No. 5: Miami Dolphins
There’s a lot left to be determined when it comes to teams needing quarterbacks. Players like the Baltimore Ravens’ Joe Flacco or the New Orleans Saints’ Teddy Bridgewater could be available. And the 49ers may even try to offload one of their two backups, Nick Mullens or C.J. Beathard, too.
San Francisco 49ers
That said, more than a handful of teams are going to be eyeing Dwayne Haskins, creating a possible bidding war to move up as high as possible on draft day.
The Miami Dolphins are one such team. They recently fired head coach Adam Gase, and the latest reports would suggest Dallas Cowboys defensive backs coach Kris Richard is a leading candidate.
Assuming that goes through, and Richard is the coach taken, his choice of offensive coordinator will dictate a lot what the quarterback prospectus will be in Miami for 2019 and beyond.
Currently, the options are split between Ryan Tannehill and a re-sign candidate, Brock Osweiler, who’s pending free agency. Tannehill is signed through 2020, although the Dolphins could save over $19.5 million in cap space that year if he’s released. And considering injuries have limited him to just 11 of the last 32 games, one has to assume Miami is strongly considering his replacement.
The Dolphins own each of their picks in all seven rounds, including the No. 13 overall selection. A trade-up package would have to be pretty lucrative, likely including multiple first-round picks and a good crop of mid rounders, to make up the difference of over 10 spots.
But if the Dolphins are desperate and sold on Haskins, the 49ers could end up commanding quite the king’s ransom.