2009 Draft Countdown: Quarterbacks

With the 2009 NFL draft only a few weeks away, we offer our extensive position-by-position breakdown. Each report will include an analysis of the Dolphins' status at the position, the likelihood of a draft pick being spent at the position, a look at which prospects the Dolphins have worked out or visited with, a list of the top prospects, and the sleepers. We start with the quarterbacks.

Where the Dolphins stand: The Dolphins look like they're totally set here with a veteran starter in Chad Pennington, a promising quarterback of the future in Chad Henne, and a developmental project (still) in John Beck. In fact, it's tough to remember the last time the Dolphins were such in good shape at the position at this time of year.

Likelihood of the Dolphins using a pick at the position: Very, very slim. There's really no need for another young quarterback to develop, and that might even apply if the Dolphins wind up trading Beck.

Prospects at the position the Dolphins have worked out: Mike Teel, Rutgers

The top prospects: 1. Matthew Stafford, Georgia; 2. Mark Sanchez, USC; 3. Josh Freeman, Kansas State; 4. Pat White, West Virginia; 5. Rhett Bomar, Sam Houston State; 6. Nate Davis, Ball State; 7. Stephen McGee, Texas A&M; 8. John Parker Wilson, Alabama; 9. Graham Harrell, Texas Tech; 10. Tom Brandstater, Fresno State

Summary: There's some debate as to whether Stafford or Sanchez should be No. 1 here, but we'll give the edge to Stafford mainly because he started for three years in college, whereas Sanchez only started one year. That makes a difference at any position, but particularly at quarterback where NFL teams want to eliminate the unknowns. Freeman is an imposing physical specimen in the mold of Daunte Culpepper and JaMarcus Russell, but it's going to take some time for him to be able to contribute in the NFL -- if that time ever comes. The most intriguing prospect at the position has to be Pat White, whose athletic ability makes him ideal to take snaps in the Wildcat formation. But White probably is too limited as a pure quarterback to be able to play that position on a full-time basis. Think Antwaan Randle El when it comes to White. Overall, it's not a very impressive class, and it takes a major dip once you get past Stafford, Sanchez and Freeman.

Sleepers: Nathan Brown, Central Arkansas; Jason Boltus, Hartwick; Billy Malone, Abilene Christian


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