In case you haven’t heard about it the 2016 draft, it has been completed for a couple of weeks now and late in the 7th round the Miami Dolphins selected quarterback Brandon Doughty out of Western Kentucky.
This may raise the eyebrows of some, and others may choose to just ignore this selection since it came so late in the draft. I however have decided to ponder on this pick, and wonder just how far this Florida kid coming out of Western Kentucky can really go. It’s hard to imagine him becoming the starter anytime soon with the Dolphins inking Ryan Tannehill as the solidified starter of the future after signing him to that 97 million dollar contract extension that lasts through 2020. The question after choosing Doughty is, “Why draft another quarterback when you have a guaranteed starter, and a solid veteran backup in Matt Moore?”
What I think the Dolphins will do is develop Brandon Doughty, and ease him into the NFL with baby steps. Having him compete in an under the radar quarterback battle with their other 3rd/4th string quarterback Logan Thomas in all the offseason activities with the second and third strings guys on offense will allow the team to evaluate the rookie, and see just how much development he will need.
Doughty and Thomas will compete for the third string job behind Moore, and the team should release the lesser of the two to save a bit of cap space when the time is right.
Let's take a moment and fast-forward to 2020.
Let's say Ryan Tannehill isn’t the team's long-term solution at QB and he gets released, again whenever the time is right so that the Dolphins don’t lose too much money if any. Now if they’ve kept Doughty on the team by the time Tannehill is released, we could see a Doughty battle for the quarterback position in the preseason of 2020 or 2021. Behind an improved offensive line and having a stud receiving corps led by Jarvis Landry, Doughty should have all the pieces around him to take this team to the next level and beyond. If things work out like I’ve predicted it’s going to be very interesting to watch this player develop over the next couple of seasons.
Turns out the Dolphins may have had more in mind than originally expected when drafting Doughty in the 7th round of this year's draft.