Week 1 I was hoping for 0-16 because this organization has lacked the ability to draft well and develop what they draft. As the season has unfolded it has been abundantly clear that drafting 1-2 isn't nearly as important with this staff. What's being overlooked by those still clamoring for losses is Miami finally having a solid coaching staff in place which is every bit as important as the QB.
Sure higher draft picks would be nice, but there are many different paths to building a team. It's not like the only way you build a NFL contender is by getting the top draft pick. As for the FItzpatrick and Tunsil trades, Miami wasn't getting first round production from Minkah and getting two first and two seconds for Tunsil was good deal. We won't know if the moves pay off until we see how the 2020 and 2021 drafts turn out. I think there would have been a lot of buzz around the team this off season if each of the picks turned out to be pretty high, but as it stands Miami can still make a lot of noise in the coming months.
I am only saying this based on experience of having followed the draft for 25 or so years...beware of fast risers.
Burrow could be a savior- or he could be Ryan Leaf. There is no way to know. We can't stick our heads in the sand and cry because we won't get him.
But this first round has serious studs- if you watch college football, there are some serious players there for the taking. Simmons from Clemson, Brown DT Auburn wrecks people, Delpit S LSU...A couple of awesome centers maybe late in the first. I watched the Wisconsin center maul Minnesota on Saturday, he looked like the real deal.
I do appreciate people being torn on this subject of drafting high, but I really think this QB class that looked like a historic one pre-season has really pooped out. We need to draft a QB that fits what we do, but it may not happen right away.
Though I have a feeling that Herbert will be the pick, maybe after a trade down of our top pick. That's just a hunch, not a prediction or a wish.