In last years draft the Miami Dolphins decided to trade up to the number three overall pick in order to select defensive end Dion Jordan. It was a move that very few people were expecting. In this years NFL draft I suspect the Dolphins might make another trade, only this time, a trade down.
There are a number of players the Dolphins probably will be considering with the 19th pick. Names like Zack Martin, C.J. Mosley and Eric Ebron immediately come to mind atop the Dolphins draft board. However these picks could possibly be gone so the Dolphins could either draft the best player available, reach for someone that could be chosen later in the round, or trade down. I believe the best answer to this is to trade down.
The Dolphins currently hold one pick in each round of the draft. Trading down will allow them to gather more picks in this years draft and possibly even next years. Dolphins' GM Dennis Hickey also said in his last press conference, "I always want to have more picks." Now the question is who will want to trade up in the draft. The two teams I believe will want to trade with the Dolphins are the San Francisco 49ers and Cleveland Browns.
The rumors floating around about the 49ers are that they want to move up in the draft in order to select a wide receiver. With a trade up to number 19 the 49ers could grab a player like Marqise Lee or Brandin Cooks. Earlier this year the Dolphins traded Jonathan Martin to the 49ers, so a another trade could easily be reached due to the already established relationship.
The Cleveland Browns hold two first round picks, the 4th and 26th. If the Browns decide to pass on a Quarterback, which is a big need for them, with the 4th pick they may want to trade up in order to select one at 19. The best quarterbacks most likely available at 19 will be Blake Bortles and Teddy Bridgewater.
Now if the Dolphins trade down, who do they select? Players that could be chosen late in the first round that could fill the huge hole on the right side of the Dolphins offensive line are tackles Morgan Moses or Joel Bitonio. Both players are not the best available at their position in this years draft but have incredible talent and could be trusted to start on the right side of any offensive line. The Dolphins also will now gain extra picks to select competition at other positions.
It will be very exciting to see who gets drafted and what the Dolphins decide to do with their number 19 pick. I will be in enemy territory Thursday attending the New York Jets draft party at MetLife Stadium and I will be on twitter throughout the whole day reporting the activities.
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