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Bowen: Baker Mayfield Makes Sense for the Dolphins

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ESPN’s Matt Bowen ranked five teams that would be a fit for Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, and the Dolphins made the cut.

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The Miami Dolphins have suffered from inconsistent quarterback play for the majority of the 2017 NFL season. With Jay Cutler likely on his way out after this season, and Ryan Tannehill’s injury recovery in mind—the Dolphins could easily be in the market for a new quarterback this offseason. According to ESPN’s Matt Bowen, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield would be a fit inside coach Adam Gase’s offense.

Bowen ranked five potential NFL landing spots for Mayfield, and the Dolphins came in at No. 1 on the list. Bowen explained why the potential marriage would work with the following:

The Jay Cutler experiment hasn't worked out, and the team could cut injured former starter Ryan Tannehill this offseason with little effect on its cap space. That would open a door for the Dolphins to target Mayfield near the top of the second round. And I like the fit here in coach Adam Gase's offense.

Think of the run-pass options, the play-action and the movement schemes that would cater to Mayfield's game.

Bowen acknowledged that Miami has some serious questions to answer before using a valuable draft pick to select a quarterback. In the end, Mayfield’s upside is worth the investment in Bowen’s opinion.

Given that Miami needs to think hard about its future at quarterback, I'm buying the idea of the Dolphins taking a hard look at Mayfield. The skill set and the system are a match. And so is the value on Day 2 of the draft.

Mayfield has been an integral part of Oklahoma’s 12-1 record this year. Along with the Sooners’ team success, the 22-year-old quarterback has passed for 41 touchdowns and 4,340 yards this season.

You can read Bowen’s full story by following this link.


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