The Miami Dolphins will not trade up in the draft. It’s not Jeff Ireland’s style and I’m OK with that. Too often, teams overpay to climb the draft ladder. They may trade down and I’m also fine with this unless Justin Blackmon, Morris Claiborne, or Michael Floyd are waiting after seven players have been chosen. Is this unrealistic? Let’s see.
Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, and OT Matt Kalil are the first three picks and then there’s Cleveland. Ideally, Cleveland picks Ryan Tannehill. The Dolfans that want Tannehill today are the ones that wanted Blaine Gabbert and Christian Ponder last year. He’s not the answer but, hopefully, some other GM thinks he is. A Dolphin smokescreen would help here. Blackmon should be the Browns’ choice but let’s say they choose Trent Richardson. At this point, the Buccaneers cannot pass on Claiborne, a rare CB talent.
The Rams are willing to trade down and there are a number of teams that have worse QB problems than the Dolphins. That’s right! Arizona chose to crown Kevin Kolb, last year’s Matt Flynn, except with more successful starts. Unfortunately for the Cardinals, six or so good starts are not enough to gauge QB talent. The New York Jets have one of the league’s worst starters in Mark Sanchez and the Browns can always trade back up. Arizona, New York, and Cleveland are teams that wish they had Matt Moore. It’s no surprise the Jets appear to be interested in Tim Tebow.
OK, Arizona moves up to the sixth spot to draft Tannehill. Jacksonville then chooses Quinton Coples and with the eighth pick in the 2012 NFL draft, the Miami Dolphins select Justin Blackmon! If in this scenario, the Buccaneers draft Blackmon, Morris Claiborne can be there for the Dolphins.
In most scenarios Michael Floyd will be available at the eighth spot. He is 6’2″, 220, and runs in the 4.4s. If Blackmon, Claiborne, or Floyd are not available, then trade down. Let’s get excited Dolphin fans! Or is it a foregone conclusion that we are drafting Riley Reiff?