Mixed reports have some within the Dolphins' organization sticking with Chad Henne, while others aren't throwing their support behind him. The fact is that when there is no consensus as to whether you should keep or trash a signal-caller, you've got a problem at the QB spot.
Given the likelihood of Miami going after a new QB, we've decided to look back into the past decade and see what teams have succeeded in drafting a QB in the mid-first round and beyond. The results provide some hope but should be taken with a grain of salt (since more teams have failed than succeeded at drafting a quality passer).
The funny thing is, the Fins have a shot at salvaging their own Rodgers or Brees in this year's draft. These two guys were criticized by analysts back in their college days the same way that Ryan Mallett, Cam Newton, Blaine Gabbert and other highly touted draft-eligible QBs are today. That shouldn't stop Miami from taking a serious look at the QB talent available.
There is clearly luck involved when a team hits on a franchise QB but Miami hasn't tested their luck in 28 seasons. At least not in the first round. Henne and John Beck were "safe picks" in later rounds. The point remains that playing it safe rarely translates into winning big.
Other Quality QBs
There are other not-so-flashy QBs out there that haven't won a title yet but have elevated their respective teams and may be title-worthy one day. Here's who we're talking about:
- Joe Flacco (2008) - 18th overall, first round
- Matt Schaub (2004) - 90th overall, third round
- Josh Freeman (2009) - 17th overall, first round
- Kyle Orton (2005) - 106th overall, 4th round
- Ryan Fitzpatrick (2008) - 250th overall, seventh round
As I stated earlier, the success rate for acquiring a very good to great quarterback is not very high in the league. Hence, that's why many teams are constantly looking for their franchise QB every time the draft rolls around.
With that said, there is still hope for Miami to draft their first true heir to Dan Marino this season. He doesn't have to be a future Hall of Famer but a perennial Pro Bowler wouldn't be too bad.
After Thought: Ben Roethlisberger was drafted as the 11th pick in the 2004 draft - Miami could always try and move up if they find it necessary.