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Dolphins meet with Jarrett Stidham at Senior Bowl

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News yesterday indicated the Miami Dolphins had met with Missouri quarterback Drew Lock, a meeting that included the quarterback prospect being awed by the presence of Miami’s Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino. The Dolphins continued to look at potential quarterbacks on Wednesday, with the Palm Beach Post’s Joe Schad indicating Miami has met with Auburn’s passer Jarrett Stidham.

Stidham had a down 2018 season, but much of Auburn’s offense struggled, not just the quarterback. Stidham threw for 2,794 yards with 18 touchdowns and five interceptions on a 60.7 completion rate as a junior. The season before, his first at Auburn and in the SEC after transferring from Baylor via a junior college season, Stidham threw for 3,158 yards with 18 touchdowns, six interceptions, and a 66.5 percent completion rate. He was expected to become one of the top passers in college football this past season, but the Auburn offense never seemed to find their rhythm and Stidham’s production dropped.

Now, at the Senior Bowl, Stidham can put the 2018 drop-off behind him and start looking toward being an NFL quarterback. The Senior Bowl should allow Stidham to show what he can do with upper-tier talent around him, something that he did not have this past season with Auburn.

The Dolphins are doing their due-diligence right now, using the Senior Bowl as an opportunity to speak with as many potential draft targets as possible. Along with Lock and Stidham, the Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero add that the Dolphins are expected to talk to quarterbacks Daniel Jones and Will Grier. Miami is expected to move on from incumbent starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill this offseason, but there is some speculation that the team may wait until 2020 to draft their “franchise” quarterback. Even if the plan is to wait for a quarterback, the Dolphins making sure they meet with and fully evaluate this year’s prospect pool is a positive sign from the team. They may not be in love with a player right now, but they could find that diamond-in-the-rough during their evaluations and change their plans to grab him this year.

Could it be Stidham? The team has a little more information following their meeting.


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