September 10, 2011; State College, PA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Mark Barron (4) makes an interception during the third quarter action at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey G. Pittenger-US PRESSWIRE

Dolphin Draft: Thank You, Mark Barron

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The smoke around the 2012 NFL Draft is beginning to clear and one thing is for certain, Alabama Safety Mark Barron is doing what Ryan Tannehill could not, inflate the value of the Miami Dolphins‘ first round pick (8th overall).

Buffalo, who has the tenth pick, is said to be enamored with Barron and San Diego, Detroit, New England, and Green Bay want to trade up.  We already know Philadelphia would trade up for Mississippi State Defensive Lineman Fletcher Cox but let’s examine the Barron possibilities.

Detroit and Green Bay do not have the 2012 firepower but can offer future draft picks.  This is likely not enticing to GM Jeff Ireland or Owner Stephen Ross.  On the other hand, the Chargers and Patriots have the ammunition.

For the eighth selection, San Diego would have to offer their 2012 first round pick (No. 18) and their present second and third rounders as well.  The price could be even steeper.  At 18, the Phins would still be able to draft an impact pass rusher or offensive lineman.  After that, we would have two second rounders and three third rounders.  If Ireland can make the picks count, we could put this team in playoff contention very quickly.

New England is a far less likely trading partner, but the piece fits.  The Patriots have two first rounders (No. 27,31) and would have to give them both up, plus their 2012 second round selection to take the Phins’ first round pick.  The 31st overall pick, is a great spot for Oklahoma State Quarterback Brandon Weeden.

There is another option of course, drafting the once-in-a-generation safety, Mark Barron.

Good luck to the Phins!

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