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Looking back at the NFL draft, who was the biggest steal?

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After all the anticipation and hype leading up to draft day, the three day draft selection flew right by. Since the closure of day three, all the draft experts have turned their focus on evaluating how each team did, and which hidden gems were scooped up in the later rounds.

Despite all the “good value picks”, don’t overlook the fact that the Miami Dolphins came away with a quarterback that was just a top-10 pick last season. The Miami Dolphins sent their second round pick (62nd overall) to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for quarterback Josh Rosen.

Trade rumors had been getting louder as  the draft approached. It appeared the Arizona Cardinals wanted a first round pick in return, but eventually settled for a second rounder. This move comes just a year after Rosen’s rookie campaign in Arizona.

The Dolphins got a lot of upside on this move, as Rosen’s still on his rookie deal. He’s locked in for three more years (plus the fifth year option) and he is a polarizing prospect who still hasn’t reached his full potential. Rosen’s rookie season didn’t display his full ability due to a watered down roster he was dealt. Not to mention, his offensive line didn’t provide him with much protection what so ever, as he was sacked 45 times.

The Dolphins will head into the 2019 season with Josh Rosen and Ryan Fitzpatrick as the two quarterbacks battling it out for the starting nod. I’d expect Miami’s new head coach Brian Flores to have a training camp battle, versus just handing Rosen the job. This could also be beneficial in the developmental stages for Rosen to interact with a veteran in Fitzpatrick everyday in practice.

Rosen will also get to work with some experienced offensive minds with Jim Caldwell and Chad O’Shea. He’ll still have some challenges based on the playmakers out wide, but he should have some extra time in the pocket compared to what he experienced last season in Arizona. His receiving core entails DeVante Parker, Kenny Stills, Albert Wilson, Jakeem Grant, and Brice Butler.

Look for Rosen to take steps in the right direction in 2019. The Dolphins still appear to be rebutting their roster, but they have gotten off to a quality start. Getting a franchise quarterback is the most important part of building a roster, and they just might have done so by acquiring Rosen as their new signal caller moving forward.

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