View Full Version : Sun Sentinel: Miami Dolphins have plans to upgrade quarterback position

01-24-2012, 09:40 AM
The Dolphins are expected to be one of Manning's many suitors.

Moving on from Manning opens the door for Indianapolis to select Andrew Luck (http://www.finheaven.com/topic/sports/football/andrew-luck-PESPT000009016.topic) with the No. 1 pick. Baylor's Robert Griffin III (http://www.finheaven.com/topic/sports/football/robert-griffin-iii-PESPT0014793.topic) will be the second quarterback chosen in the draft, and it is possible teams will trade up to the No. 2 spot to secure the Heisman Trophy (http://www.finheaven.com/topic/sports/football/college-football/heisman-trophy-EVSPR000087.topic) winner's services. The Browns (http://www.finheaven.com/topic/sports/football/cleveland-browns-ORSPT000038.topic), who have two first-round picks in the 2012 Draft, will likely set the market, and should also be in the hunt unless they sign Matt Flynn (http://www.finheaven.com/topic/sports/football/matt-flynn-PESPT0013572.topic).

Flynn, Aaron Rodgers (http://www.finheaven.com/topic/sports/football/aaron-rodgers-PESPT00008904.topic)' backup in Green Bay, is expected to the top free-agent quarterback. Philbin has groomed Flynn since 2008 and holds a high opinion of him. But is that opinion franchise-quarterback high, and will the Dolphins give Flynn a significant contract that pays him a salary which averages more than $7 million a season?
"You never really know until you go through a full 16-week season," Packers (http://www.finheaven.com/topic/sports/football/green-bay-packers-ORSPT000042.topic) coach Mike McCarthy (http://www.finheaven.com/topic/sports/football/mike-mccarthy-PESPT00008924.topic) said of Flynn, who has passed for nine touchdowns and 731 yards with two interceptions in his two NFL starts. "But there is a lot of evidence that Matt Flynn can do that."

There are also a couple of second-tier passers Texas A&M's Ryan Tannehill, Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden, Arizona's Nick Foles, Arizona State's Brock Osweiler and San Diego State's Ryan Lindley who could be taken in the first two rounds because of the supply-and-demand concept.

NFL Network (http://www.finheaven.com/topic/economy-business-finance/media-industry/television-industry/nfl-network-%28tv-network%29-ORCRP000017509.topic) analyst Mike Mayock said "nobody knows how many first-round quarterbacks" are in the 2012 Draft at this point.

"I'm a big believer in trust the process, and from my standpoint, the process just started. You don't know how good these guys are till you dive into the tape," said Mayock, who admitted he's intrigued by Weeden, Foles and Lindley, three of the quarterbacks on the Senior Bowl's South squad.

"They are big, strong kids who can throw the ball," Mayock said. "Then Brock Osweiler came out. He's 6-foot-8 with a big arm, and then in the middle or later rounds you need to figure out [Wisconsin's] Russell Wilson and Boise's Kellen Moore because they are playmakers."