NFL Draft — Possible Trade-Down Partners for the Dolphins

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1).  San Diego Chargers — The Chargers are rumored to be very interested in J.J. Watt (DE — Wisconsin).  They have four picks in the second and third rounds.  It is possible that the Chargers could partner with the Dolphins again trading a first rounder (18th pick) and a third rounder (89th pick) to leap ahead of Jacksonville and New England.  Trade possibility is low – this is a small leap costing the Chargers a third rounder for a player not being rumored to be selected by either the Jags or Pats and may be off the board by the 15th pick anyway – the Dolphins are really looking for a second rounder.

2).  Tampa Bay Bucaneers — The Bucs are in the market for a DE.  Two prospects have their interest — Ryan Kerrigan (Purdue) and Cameron Jordan (California).  The Bucs may want to leap frog the Jags and Pats who are in the same market.  The trade with the Dolphins for the #15 pick would cost the Bucs a first rounder (20th pick), a third rounder (#84 pick), and a fifth rounder (132nd pick).  Trade possibility is low – the Bucs do not have many picks to play with lacking a 6th rounder – the Dolphins are really looking for a second rounder.

3).  Philadelphia Eagles – The Eagles are in the market for an OT.  It is possible that the Eagles would partner with the Dolphins to get the 15th pick leaping over the Giants, Chiefs, and Colts who are also looking for an OT.  The Eagles would get an opportunity to get a better choice of the top tier OTs.  The trade with the Dolphins for the #15 pick would likely cost the Eagles a first rounder (23rd pick), third rounder (85th pick), fourth rounder (103rd pick) and maybe even a fifth rounder (146th) … or … The Dolphins could trade their 15th pick and their fourth rounder (111th pick) for the Eagles first rounder (23rd pick) and second rounder (54th pick).  Trade probability is medium — the Eagles have a lot of picks to play with – the Dolphins could get the second rounder they covet, but at the expense of giving up their fourth rounder.

4).  New Orleans Saints — The Saints are in the market for a DE.  One prospect really has their interest — Cameron Jordan (California).  The Saints may want to leap frog the Bucs, Jags and Pats who are in the same market.  The trade with the Dolphins for the #15 pick would cost the Saints a first rounder (23rd pick) and two thirds rounders (72nd and 88th picks).  Trade possibility is low – the Saints do not have many picks to play with lacking 4th, 5th, and 6th rounders – the Dolphins are really looking for a second rounder.

5).  Atlanta Falcons — The Falcons (along with the Jags, Chargers, Bucs, and Saints) are in the market for a rush DE to improve their poor pass rush.  One prospect really has their interest — Ryan Kerrigan (Purdue).  The Falcons have had multiple interviews with Kerrigan and think he would be a good fit opposite of John Abraham.  They would have to leap past the Jags who many mocks have choosing Kerrigan.  The trade with the Dolphins for the #15 pick would cost the Falcons a first rounder (27th pick), a second rounder (59th pick), and a fourth rounder (123rd pick).  Trade possibility is high – the Falcons don’t have as many needs and get the guy they covet — the Dolphins get the second round pick they covet plus a fourth rounder.

6).  Chicago Bears — The Bears are in the market for an OT to help protect Jay Cutler.  The Bears gave up the most sacks in 2010.  It is possible that the Bears would partner with the Dolphins to get the 15th pick leaping over the Giants, Chiefs, Colts, and Eagles who are also looking for an OT.  The Bears would get an opportunity to get a better choice of the top tier OTs — like Carimi or Castonzo.  The trade with the Dolphins for the #15 pick would likely cost the Bears a first rounder (29th pick), second rounder (52nd pick) and a third rounder (93rd pick).  Trade probability is high — the Bears don’t have as many needs and they fill a desperate need – the Dolphins get the second round pick they covet plus a third rounder.

OKAY!  So, there you have it.  The latest I found on possible trade-down partners for the Dolphins.  Do you think the Phins will trade-down?  With whom? 

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  • thomas loy

    Its a great article. I am hoping Miami can trade down a couple of times. Once about 5 picks with San Diego or a team drafting from 18 – 22, and then into the late first round. Maybe New England will trade up for Ingram. And the draft is TONIGHT!!!

  • Kevin

    The Bucs DO have a 6th round pick (from KC)

  • onole1

    I think Tampa is a prime candidate. They have a lot of young talent and might be at a spot where they look for quality over quantity and from what I hear they really like JJ Watt. I could see them willing to move up in front of Jax and NE (who are rumored to like him as well) to get him.