Columnist says Dolphins won't suck enough for Luck
Miami Herald columnist Greg Cote brings up an interesting and very scary point for Dolphins fans - and the fans of any other team currently on the radar in the "Suck for Luck" sweepstakes.
Currently, there are still two winless teams -the Dolphins and Indianapolis Colts - and a number of other teams hovering on the periphery of the Luck derby with one or two victories. What happens for a team that is really bad, but not bad enough to have the No. 1 overall pick?
If the 'Phins are bad but not bad enough to obtain Luck, what should they do with the second or third pick in the draft? Twice before, the Dolphins have been in a situation to grab a potential franchise quarterback, but took Ronnie Brown over Aaron Rodgers in 2005, and grabbed Jake Long over Matt Ryan in 2008.
If Luck is not in the picture when the Dolphins' turn comes up, don't they have to go quarterback anyway and select the next best guy on their board - be it (assuming they enter the draft) USC's Matt Barkley, Oklahoma's Landry Jones, Oklahoma State's Brandon Weedon (who is a senior) or whoever they deem worthy as the next best guy.
Yes, those gambles don't always pan out (see Smith, Akili or Leaf, Ryan) but more and more young quarterbacks not taken first overall are seeing action earlier. Some like Andy Dalton and Christian Ponder are even having measurable success.
So if the Dolphins miss out on Luck, then yes, the time has still come to spent a first-round pick on a quarterback.
Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com