey may want to put some stamp on the quarterback position this year no matter how big or small. All he’s done so far is sign free-agent quarterback Jordan Rodgers, who is the younger brother of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Devlin and Rodgers are expected to compete for Miami’s No. 3 quarterback job.

The best way for Hickey to make an impact at quarterback this year is via the NFL draft. It would be unwise to take a quarterback early. But the Dolphins could have their eye on some mid- or late-round options. Quarterback candidates who could provide some value in the draft include Georgia’s Aaron Murray, Logan Thomas of Virginia Tech, Clemson’s Tajh Boyd and Tom Savage of Pittsburgh.

There are some general managers who believe you should take a quarterback in every draft, regardless of need. All of these aforementioned rookies would give Devlin a strong run for Miami’s No. 3 quarterback position. It would be a good idea for Hickey and Miami’s front office to consider a developmental quarterback in the later rounds.

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ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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