THE DAILY TAKE

The Daily Take will be posted every weekday at 3 p.m. and will offer our opinion on a pertinent topic involving the Dolphins. Today we examine the possibility of the Dolphins drafting a quarterback.

Listen to the sports radio talk shows in Miami these days, and you're liable to hear a caller suggest the Dolphins go after a quarterback with their first pick in this year's NFL draft.

The name you'll hear suggested is Chris Simms, generally acknowledge as the fifth-best quarterback prospect behind Carson Palmer, Byron Leftwich, Kyle Boller and Rex Grossman.

That obviously brings two questions to mind.

No. 1, would the Dolphins consider taking a quarterback early in this year's draft?

No. 2, would the Dolphins consider drafting Simms?

Let's get the second one out of the way first. Nothing against Simms, but anybody who watched Simms play against Oklahoma the last couple of years would have reservations about this guy being your quarterback of the future.

Yes, Simms does have some physical ability, but the bottom line is he performed horribly in big games, and that's the most important criteria. So the Dolphins would do well to stay away from him.

How about somebody else? Well, if the Dolphins are going to spend a draft pick on a quarterback in this year's draft, it would make sense to use it earlier rather than later.

Just think back to the last three quarterbacks the Dolphins have drafted: Josh Heupel, John Dutton, Mark Barsotti. What do they have in common? None of them ever played for the Dolphins.

Besides, the Dolphins already have a young, down-the-road prospect in Sage Rosenfels.

If you bother spending a pick on a QB, it should be for someone who has a legitimate chance to become a quality starter. The only one we see fitting that bill is Louisville's Dave Ragone, a big lefty who could be available at No. 49.

Now, we're not suggesting the Dolphins should draft him, but if they are to spend a draft pick on a quarterback this year, that would be the way to go.


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