The biggest question for the Miami Dolphins and their fans was whether or not they would pick at 12 or trade at 12. 12 came up quick and the Dolphins made their decision with 4 minutes left on the clock. They traded the pick to the San Diego Chargers.
The Chargers took running back Ryan Mathews of Fresno State, which shocked a lot of fans. A 16 spot jump. It was costly as well. The Dolphins moved to the 28 spot after much speculation that they would trade with either Philadelphia or Dallas.
The Dolphins received the Chargers pick at 28 in the first round, the Chargers higher 2nd round pick at number 40, and a swap of 4th round selections. The trade gives the Dolphins a total of 6 picks in the first 5 rounds. The Dolphins also added LB Tim Dobbins for depth through the trade. We will have more on Dobbins later.
The live chat room here on site sat through a tense few moments until the trade was officially announced. All seemed pleased with the work that Jeff Ireland and Bill Parcells put forth.
The trade opens the option for the Dolphins to draft an OLB if they fall or a NT like Dan Williams if he falls. The trade also give the Phins a high second round selection that they have wanted back since trading their own 2nd for Brandon Marshall. The addition of the 2nd, in essence makes the Brandon Marshall trade seem more like a 2nd rounder in 2011 instead of 2 2nd rounders total.
The Phins entered the day with a plan, and it should be noted that they may not be entirely done. It’s very possible that the Phins could trade out of the 1st round all together and gain a 2nd rounder next year and multiple 2nd this year. Ronnie Brown and Justin Smiley are also still trade options tomorrow.
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