With the thirteenth pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins select…
13. Miami Dolphins: Dwayne Haskins QB | Ohio State
Rumors around the league are that the Miami Dolphins are punting on the 2019 season and the quarterback position to “Tank for Tua.” Tua, of course, being Alabama’s current starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. I’m not buying it. The Dolphins have cleaned house this offseason, firing former head coach Adam Gase, (who landed with the division rival New York Jets), shipping former starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill to the Tennessee Titans, and then essentially sitting out free agency while allowing veterans like Cameron Wake, Ja’Wuan James, Danny Amendola, and Frank Gore to move on. Former Patriots defensive coordinator, Brian Flores replaces Gase as the franchise’s 13th head coach while journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick steps in as a place holder at quarterback. This roster has a ton of holes on both sides of the ball, (31st in offense and 29th in defense a year ago), so if Miami truly is in tanking mode they could opt to select best player available here. With a new head coach, bridge quarterback and a clear rebuild on the horizon though, the Dolphins need to start by finding a face for their franchise and select one of the top quarterbacks available in this year’s draft.
Ohio State quarterback, Dwyane Haskins, is starting to see his stock slip a bit. It could just be a hoax, but with all the potential upside in both Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray and Missouri’s Drew Lock and questions around Haskins small sample size of work, it could also be legit. Most mock draft experts have Haskins ranked as the top quarterback prospect in this years draft and could see him go as early as four to the Raiders. However, depending on how this draft shapes out and how teams actually grade him, he could also go as late as fifteen to the Redskins. Chances are a team trades up into the top 10 maybe even the top 5 to come away with Haskins. His one year of starting experience at Ohio State makes you nervous, but current Bears starting quarterback Mitch Trubisky was in the same situation coming out of North Carolina and was selected with the #2 overall pick a couple years ago. At the end of the day I think it’s all a smoke screen and the Dolphins will do whatever they have to do to come away with their future franchise quarterback in the 2019 NFL Draft.