The Dolphins were widely expected to take a quarterback at some point in the NFL draft. So why didn’t they?
General Manager Jeff Ireland says it’s simple: They followed their draft board, and a quarterback was never the top player on their draft board at the time their picks came up.
“The board didn’t fall right for us to pick up a quarterback,” Ireland said. “I didn’t feel like we were desperate for one and so we didn’t adjust our board to try to go after one.”
One thing that’s clear is that the Dolphins weren’t as high on Ryan Mallett as some people thought. There was talk that Mallett could be the Dolphins’ first-round pick, 15th overall, but not only did the Dolphins pass on Mallett then, they passed on Mallett after they had traded into a late second-round pick, No. 62 overall.
Ireland said that Mallett “wasn’t the right fit for us at this time.”
Now the Dolphins will think about adding a quarterback via free agency, whenever free agency starts.
“I think we’ll have to look in free agency if we’re going to do that,” Ireland said. “Certainly we’ll look at all the quarterbacks in depth.”
But while they’ll look at quarterbacks in free agency, the Dolphins have made it clear that they’re not desperate to replace Chad Henne.