Casserly: Dolphins shouldn’t reach for QB

The Dolphins are in a tricky spot with the 15th overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft, and the question is what direction does the team go in?

While many feel Chad Henne isn’t the answer at quarterback, coach Tony Sparano is standing behind his starter, at least for now. It’s also widely believed top-rated quarterbacks Cam Newton and Blaine Gabbert will be off the board at that point, meaning if the Dolphins look to draft a quarterback, they might be forced to reach for quarterbacks Jake Locker or Ryan Mallett.

NFL Network draft analyst Charley Casserly offered up a word of caution for the Dolphins: Don’t reach for a quarterback.

“You don’t want to force a pick here, because at the end of the day, it won’t work anyway,” Casserly said. “But when the pressure is on, sometimes you’ll force a pick.  So you have to, in evaluating these quarterbacks, you have to decide — and this is a hard group to evaluate — about the physical skills versus the mental and off-the-field skills.

“Where do they rank in your evaluation? Do you think you can overcome whatever deficiencies this guy has in any area? Because that’s what you’ll be facing at 15. It’s not going to be a clean pick on those quarterbacks.”

Adding to the equation is the fact the Dolphins don’t hold a second-round pick. If they’re unable to move down in the first round or acquire more picks, their lone shot at the first- and second-tier quarterbacks might be at No. 15.

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