Dolphins Should Trade Down in the 2011 Draft


The Fins have the 15th pick in the upcoming draft.  Many pundits and bloggers have their opinions as to what to do with this pick.  Some say QB.  Some say RB.  Some say speed.  Here is my two cents as to what I think the Fins should do in order to get to the playoffs.

I believe that this draft will not have a QB worth taking at the 15th pick.  Gabbert and Newton will likely be gone – besides, I am not that big on Newton even if he is available.  Plus, Mallett and Locker aren’t worth it – too much risk.  I believe there is not a RB worth taking either.  Mark Ingram seems to me to be too much like Ronnie Brown and will likely spend a lot of time on IR or injured in civi’s on the bench.  I believe that the Fins should not spend the 15th pick on a WR.  This is one position that we already spent two 2nd round picks on last year to get Brandon Marshall.  Lastly, I pray the Fins do not take a defensive player with the 15th pick.  They spent a lot of draft assets on defense in last year’s draft.

I believe that Fins should trade down and pick up an OL to help the most dismal part of the Fins offense.  The Fins could trade down to the 27th pick in the first round which is currently held by the Falcons.  The Falcons need a WR and Julio Jones (Alabama) may be available at the 15th pick.  They would love to have Julio opposite of Roddy White for Matt Ryan.  In return, the Fins would get Atlanta’s 2nd rounder (59th pick) and 4th rounder (123th pick) in addition to the 27th pick.  The three additional picks would be extremely helpful to shore up the Fins offense this year.

With the 27th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins could select Gabe Carimi, OT from Wisconsin.  Getting another Big Ten workman-like tackle opposite of Jake Long would help shore up the OL.  Carimi could be placed at RT moving the aging Vernon Carey to RG.  This would kill two birds with one stone.  Carey is getting too old to play tackle and our guard positions need serious help.  I think Sparano would love such a choice and would use his new found influence in personnel matters to make it happen.  If Carimi isn’t available, then there are four other tackles (Solder, Smith, Sherrod, and Castonzo) worth taking in the 1st round who could start at right tackle (which is less demanding than LT).  One of these guys will be available at the 27th pick.

So, I know the NFL Combine has yet to be held and it may be a little early to talk about who exactly to pick.  But, I say forget about a QB, RB, or speedy WR at the 15th pick.  Trade down and get a RT to build up the offensive line so that someone can run with the ball better and so that whoever is at QB can be protected better.  It is not sexy, but it may get the Fins to the playoffs.

Tags: Atlanta Falcons First Round Gabe Carimi Jeff Ireland Miami Dolphins NFL NFL Draft Tony Sparano Trade Down

  • KLCSDAD0912

    This makes a lot of sense, and I agree on the need for additional picks to improve multiple positions. That said, I would not be unhappy, as a Phins fan, to see the team look to make a big splash with a speed guy — a double-duty wideout or defensive back who would also be a threat as a kick returner. As you noted, however, that may be difficult at the 15th spot.

    • massanuttenref

      It might be possible to get a dual threat speed guy in the later rounds — e.g. Kerley from TCU.

  • whoknows

    The trade down will happen, they just have to get someone to bite!

  • dolfandave

    The most dismal part of the offense was QB

  • thomas loy

    Getting 3 additonal picks would be fantastic! I think drafting an OT to shore up the line is a great idea. Move
    incognito back to center, carey to guard and Miami has a great line.

  • massanuttenref

    Atlanta’s 1st, 2nd, and 4th for the Fins 15th is legit. The numbers come from the Official Trade Value Chart.

  • bigdaddyluke

    I love this idea. Then with the new Second Round pick we grab Ponder/Kapernacki. The third we grab Murry out of OK. 4th we pick up a Gaurd/tackle to compete with Jerry. 5th we get another RB and in the 6th we go WR/KR.
    I would also love to sign Brad Smith he is the exact player we need to break the offense wide open. He would be that Dynamic KR and that break away WR. He has the skill and he is a monster if we want to do some sort of trick play. We should also be able to get pretty good Value by trading away Channing Crowder, with a really weak ILB class we should be able to move him for at least a 4th rounder. I am also hoping we keep Solai he is a stud playing a very important position. Pay him so if he is a one year wonder we can not be killed on the books for ever but if he is the monster he became we will be solid for a long time to come. I would also like to pick up Marc Bulger to compete with Henne and Kapernacki and provide a solid year or 2 of veteran QB. He has the skills and if our line holds he can be a pro bowler again. Sorry about grammar and rambling.

  • Blake

    trade down and OUT of the first round, get Christian Ponder and Quinton Carter in the second then Orlando Franklin at OT in the third…. problems solved

    • thomas loy

      If Miami can trade out of the first round, DO IT! Miami has a number of needs and not enough picks!

  • DolfanPTY

    I really doubt Carey would work as a guard… I think he might be a little to big and slow to play guard and doubt he would be able to succesful pulling

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