It’s no secret that the Miami Dolphins have been scouting quarterbacks leading up to the 2011 NFL Draft. They’ve met with Ryan Mallett a number of times….they’ve been rumored to be highly interested in Cam Newton and Colin Kaepernick. They’ve been connected to almost every draft eligible quarterback in this draft because the Dolphins are looking to upgrade the QB position given Chad Henne’s struggles in 2010.
Well yesterday there was a new name added to the mix: Blaine Gabbert, QB – Missouri. The Dolphins arranged a meeting with Gabbert in mid-March, however we didn’t pay much attention to it because at the time we thought Gabbert would be long gone by the time the #15 pick rolled around. For a few months, it seemed that he would be the #1 overall pick by the Carolina Panthers. According to John Clayton of ESPN, the Panthers have narrowed their choices at #1 to Cam Newton and a few defensive players. So logic would tell us that Gabbert would just go to the next QB needy team out there right? The Bills? The Titans? The 49ers? Well, according to Pat Kirwan of NFL.com, he see’s Gabbert going to our favorite QB needy team – The Miami Dolphins. Take a look at his latest mock draft here. This is certainly the exception to the rule in regards to where Gabbert will likely go, but it appears his stock may not be as high as it once was.
If Gabbert fell to #15, it would be a dream scenario for the Dolphins…or at least that’s our opinion. We remember a few years ago when the dream scenario unfolded and Brady Quinn was on the board when the Dolphins selected and instead the Commissioner read “Ted Ginn Jr., WR Ohio State University”. So crazier things have happened. However, if the #14 pick is made and Blaine Gabbert is still on the board, we don’t think it would take long for the Dolphins to call in their pick.
Gabbert is an athletic QB who will need some time to adjust to reading NFL defenses. He is 6’4″, 235 lbs. and ran a 4.64 40-yard dash. He has an above average arm and is accurate. He can make and extend plays using his feet. If he is on the board, we’d be shocked if the Dolphins didn’t call his name. More likely, he will not last until the #15 pick. However, if he starts to fall, say to the 10-13 range, we wouldn’t be shocked if the Dolphins moved up to get him. The popular belief is that Gabbert and Newton are a step above the other QBs in the draft. So if it took swapping places in the 1st round this year and trading a 2nd/3rd round pick next year, would you do it? The Dolphins just might, as there have been rumblings that the Dolphins have Newton/Gabbert at the top of their list. It’s possible the Dolphins “QB of the future” might not be the one that many Dolphins fans have been thinking it will be (Ryan Mallett).