Here’s how Dol­phins plan to ap­proach ’19 NFL draft

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Sports - By Safid Deen

DAVIE — While Mi­ami Dol­phins gen­eral man­ager Chris Grier and new coach Brian Flores say they plan to en­ter­tain the idea of draft­ing quar­ter­backs in the 2019 and 2020 NFL drafts, they both seem to share a clearcut vi­sion of how they plan to ap­proach the 2019 NFL draft in less than a month.

Mi­ami has a num­ber of glar­ing needs at many po­si­tions, per­haps with safety and line­backer as the only po­si­tions that may be con­sid­ered filled.

The Dol­phins need pass rush­ers, de­fen­sive tack­les, a new start­ing right tackle and in­te­rior of­fen­sive line­men, a No. 1 wide re­ceiver, an­other run­ning back, and of course, a fran­chise quar­ter­back.

Flores and Grier know they will surely not meet all of those needs in the draft or free agency this off­sea­son. But, they hope to get off to a nice start dur­ing the 2019 draft, which will be held April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn.

“I think as we go through the draft process — and Chris and I have talked about this over and over and over again – we’re go­ing to se­lect the play­ers that we feel are the best fits for the Mi­ami Dol­phins,” Flores said dur­ing NFL meet­ings last week in Phoenix, re­gard­ing his ros­ter’s cur­rent makeup and Mi­ami’s draft phi­los­o­phy.

“It could be a quar­ter­back. It could be of­fen­sive line. It could be de­fen­sive line. It could be run­ning back. It could be any of the po­si­tions on the field. Ev­ery po­si­tion is im­por­tant. Ob­vi­ously, the quar­ter­back po­si­tion is of the ut­most im­por­tance. So if we see some­body we like and we think we can de­velop and can con­trib­ute to this team, and if he’s there and we can get him, then that’s the right fit.”

The Dol­phins own a draft pick in each of the first five rounds, in­clud­ing the No. 13 over­all pick in the first round, with two sev­enth-round picks in the 2019 draft.

They Dol­phins have also ac­cu­mu­lated 10 draft picks in the 2020 draft, one in each of the seven rounds with an ex­tra fourth, sixth and sev­enth round pick thanks to trades of for­mer quar­ter­back Ryan Tan­nehill and de­fen­sive end Robert Quinn.

Mi­ami could also ac­quire more draft picks in fu­ture deals ei­ther in 2019 or 2020, and com­pen­satory picks in 2020 for the free-agent departures of play­ers such as right tackle Ja’Wuan James and long­time de­fen­sive end Cameron Wake.

The Dol­phins also have their 2021 and 2022 lot of fu­ture draft picks in tow.

Sim­ply put, the Dol­phins have as­sets and flex­i­bil­ity to see their ex­ten­sive re­build through in a dili­gent fash­ion.

If it comes down to it, they could aggressively com­pile a con­vinc­ing trade pack­age to move up in the drafts if there is a player they covet most. But that could come with a steep cost the Dol­phins must con­sider, too, Grier said.

“Peo­ple made a big deal about 2020, but that’s also where the mar­ket has taken us as far as ac­quir­ing those picks, and com­pen­satory picks as well,” Grier said. “So we’ll have a lot of flex­i­bil­ity to do stuff, whether it’s this year’s draft or next year’s draft.”

Still, many Dol­phins fans and na­tional pun­dits will be watch­ing to see how Mi­ami han­dles the quar­ter­back po­si­tion.

Could Ohio State’s Dwayne Hask­ins or Mis­souri’s Drew Lock fall to Mi­ami in the first round af­ter Ok­la­homa’s Kyler Mur­ray be­comes the pre­sum­able No. 1 over­all pick?

Could the Oak­land Raiders at No. 4 and Den­ver Bron­cos at No. 10 make a splash at the QB po­si­tion caus­ing the Dol­phins to look else­where?

Would West Vir­ginia’s Will Grier be avail­able in the se­cond or third rounds for the Dol­phins if they pick a her­alded de­fen­sive line­man or of­fen­sive line­man in the first round?

And how do the group of po­ten­tial 2020 quar­ter­backs, in­clud­ing Alabama’s Tua Tago­v­ailoa, Ore­gon’s Justin Her­bert and Georgia’s Jake Fromm, fac­tor in Mi­ami’s plans af­ter the 2019 draft and sea­son?

Grier, Flores and the Dol­phins have less than a month be­fore the 2019 draft to pon­der these de­ci­sions and dic­tate the fu­ture fate of the fran­chise.

“Whether it’s this year or next year, we could maybe take one both this year and next year,” Grier said of draft­ing a quar­ter­back in 2019 and 2020.

“It’s a po­si­tion you can never be sat­is­fied un­til you have the guy you re­ally feel can give you a chance to win a cham­pi­onship.”

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