We interrupt this Miami Dolphins 3 game winning streak to look ahead to April 2012. Yes, we know that there is a big portion of the fan base that is still rooting for the Dolphins to make the playoffs. Yes, we know that there is another big portion of Dolphins fans rooting for the Dolphins to lose every game to improve their draft position. And yes, we know that (like us), a lot of Dolfans are confused about what they should think….Well, PhinNation.com has something for everyone!
A few weeks ago the Dolphins were in prime position to draft Andrew Luck, or at least another highly regarded. We brought you Suck for Luck previews each week. We’re putting that on hold for now, because 1. The Dolphins are winning and 2. The Dolphins have zero chance of landing the top pick. If the Dolphins go on a losing streak, we’ll bring it back, perhaps the Blow Games for Barkely Preview?
What we can tell you is that the Dolphins have moved themselves up the standings in recent weeks. At the same time, they’ve moved themselves backwards in Draft Positioning. If the season ended today, the Dolphins would pick 7th in the Draft:
1. Indianapolis Colts (0-10)
2. Carolina Panthers (2-8)
3. St. Louis Rams (2-8)
4. Minnesota Vikings (2-8)
5. Arizona Cardinals (3-7)
6. Washington Redskins (3-7)
7. Miami Dolphins (3-7)
Although the fan base may be divided right now, we can all agree that the Dolphins are in desperate need of a young, quality quarterback. Please, please, please do not tell me that after 3 games that Matt Moore is that quarterback. I’m begging you. Yes, Moore has played well, but he’s a streaky QB. At the very best, he could be 1-year stop-gap while the Dolphins groom a rookie QB….and that’s the best we can hope for out of Moore.
The key thing to look for when assessing the Draft Order, is what other teams will be looking for. St. Louis, Minnesota, and Carolina will almost certainly NOT draft a QB. That leaves Indianapolis, Arizona, and Washington ahead of the Dolphins. Arizona just invested a 2nd round pick, a starting QB, and a boat load of money in Kevin Kolb. Will they use a top 5 pick on a QB or will they look to get Kolb some help? The Redskins will almost certainly take a QB and the Colts pretty much have to take Luck with the 1st pick (if he declares). That likely leaves Matt Barkley, Landry Jones, and Robert Griffen III for the Dolphins and Redskins in the top 10. The key will be exactly where the Dolphins and Redskins finish and which of these junior QBs decide to leave school early.