I have to admit that the dolphins had one of the better drafts in recent years. If you consider the little ammo they came in with and the amount of needs they filled with quality players and future potential starter, you have to admit the draft was a success. They picked up a strong active pulling guard/center; A productive, fresh, TD machine of a RB and a deep threat that can take the lid off of a defense. Their picks, make NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT, will improve this maligned offense.
The Dolphins have philosophically decided that the QB position is only as strong as its running game.Years back this was true, defenses would have the luxury of punishing QB's and mugging Wide Receivers, making the passing game very difficult to execute efficiently due to the importance of timing. The running game was simple, overpower your opponent and you will win. Ever since the escalation of safety protocols and the institution of the hands off policy on WR, overpowering an opponent has been replaced by outsmarting them. You see it all around the league, Sean Peyton multiple sets, Belichic and his spread WR screen offense, Rodgers and his 4 wide, even the Steelers had to abandon its organizational mission statement and renovate its new generation offense.
Defenses our limited to one strategy, BLITZ. Zone blitzes, corner blitzes, delay blitzes, safety blitzes. Get the ball out of the QB's hands as fast as possible. Defenses can get away with playing possum zone against a mediocre QB but against a good QB, you give him time, and he will smoke you fool. You play cover two vs Brady and he will jab you to death like Mohammad Ali, you play man to man vs Manning and your down by 6 in 30 seconds. This is what makes a team like the jets so successful, they are unarguably the best blitzing team in the league.
How does that effect a running game?? If you have a team constantly sending a free blitzer, your defense is sending 8 or more men at the line of scrimmage at all times. Making the running game difficult to execute unless you know where the free man is coming from, and only the good QB's can effectively change the GAP or the direction of the run, making his intelligence imperative even on running downs.
This league has effectively, with rule changes and safety protocols, made the QB the most important and imperative position in all of team sports; only the goalie in hockey can effect a game so drastically. The Dolphins had a great draft and there is no doubt in my mind that Jeff Ireland can scout talent, but he has been indoctrinated to a Dying philosophy and it will be his demise, if and when the Dolphins continue to be irrelevant without a QB.