Dolphins GM Chris Grier says 2018 QB class is ‘very smart’

DAVIE – The leap from collegiate success, to the NFL is a large jump for an NFL prospect, particularly at the quarterback position. Quarterbacks are evaluated on their accuracy, arm strength, intelligence, leadership qualities and a myriad of intangibles that often times have nothing to do with the game of football.

Despite the fact that there will be an adjustment phase with the top quarterbacks in the 2018 NFL draft, Dolphins general manager Chris Grier likes what he’s seen out of this year’s draft eligible signal callers.

“There’s always going to be a developmental phase. The college does things different than the NFL, but I think the one thing that’s impressive about the five, or six guys you’re talking about is they’re all very smart.

The college game can be vastly different from the NFL game but more coaches are learning to adjust to the skill set of their players, and are willing to call plays according to their strengths.

“They’ve played for coaches that have systems that some people may say that they’re simple, but they were asked to do a lot of stuff.”

The Dolphins quarterback room currently consists of Ryan Tannehill, Brock Osweiler and David Fales. While the team could use another developmental quarterback on its roster, Grier was candid about who the Dolphins’ starting quarterback will be in 2018.

“The good thing here is – Tannehill’s the starter,” Grier said. “If a guy is going to come in, Ryan Tannehill is the starter. He’s going to sit and learn behind Ryan [Tannehill] and compete with Ryan – but at the end of the day, Ryan is our starter and he’s going to get a chance to learn.”

The Dolphins’ interest in a quarterback is palpable and they’ve done their due diligence at the position, but they realize that they aren’t alone in the race to find talent at football’s most important position.

“I think they all have a chance to be good players in the league. We’ve been fortunate to spend a lot of time with each of them. We like them but, and in terms of quarterbacks we’ve talked about – everyone is looking for the same thing: it’s the leadership, the ability to process information, accuracy. Is the guy a winner? Is he durable? All those things, everyone’s looking for the same traits in the quarterbacks.”


Brandon Howard joined the Sports Talk Florida team to cover the Miami Dolphins in April 2017 and will work diligently to provide daily Dolphins content and give accurate analysis of the roster, coaching and front office. Last season, Howard was the curator of content for Miami Dolphins Wire/ USA Today while aggregating high school sports results in Broward and Palm Beach counties for the Sun Sentinel. Prior to moving to South Florida Howard developed NFL content for Pro Player Insiders while covering the Cleveland Browns from 2014-2015. Howard, a Columbus, Ohio native graduated from West Virginia in 2004 in Athletic Coaching and Education. He also was a scholarship track and field athlete and walk-on football player. Howard was the 2003 Big East Long and IC4A long jump Champion and was a provisional national qualifier in the event. He also maintained his status as a member of the Athletic Director Academic Honor Roll during his time as a Mountaineer.