Thirteen, by our count. Thirteen teams who could or should be digging for gold under center in the 2011 NFL Draft. That’s more than any draft we can remember.
Usually by now a few teams will have locked down a veteran via trade or free agency. Guys like McNabb, Young, Kolb, and Orton are all in limbo until a CBA is worked out. If ever teams might have itchy trigger fingers when it comes to quarterbacks, it’s this year. There’s no guarantee that they’ll land a prized free agent gunslinger if they miss out. This could also tempt folks to trade up and secure their future signal callers.
So here are the Dolphins on the clock at pick 15, staring at a long wait before they’re on the clock again in the third. There may be serious temptation to trade down and add a second rounder, but if the SoFlo Sea Mammals plan on moving on from the Henne era that could be a huge gamble.
Gabbert, Newton, Mallett, Locker, Ponder, Dalton, Kaepernick. These guys can all be found in at least a few first round mocks now. The rest of round one aside, several QB-needy squads can be found at the top of round 2. We could see a lot of jockeying to move up and secure one of the remaining signal callers.
So how far down can the Dolphins really drop if they expect to bring in a top arm? Do they instead focus on the O-line, running game and receiving corps, hoping Henne can turn it around? Or do they bank on being able to trade for or sign a veteran QB, post-draft?
There is a lot at stake for the Bifecta. They could drop down and still look brilliant, or they could get a little too cutesy and secure a pair of pink slips come next winter.
Shuffle up and deal.
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