A number of NFL teams are expected to select a quarterback in the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft, with as many as five signal-callers projected to be taken in the first round.
The Miami Dolphins, who have the No. 11 pick in the draft, are among the many franchises looking for a franchise quarterback, and the Fins reportedly are bringing in two of the top QBs to visit South Beach.
Albert Breer of The MMQB reported Wednesday, citing a source, that Miami plans to host Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield on Thursday, and then welcome Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen on Thursday night and into Friday.
Mayfield, the 2017 Heisman Trophy winner, is one of the most polarizing prospects in the draft, but Dolphins head coach Adam Gase has said that he and Mayfield “clicked” when they met at the NFL Scouting Combine. The dynamic QB is an accurate passer on all three levels and a fiery leader. What he lacks in size he makes up for in playmaking ability and improvisation, which would be a big boost to a lackluster Miami offense.
Allen is expected by many to be the No. 1 overall pick by the Cleveland Browns. Reports filtered out last week that Cleveland reportedly would select Allen and Penn State running back Saquon Barkley with the No. 1 and No. 4 picks, respectively. So if the Dolphins fall in love with Allen, they might need to trade up in the draft in order to secure the talented QB.
The Dolphins’ willingness to look at young quarterback could signal the end of Ryan Tannehill’s tenure with the club. The 2012 first-round draft pick has shown flashes of brilliance in his career, but has had trouble staying healthy, and it appears Miami might be getting ready to move on from the 29-year-old.
The addition of either Mayfield or Allen should give the Dolphins their quarterback of the future. They just have to hope one still is available when they go on the clock in Arlington, Texas.
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