Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas
The Dolphins have several pressing needs on offense. They are expected to lose Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams to free agency, the interior offensive line needs rebuilt, the receiving core could use a speedster to stretch the field, and a receiving tight end needs to be added. The Dolphins could fill all of these needs this offseason, but until they find a franchise quarterback, they will never be a legitimate title contender.
There’s still an outside chance Chad Henne could be the guy in Miami, as there have been late bloomers at the quarterback position before, like Drew Brees for example. But Henne hasn’t shown enough progress to keep investing in him as the long-term solution.
Ryan Mallet is the best pure passer in the draft. People want to rant and rave about the athletic ability of some of the quarterbacks in this year’s class, but the top two signal callers in the game, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, are average Joes athletically. I’ll take the guy with the best arm.
Some may consider this a bit of a reach here at fifteen. Ideally, the Dolphins would trade down and still snag Mallett later in the first, but if they are as convicted as I am that he can be a franchise quarterback it may be worth staying put to make sure they get their man.