With the NFL Draft less than three weeks away, it won’t be long before the Miami Dolphins are “on the clock”. After a 10-6 season that saw the team reach the playoffs for the first time since 2008, the Dolphins are looking to add pieces to help them get back there.
As the 2017 NFL Draft in Philadelphia nears, we start a series that takes a look at each position for the Dolphins and how that might affect what Miami does in the draft. The draft will be held from April 27-29.
Our series starts with the most important position: quarterback.
Dolphins’ Picks by Round
Round 1: No. 22
Round 2: No. 54
Round 3: No. 97 (Compensatory)
Round 5: No. 166, No. 178 (Compensatory) and No. 184 (Compensatory)
Round 7: No. 223 (from Los Angeles)
Projected Starter(s): Ryan Tannehill
The former eighth overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, Ryan Tannehill has missed just three starts — all last season — in five NFL seasons. Tannehill hasn’t been the most celebrated guy in South Florida, but is coming off what most would consider a career-year. Tannehill set new career-highs for completion percentage, yards per attempt and quarterback rating last season. Tannehill also has a large contract, making him hard for the Dolphins to get rid of even if they wanted to. After last season, they probably don’t want to.
Notable Depth: Matt Moore
With Tannehill being forced to miss the final three games and the playoffs last season, Matt Moore showed that he still had it. Moore was 2-1 as a starter with eight touchdowns compared to three interceptions and was a big reason why the Dolphins were able to close the season strong and make the postseason.
Last Three Picks at Position
Brandon Doughty: Round 7, No. 223 overall in 2016
Ryan Tannehill: Round 1, No. 8 overall in 2012
Pat White: Round 2, No. 44 overall in 2009
Draft Probability: Low
Whether fans like it or not, Ryan Tannehill will be the guy in 2017. After a stellar season in 2016, the Dolphins will be looking for players who can help the team get better immediately and provide depth. In addition to Tannehill and Matt Moore, the Dolphins have Brandon Doughty on the practice squad and recently acquired David Fales from Chicago. It’s possible that Miami could grab a quarterback late if the feeling is that it’s a low-risk, high-reward pick.
Mike Ferguson is a sports writer and reporter for several publications and the Pro Football Spot lead writer for the Miami Dolphins. Follow Mike on Twitter @MikeWFerguson