General Manager Jeff Ireland and Tony Sparano get it. They wanted the right quarterback in the draft, too. And they tried to make a play to get Ryan Mallett. Lacking a third-round pick, they tried to trade into the third round to get Mallett, according to a source.
They were not able to get in high enough fast enough.
"We were willing to take him, we just couldn't get our hands on him," the source with knowledge of the front office's thinking told me. "We tried, but we couldn't do it. He's going to be a good quarterback."
Instead the Dolphins are moving on because, for all the work they did on Mallett, for all the skills they know he possesses, they just didn't see him as a first- or second-round player. (Neither did anyone else, by the way.)
The Dolphins tell me they couldn't get a vision for Mallett to invest in him that early. To pick a player you have to know how he fits the team, how he fits the position. As a first or second round pick, that would mean Mallett would be your presumed starter immediately.
You trade up from round 3, into round 2 to get a RB and then you tell us you "tried" to trade back into round 3 to get a QB for whom you had an endorsement of "meh" ?
This isn't adding up for me. I'm not feeling it.
The problem here is that Miami didn't want to be forced to play a guy right away, and they didn't want to get second guessed. Oh if we draft him as high as Henne or White, people will expect him to play soon. We should wait...
What was it I said? Develop a conviction and go after that guy. Whoever was the guy, they should have tried to get him.