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From first-round pick to traded: Can the Dolphins fix Josh Rosen?

With an opportunity to select some of the top quarterbacks in the 2019 NFL draft including Dwayne Haskins and Drew Lock, the Miami Dolphins turned back the clock and chose Josh Rosen.

Rosen, the No. 10 overall pick in the 2018 draft, should step in as the Dolphins’ Week 1 starting quarterback — much to the dismay of journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick. But is he the long-term answer to a franchise quarterback question that hasn’t been properly answered since Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino retired?

Dolphins general manager Chris Grier deserves credit for capitalizing on Rosen’s diminished value while keeping his options open of adding another signal-caller in the 2020 draft.cheap nike nfl jerseys china

Grier didn’t hold the Arizona Cardinals over the fire in Friday night’s trade despite his leverage advantage — a late second-round pick and a 2020 fifth-round pick aren’t throwaways for a team in desperate need of building blocks — but the value for a recent top-10 pick at the most important position on the field was too good to ignore.

So should Dolphins fans throw away their “Tank for Tua” shirts? Not yet, but they might want to bury them in the closet and purchase some “Chosen Rosen” gear.2

It sounds as if first-year Dolphins coach Brian Flores and offensive coordinator Chad O’Shea were the difference-makers in the Rosen deal. That means Rosen has two of the people most integral to the team’s success as believers in him.

That’s a dramatic change from one year ago. Two sources told ESPN that Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen were the two quarterbacks Miami preferred in the 2018 draft. Each went before the Dolphins’ pick, as did Rosen at No. 10, but he wasn’t an option in the draft room.nike nfl jerseys cheap paypal

So what changed?

“I wouldn’t say we didn’t like Rosen,” Grier said. “Again, working with different coaching staffs and what they’re looking for at the position. At that point, we were talking about a top-10 pick, and he just wasn’t in those top five or six guys we were comfortable taking at pick 11.”

The Dolphins didn’t have a top-11 grade on Rosen, and Adam Gase — the previous head coach — wasn’t a fan of the former UCLA QB.

“We talked and did a lot of background checks in terms of people in and around Arizona’s organization, UCLA’s staff that had him and we had the information on him last year, too,” Grier said. “Again, we felt comfortable for the value where he was.”