Oct. 15, 2016
Why Deshaun Watson Should Replace Ryan Tannehill
The Miami Dolphins have had a horrific start to the season, and it appears that Ryan Tannehill is losing his spot as a starting QB. Developing a college wide receiver to quarterback sounds fishy, but going into the fifth year as a starter, Tannehill hasn't shown any progress. Can the Dolphins blame it on the offensive line? Can the Dolphins blame it on the defensive line? Can the Dolphins blame it on the coaches? The bottom line is Tannehill has been consistent during these changes, and yet, Miami has regressed more than being a progressing team.
What's next for Miami? They can replace Tannehill! However, the front office would have to wait until the end of the season before they figure what's next on their agenda, and eyes are already turning into another rebuilding project. Who should be the next QB for the Dolphins? I'll talk about it in this blog post.
The way Miami can get a great QB is if they turn towards the draft. The 2017 NFL Draft class for QB's has a solid amount of prospects that Adam Gase could draft. Depending on where Miami sits in the draft order (I believe they'll be in the top-five) the Dolphins can land a guy like Deshaun Watson or Brad Kaaya. There are advantages with each QB, so depending on what Gase wants, the front office would invest in one of those guys.
For example, Watson was a contender to win the Heisman Trophy last year. But, Watson has been losing his edge because of the way Clemson struggled earlier in the season, but that doesn't mean he lost his body of work. Deshaun can still throw a deep ball, has mechanics, and command to get his team out of a hole, in which every QB in the NFL has that tool. If Watson has those in his arsenal, the Dolphins could be looking at a franchise QB since Dan Marino was under center during the 90s. Now there is a risk to this. Supposed Miami loses out on drafting Watson. What Miami could do is rebuild their offensive line in the first round. Then, draft a QB in 2018 where QB's such as Lamar Jackson or Josh Rosen are available. But if I have to take a risk, I can see Gase go all-in and draft a QB in the 2017 NFL Draft