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Possible Draft Trade Partners For The Dolphins


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?

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  • henry

    Rams wont give up picks, Fisher never has been one to do that not that I rember. I could see Minnesota makin a move up cuz Speilman likes movin especially if they want Patterson or Allenbad enough. That would garner Miami another 2nd & 4th for their 21st pik and the possibility to still get Eifert at (everyones so called spot of value) . That 4th we gain from them would be the 5th pik in that rd to

  • jeremy161616

    I would not trade up for the life of me. There are so many complimentary players in this draft who can help the team later in the draft. As for trading down the same problem exists. Almost every team can find a capable player where they draft.

    I hope Ireland can find a trade down partner but doubt it. I also believe that Ireland can find a use for every single one of our 11 picks.I could easily find an ability to use 12.

  • Bill

    Love the trade down scenario. The only thing that concerns me is that, if we do trade up, we are giving up one (or several) talented players that are available to us in what purports to be a very deep draft talent-wise. I hope and pray that, if anything, we trade down and acquire even more picks. OT depth is tremendous this year, as is CB. I think we can address our needs by staying pat at #12, or even trading down to acquire even more top 100 picks. In summary, trade up is stupid. Trade down, if acquiring more top 100 picks, seems savvy. I like savvy …

  • http://www.facebook.com/masadurand Ram Durand

    Zero chance the Rams trade up for anyone in this draft. I also doubt they draft Austin even if he’s available.

  • Sherin Vegas

    Late round picks probably don’t make the team. So trade the last 6 picks to move up or just get extra top round picks. Example 6 late picks traded for 2 or 3 top picks. Of course need OL and defensive backs.

  • DolphinFan4Ever

    Henry Johnson II I like your thought. I did the calculations for the Minnesota trade and here what I came up with: We trade our 12th, 111st and 224st with the Vikings 25th, 52nd, and 83rd. Here are the values – Miami:12 = 1,200 points, 111 (4th round) = 72 points, 224 (2nd 7th round) = 3 points, total Miami 1,275 points, Vikings: 25 = 720 points, 52 (2nd round) = 380 points, 83 (3rd round) = 175 points, total Vikings 1,275 points. Now we have 3 – 2nd round and 3 third round picks. We have increased the number of picks to 7 in the first 100. I think we should be able to draft some good players with this set-up.

  • Miami Jules

    San Francisco could be an option because they have a lot of picks this year if I remember correctly. We could cede our 13 (1200) in exchange for both their 31 (600) and their 34 (560). This will allow us to draft Manelik Watson at 31 (hopefully he will still be there) and Margus Hunt at 34 and with our 42 still there we can still draft Jamar Taylor or Robert Alford should Taylor be gone by then as he may. We can then draft Ryan Swope at 54 who will go on to become our top WR and Tannehill’s favorite target, mark my words about Swope.

    • Miami Jules

      Typo. Meant to say our 12