Will Dolphins take a quarterback at No. 6?

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Dolphins G.M. Chris Grier has done a masterful job of leveraging assets for more draft picks. He could have more moves to make.

Or maybe he’s already made his moves. Maybe, via the bang-bang trades from four weeks ago that resulted in the Dolphins moving from No. 3 to No. 12 and then to No. 6, the Dolphins still have their eyes on a quarterback.

When news broke of the first trade, which saw the Dolphins drop from No. 3 to No. 12, many (me included) assumed that it meant they won’t be taking a quarterback to potentially supplant Tua Tagovailoa. That perception didn’t change when the Dolphins gave up a future first-round pick to jump back to No. 6.

Maybe it should have. Maybe it still should. If the Dolphins have decided that Trey Lance and Justin Fields represent significant upgrades over Tagovailoa, one of them most likely will be available at No. 6. And the Dolphins surely know that.

With the Bengals, who most likely won’t trade out of the No. 5 spot (they never trade down), not taking a quarterback, at least one of those two quarterbacks will be available, with the worst-case scenario being that Mac Jones will be on the board if the 49ers take, for example, Fields and the Falcons then take Lance.

Regardless, the presumption that the Dolphins are out of the quarterback market because they willingly gave up the third pick may not be entirely justified. At the end of the day, they could still get the guy they would have taken at No. 3, plus a free first-round and third-round pick.

That ultimately may be the case, regardless of who they choose. When it’s all said and done, the Dolphins may be picking with the sixth selection the same guy they would have selected if they’d not traded the third pick. One of the benefits of keeping their cards close to the vest is that, if no one knows what they would have done at No. 3, they can always claim that they got the guy they would have taken.

None of this means they’ll be taking a quarterback at No. 6. The point is that it shouldn’t be assumed that they won’t, especially if they really like Fields and Lance and if they’ve decided based on a year with Tua that the ceiling lands somewhere below “franchise quarterback” territory. In six days, we’ll know the answer to a question that is far more fascinating than meets the eye.

29 responses to “Will Dolphins take a quarterback at No. 6?

  1. Mac Jones couldn’t beat out Tua or even Jalen Hurts at Alabama. I doubt anyone thinks he’s an upgrade. Tua suffered a significant injury about 17 months ago. He was never going to be 100% in his rookie year and absolutely everyone knew it. He may not be the answer at QB for the Dolphins, but there’s no way anyone knows that with certainty yet.

  2. I dont see them going QB. Could be wrong but Tua flashed enough last season where you give him the chance to take that next step. I’m hoping they get the chance to grab Pitts if not it has to be Chase and if both are gone trade down if possible or take Sewell

  3. 2 quarterbacks under rookie contracts is affordable and it would be foolish to put all the eggs in one basket. The only bad thing about drafting a quarterback early is that the established starter may feel insecure, but that is a small price to pay.

  4. This smells like the Dolphins sensing that their receiving options may be off the board (Pitts to Atlanta and Chase to the Bengals). If that’s the case, they want teams to believe that they may draft a QB ahead of (potential) QB-needy teams like the Panthers, Broncos and Lions.

  5. The #6 spot has great leverage in case a QB slips or Jerry sells the farm for Pitts etc. I’m certain they’ll trade down again with (in the case of the Dallas scenario) Miami receiving a WR and #10 overall – or a scenario like this. Grier has been masterful in acquiring picks, now comes the hard part of picking the right guys – TBD.

  6. I see them talking up QB and a team behind them gets spooked and them or trades to their spot, meaning more picks. Like Denvet.

  7. “Dolphins GM Chris Greer has done a masterful of leveraging assets for more draft picks.”

    But the fact that he wasted a 2nd round pick on Rosen and then a 1st round pick on Tua shows he is using those assets horribly, so why does it even matter?

  8. You don’t spend another top 6 pick on a QB unless you are certain that the new guy would be a very significant upgrade; I doubt the Dolphins HC/GM are certain of that. They will likely draft TE Kyle Pitts or WR Ja’marr Chase, if available.

  9. Defense wins championships. They had an elite defense last year without any elite players and went 10-6 with a combination of Fitzpatrick and Tua. Trent Dilfer won a Super Bowl. Brad Johnson won a Super bowl. Blake Bortles was a quarter away from playing in one. Even Brady has never won a Super Bowl without a top ten defense. QB is important, but the over-emphasis on the position like these guys get into the playoffs and rip up teams is comical to watch year after year. You need a guy who can make key plays, but I’d focus on my defense and load it up with great players.

  10. With so many CRITICAL needs, there’s NO WAY they’re taking a QB. QB at this point is a luxury pick when there’s no QB at 6 that would be an upgrade enough to replace Tua. Sewell, Chase, Pitts, Parsons, would all be far more impacting for the progression of this team than a QB.

  11. The last thing Tua needs is to be looking over his shoulder. I highly doubt the ‘Fins will draft at QB at the 6th pick. The 6th pick will be offensive help for Tua. That makes more sense to me. Miami will ride with Tua this year and see what happens. Miami has a plan in place.

  12. “2 quarterbacks under rookie contracts is affordable and it would be foolish to put all the eggs in one basket. The only bad thing about drafting a quarterback early is that the established starter may feel insecure, but that is a small price to pay.”
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    That’s far from being the only bad thing. They used the 5th pick just last season on Tua and you’re advocating they use the 6th pick this year on another QB, thus ensuring that a top pick from the last 2 drafts will be riding the pine, potentially permanently. It’d be one thing if they were drafting at #30 and somebody fell into their lap but you need to take advantage of top 10 picks and not try to redo the previous year’s draft.

  13. “They need a QB, not sure if any of those guys are upgrades over Tua.”

    If a top 6 pick in the draft can’t get you an upgrade at QB maybe you don’t need an upgrade at QB.

  14. There is “NO WAY” they select a QB @6. The organization has backed TUA all summer and if they wanted to select a QB they would have stayed @3. Playmakers on both sides of the ball will be where they go this year.

    Pitts or Chase @6
    If Neither are there @6 then they will trade down to 9/10 and pick up another 2nd this year and 4th next. Then they will have their option at Waddle or Smith.
    Paye @ 18

  15. If your GM and Coach moves on from a highly drafted quarterback after not even a full 16 games only to draft another quarterback with a high draft pick, I would no longer have any faith in those who are about to use all of those draft picks this year and next. How about get some pretty good players this year, let Tua grow and see what happens at the end of the year? Will there really be no quarterbacks who come out next year? Or the year after that? I mean seriously, I have heard of moving on from a failure but even P. Manning had a terrible year. And no I am not saying Tua will be Manning. I’m just saying give the kid a chance. And hey, don’t bring in a reliever. Determine how he handles adversity. Even the best quarterbacks have a ton of 4th quarter comebacks. Ughhhh

  16. Did Grier put you up to this so he could get some sucker to trade multiple 1st round picks for the 6th pick of the draft and allow us to still draft Waddel or Smith?

  17. Within a week of the Draft, every rumor is a lie and every question is subterfuge.

  18. Brenen Ostler says:
    April 23, 2021 at 11:55 am
    “Dolphins GM Chris Greer has done a masterful of leveraging assets for more draft picks.”

    But the fact that he wasted a 2nd round pick on Rosen and then a 1st round pick on Tua shows he is using those assets horribly, so why does it even matter?

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    The Dolphins Traded their own 2019 2nd rounder for 2 2nd’s in later years… they then flipped one of those (and a 5th) for Josh Rosen… they basically picked their 2nd rounder a year later for Rosen.. they didn’t actually give up a 2 for him (in net terms)

  19. I am always amused at the changes in the draft status of players from January to April. Nobody plays any football during that time. With the possible exception of a player looking really good or really bad at the combine or their pro day, the resumes are set in January. (or a video of a player smoking pot in a gas mask)

    The only consistent rule is that quarterbacks always climb draft boards from January to April. Other than that I am mystified as to how a guy like Kyle Pitts gets discovered after the last college football game has been played and before the draft as the best tight end to ever come out of college.

  20. check says:

    I am mystified as to how a guy like Kyle Pitts gets discovered after the last college football game has been played and before the draft as the best tight end to ever come out of college.
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    Pitts wasn’t a recent discovery. He dominated the SEC all season, starting with 4 TDs in his first game in 2020 vs. Ole Miss. He’s the real deal.

  21. alongthegulf says:
    April 23, 2021 at 1:04 pm
    The last thing Tua needs is to be looking over his shoulder.
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    If a QB can’t handle a little competition then he’s not your guy and never will be a real franchise QB in the NFL, PERIOD!

  22. Tua took on competition,everyone seems to forget he took the job from Hurt’s who was starting and then kept Mac off the field the next year. You put talent around a young man as accurate as Tua is and he’ll win.

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