I keep thinking about the Miami Dolphins. In 1967 they drafted Bob Griese as the 4th overall pick in the draft. He guided their team through 1979 with the benefit of Don Shula as the coach. The three years following Griese's retirement the Phins had three fair seasons. But they knew the QB position was not manned by a Bob Griese. Along comes 1983. Six QBs were drafted in the first round of the draft. John Elway, Jim Kelly, Tony Eason, Todd Blacklidge and Dan Marino. Marino went last in that bunch ,but his performance over the next 17 years was amazing to watch.
In the year 2000 the Dolphins acquired a 1993 graduate of Dartmouth College . A QB that had been with the Eagles (1995), Vikings (1998), and Jacksonville( 1999), although never was a starter. Jay Fiedler somehow managed two good seasons and two bad seasons for the Phins from 2000-2004. Still searching for a QB answer Rick Spielman made a big play in 2004 free agency and brought the 3rd string QB, who had saved the Eagles season, to Miami for a 2nd round draft pick. To be kind A.J.Feeley was simply awful.
Since that 2004 season the Dolphins have had a different QB each year until Chad Henne started some games in 2009 and most of the 2010 season. As of today, by most accounts, the Dolphins are looking for a QB. Chad Henne doesn't look like a QBOF.
During the time the Dolphins needed to be finding Marino's replacement (1996) until now the Dolphins have drafted
John Dutton - 9th round 1998
Josh Hueple- 7th round 2001
John Beck- 2nd round 2007
Chad Henne- 2nd round 2008
Pat White-2nd round 2009
During those 14 years of drafting the Dolphins have had a top 15 pick 4 times. 4 other years they have not had a 1st round pick. They had the 15th pick in '97, the 2nd pick in '05, the 9th pick in '07 and the #1 pick in '08.
In '97 the first QB taken was Jim Druckenmiller with the 26th pick of the draft.
In '05 Alex Smith was taken #1 and the Dolphins passed on Aaron Rodgers
In '07 JaMarcus was taken #1 and the Dolphins passed on Brady Quinn
In "08 the Dolphins chose not to draft Matt Ryan. Instead they waited till the second round to get their guy.
Viking fans know how difficult it is to be in a position to take a qualified QB. Those opportunities don't happen very often. Looking at the Miami situation I come away with only one conclusion. If a qualified candidate exists at #12 we have to pull the trigger.No matter if Peterson, The Prince, Fairley, or other touted player is available. Jake Long was a fine #1 selection for the Miami offensive line. But he wasn't a QBOF like Matt Ryan.