Dolphins draft preview: QB

With the 2005 NFL draft fast approaching, we take a look at the Dolphins' situation at each position along with a prediction as to what the team might do during the draft. This story looks at the quarterback position.

With the second overall pick in the draft, this usually would be a good time to look at the possibility of adding a franchise quarterback.

But the problem is that there doesn't appear to be a franchise quarterback in this year's draft, and that includes Cal's Aaron Rodgers and Utah's Alex Smith, both of whom have a shot at going No. 1 overall.

Because of that fact, and the fact the Dolphins have needs everywhere else, it's difficult to envision the Dolphins picking either Rodgers or Smith at No. 2 -- assuming they hang on to the pick and don't trade down.

The Dolphins only have five picks at this point, so it doesn't make sense for them to take a quarterback at any time during this draft because they already have a developmental prospect in Sage Rosenfels.

As for the starting position, you can expect a heated battle between newcomer Gus Frerotte and A.J. Feeley, who ended last season as the starter.

Let's be honest here, neither can be considered a great quarterback. Feeley still is an unproven commodity after a very uneven performance last season, while Frerotte is a journeyman who has been a backup more often than not.

Again, if this were a year where there were a couple of blue-chip quarterback prospects, it would be awfully difficult to pass up the opportunity to secure the position for years to come.

Last year, for example, would have been perfect for this year's Dolphins, who could have had their pick of either Philip Rivers or Ben Roethlisberger.

Again, Smith and Rodgers aren't considered as good as any of those three, so that's why it would be a major surprise to see the Dolphins select a quarterback in the first round of the 2005 draft.


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