Dolphins Legend Dan Marino Would Understand if Team Drafted Quarterback

David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Dolphins are preparing for the 2013 NFL Draft, with plenty of speculation from media and fans alike. Should the team take a wide receiver or a defensive end first? When will the team address the secondary? Over the past few weeks, the idea of the Dolphins selecting a quarterback, despite using a first rounder on Ryan Tannehill last year. Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino can see the sense in making that move.

The 2013 NFL Draft is still three months away, but the speculation is incessant. Amid Miami Dolphins fans, the projections consistently revolve around the defensive end or the wide receiver position, with the occasional secondary consideration. The quarterback position is never mentioned, other than to say the Dolphins desperately need to acquire playmakers to surround last year's eighth overall pick, Ryan Tannehill.

However, there seems to be a growing sense that the Dolphins should use a draft pick, and possibly an early one, on the signal caller position. The idea is, in case Tannehill turns out to be more like Chad Henne than anyone would care to imagine, Miami would be ready to plug someone else into the lineup and still continue the development of the team.

Tannehill finished the year with 3,294 yards (20th in the NFL), 12 touchdowns (27th), and 13 interceptions (15th most in the NFL). His 76.1 passer rating ranked 27th in the league, which placed him three positions ahead of Henne, the Dolphins former "franchise" quarterback, and one position behind 2013 first overall pick Andrew Luck.

Former Miami Dolphins legend, and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino was asked at the Dan Marino Foundation WalkAbout Autism about the Dolphins possibly drafting another quarterback. While, according to the Sun-Sentinel's Chris Perkins, Marino did not "endorse the idea," he did weigh in on the sensibility of making such a move.

"I don't know if the Dolphins are going do that," Marino told Perkins. "But you do have to look at the way the league is now, there's injuries and you do have to have solid players and solid people at each position, especially at quarterback, if something happens to your starter."

When asked if Tannehill would feel threatened by the team adding another quarterback justa year after selecting the Texas A&M Aggies quarterback, Marino responded:

"I wouldn't think so," Marino said. "I think if you're quarterback and you have to play at a high level and you're playing in the NFL, you don't mind competition, no matter what it is.

"If I was there, and when I was a rookie, if there was another quarterback and you want to bring him in, that's fine. I think you have to have that mental attitude if you're playing that position, and that's ‘I'm going to work hard; I don't mind competition.' That's part of it."

To turn this to my personal views of the idea, I would say this is the wrong time for the Dolphins to take another quarterback. I have stated several times that I love the concept of taking a quarterback every draft. That one year you hit on a sixth round quarterback who becomes a future Hall of Famer, you have moved your franchise forward faster than ever imaginable. However, this year is not the season to make that investment. The Dolphins have too many needs. They have to make use of all of their draft picks to fill the needs to help Tannehill grow. In 2014, I would support taking a third, fourth, or fifth round quarterback, but not this year.

What about you? What do you think? Should the Dolphins use one of their nine draft picks on a quarterback? When should they do it? Let us know in the comments below.


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