The Miami Dolphins are rumored to have interest in Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg with their early second-round pick, according to Draft Insider’s Tony Pauline in an article on the Philadelphia Eagles’ website.
Some in the league tell me they believe Christian Hackenberg will be selected ahead of Lynch. I do not buy this opinion, but expect Hackenberg to be off the board during the early part of the second round as the San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Bears and Miami Dolphins are all considering him in the top half of that frame.
Interesting. Miami’s first three picks are No. 13, No. 42 and No. 73.
I’m among those who think the Dolphins need to draft a quarterback, and draft one early. While Ryan Tannehill could still turn out to be a upper third QB, why not throw a dart at another prospect in the first few rounds? There’s so much value at the position. It’d also push Tannehill and offer the team a head start on Plan B in case the Dolphins and their incumbent decide to part ways after the season.
Now whether Hackenberg fits the mold of franchise quarterback is another question. Everyone loves his physical tools, but his tape leads some evaluators comparing him to the likes of Ryan Mallet.
Pitiful offensive line or not, is there precedent of a quarterback finding NFL success after struggling immensely in his last two years of college? He completed 54 percent of his passes last season (104th in NCAA) and ranked 84th in Total QBR.
It’s not a bad idea to target a quarterback in the first 60 picks — potentially via trading down from No. 13 — but Paxton Lynch would be my guy.