One of the many debates this offseason is the choice for a Rookie QB, or a Veteran QB. The answer has varied for many teams, as for the Jets it the answer was Mark Sanchez. a rookie who had a tremendous start, now only in his third year, is standing right before the Super Bowl. Here in Miami, we thought a rookie by the name of Chad Henne was the answer, but now in his third year, has led his team to a record of 7-9. "Henne Believers" are becoming scarce nowadays, you know, the ones who say "Henne is a work in progress, just give him time." Well folks, those days are just about over. It's now time to look ahead, and not giving a QB whose career may never take off "more time." Because Miami could very well, be out of time. With Vets like Karlos Dansby crawling towards retirement. Which means Miami could struggle over the next few years, in many places if we do not act fast. If you ask any Football fan the most vital position is the Quarterback. Which is where Miami, needs to act.
The Next Decision:
Rookie or Veteran? Answer: Both
Rookies: (Options: Cam Newton, Blaine Gabbert, Jake Locker etc.)
Miami needs a guy like Cam Newton, a guy who isnt inconsistent, like our pal Chad Henne. I recommend him for our fist pick, saying he drops down to us. For the first fourteen picks, I will be biting my nails, hoping I never hear the name CAM NEWTON until pick fiffteen.
As an NFL draft prospect, he has great mobility and can break a defense with his ability to run. He throws well on the move and has above average arm strength. Much like Vince Young during his time at Texas, Newton makes throws look effortless. Also like Young, his accuracy can be hot and cold from throw to throw. With only one year as a starter in Division 1 football, Newton is the most raw player in the draft, at any position.
Jake Locker: A more likely canidate for Miami, as Newton could very well be picked up by teams like Arizona, Minnesota, Washington etc. With a bit more learning, from our new QB Coach Chad Pennington (I can dream right?) I think we can erase some of his occasional bonehead mistakes, and turn him into a purely elite QB. The guy's no Cam Newton but he still poses some great threats just on his own.
Locker is the ultimate dual-threat at quarterback. He has run an officially timed 4.4 in the 40-yard dash, has a John Elway-like arm and tons of potential. He also makes some bone-headed plays and has not shown great accuracy in the pocket.
Locker excels when on the move. He throws better across his body than any other passer in the class and can make exceptional reads when moving outside the pocket. He seems to come alive when moving. Unfortunately, that won't work in the NFL.
Blaine Gabbert: Gabbert is no joke. He's an elite, with laser-shot throws that are right on the money. However, being the player that he is, and the potential he offers, he (like Cam Newton) could very well be drafted by a team before pick fiffteen.
Gabbert has played in a system that is designed for the quarterback to succeed. He does a great job making short-to-intermediate throws that are well timed and brilliantly designed. The system at Mizzou is very close to what teams like Green Bay and New England are running today.
Let me just say something before I start, I do not believe that any of the quarterbacks that are availible for sure, would fit Miami all to well. However, there are two Vets that are not availble yet, but I do have on my wishlist. They are Kyle Orton & Kevin Kolb. Kevin Kolb; who has asked to be traded, would not be a bad choice. he did lead Philly to a great start of the season before giving over the reigns to Michael Vick. Kyle Orton, the least likely of the two to become available, is a great Vet, even after leading Denver to 4-12 season, the worst in franchise history. There were many reasons he didnt do well, including Josh McDaniels and his bonehead coaching decisions. So his chances of leaving Denver, are possible. As for the other availble Veterans, I think we'll have to leave it to Tony and the boys on this one. But I do think we need at least one vet, and one rookie. One to teach and one to learn. And when the rookie's day comes, we will have an elite, strong quarterback.
Veteran (Kevin Kolb, Kyle Orton) + Rookie (Cam Newton, Jake Locker) = Elite QB
Now let's kick back and read another 100 posts about exactly the same thing. =)