Should Dolphins Trade Up for a QB?

29 Dec

Again, it’s too early to know exactly where the “Big Four” QB prospects will land once they’ve been put under the microscope. However, there look to be about 8 teams ahead of us in the draft who could very well use a signal caller. The distinct possibility exists that the quarterbacks worth taking that high will be gone daddy gone by the time we hit the clock.

So, assuming we are in the market for a top QB, could we trade up? Or more importantly, should we? The Bottlenose thought it would be interesting to look at the QBs we theoretically could have moved up to draft in recent history.

This is every quarterback taken before the SoFlo Sea Mammals picked, in every draft since 1994. We chose that year as the point at which we first may have seriously considered grooming someone as Marino’s replacement.

Heath Schuler
Kerry Collins
Steve McNair
Ryan Leaf
Peyton Manning
Cade McNown
Daunte Culpepper
Donovan McNabb
Tim Couch
Akili Smith
Chad Pennington
Michael Vick
Joey Harrington
Patrick Ramsey
Josh McCown
Carson Palmer
Byron Leftwich
Kyle Boller
Rex Grossman
Eli Manning
Ben Roethlisberger
Alex Smith
Matt Leinart
Jay Cutler
Vince Young
Jamarcus Russell
Matthew Stafford
Mark Sanchez
Sam Bradford
Tim Tebow

That’s 30 names. I’d say about 8 difference makers. Too early to judge the youngest guys. A handful of middle of the road guys. At least 12 busts.

Drafting is clearly not an exact science. But trading up in round one is even more risky, as you’re giving up so much to climb in that sacred territory. You’ve got to believe in the guy you’re getting that much more. People believed in Heath Shuler with all of their hearts. And Al Davis seemed willing to go to the grave with Jamarcus Russell.

If the Dolphins want to pay the price to climb up this April and take a gunslinger, they’ll most likely be putting a lot of chips on the table. And guessing wrong could set us back in a big way.


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9 Responses to “Should Dolphins Trade Up for a QB?”

  1. dolfandave December 29, 2010 at 9:55 am #


    Hope I am not being unclear about this.


    • danewen December 29, 2010 at 10:11 am #

      Could you repeat that, please?

      • dolfandave December 29, 2010 at 10:33 am #


        Cam Newton COME ON DOWNNNNNNNNNN!!!!!

        You are the next contestant on The QB is Right (or he’s leaving).

  2. markeyh December 29, 2010 at 10:27 am #

    No, I think there are many more problems than QB that this team needs to address…like O-Line, RB, and guys with speed…….

    Bring in a very good YOUNG QB (free agency or trade) to provide competition for Henne and draft one mid round that can be developed.

    DO NOT bring back the OC, Chad P or the QB Coach….bring in someone to help undo the damage that’s been done to Henne’s psyche

    • dolfandave December 29, 2010 at 10:32 am #

      Henne’s psyche is like any other player in the trainer’s room with an injury. That part of Parcell’s approach I am sold on. Bring in competition for his job and his psyche will heal up REAL fast, it will or it is time for him to hit the road. It is a harsh reality in the NFL but these guys are entertainers. We get the best out of them or it’s hi-ho and out.

    • corners December 29, 2010 at 12:54 pm #

      Chad P had nothing to do with Hennes failures.

  3. Bill December 29, 2010 at 11:07 am #

    I like to see the Dolphins go after either Webb/Jackson in Minnasota. Did you see Webb against the Eagles. Wow That’s the kind of QB we need.

  4. fkr December 29, 2010 at 12:50 pm #

    trade down. then draft in this order w/suggestions: 1st ol Anthony Castonzo, 2nd wr Jerrel Jernigan has 4.3 speed and return ability, 3rd ol Lee Ziemba, 4th te D.J Williams, then best available. ohh and a new offensive coordinator. henne needs three years and a good o line before i judge.

  5. markeyh December 29, 2010 at 3:07 pm #

    “Chad P had nothing to do with Hennes failures.”

    Well what did he do for Henne? It’s been said that Chad P is helping Henne….and so far Henne sucks!

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