There’s been a lot of talk about what the Miami Dolphins can pick up with the #12 overall pick in this years draft. Names like Xavier Rhodes, Jonathan Cooper, and Lane Johnson have been thrown around.
As of late, the idea of the Dolphins possibly trading up to solidify a big play maker for the Offensive Line, or trading down to get more picks and pick up Tight End Tyler Eifert, has been going around. So I want to look at at least one team the Dolphins could work with to trade up, and one they could trade down.
Trade Up: Cleveland Browns, 6th Overall Pick.
The Browns are in another rebuilding year. They were able to get two first round picks last year with picking up RB Trent Richardson, and QB Brandon Weeden. In the 2012 Supplemental Draft the Browns gave up their 2nd round pick for Baylor WR, Josh Gordon. So as it stands now the Brown have a 1st, 3rd, 4th, two 5th, a 6th, and 7th round picks.
With Miami having 5 picks in the first 3 rounds they have a lot of firepower to trade with. With the Browns having only 2 picks in the first 3 rounds, it is very possible the Browns could look to trade down to pick up a couple more draft picks. Trading down six spots with the Dolphins for swapping 1st round picks, and giving up one 2nd and a later round pick isn’t out of the question.
Do I think the trade will happen? No I don’t, but if the Browns are looking to gather more early round draft picks to help with rebuilding, it is a possibility they look at the Dolphins to gather those picks.
Trade Down: St. Louis Rams, 16th Overall Pick.
The Rams are starting the second year of the Jeff Fisher era and are setting good with two 1st round draft picks in the upcoming draft. They also have one pick in each remaining round(2-7). Many believe since the Rams lost slot WR, Danny Amendola, they will be looking for another slot WR to replace him. The top option for this spot is West Virginia WR, Tavon Austin.
If the Dolphins were to trade down I could not see them dropping down farther then possibly 18 or 19 with the Dallas Cowboys or New York Giants. The only reason I could see Miami drop down to even 16 with the Rams is if they are really wanting to get Tyler Eifert and gather another pick or two. As much as Miami needs another TE, there are more pressing issues the Dolphins need to figure out before taking a TE. However, with how deep the 2nd and 3rd rounds are looking, I can see Miami trade down and solidify the TE position and possibly pick up another 3rd round pick from the Rams and take care of the remaining positions in the 2nd and 3rd rounds.
Who do you see as viable options for the Dolphins to trade up or trade down with?