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How Dolphins Trade For Albert Affects Draft

The Miami Dolphins are talking contract with Kansas City Chief LT Branden Albert.  If they get a deal done, the Dolphins reportedly will send their second, second round pick, number 54 to the Chiefs.  Rarely is a trade in the NFL this simple.  A pick for a player.  Even Vontae’ Davis’ trade last year had a conditional pick attached.

So while we all hear “number 54″ there could be more to it.  However it’s not whatever else get’s hashed out that will have an impact on the draft but indeed the number 54 selection.  Using a 2nd round pick in a trade for a LT almost excludes Miami from trading up on draft day.

The Dolphins have been the center of trade up rumors for a few weeks now.  Targeting everyone from Luke Joeckel at number one to Dee Milliner, Eric Fisher, and Lane Johnson.  Trading up for a LT will not happen if Albert lands in Miami.  The Dolphins have zero need to move up on draft day.

Now some will point to the possibility of Dee Milliner or another player that does not play the offensive line.  In reality, the Dolphins would have to give up their remaining second round pick in order to move up and frankly, Jeff Ireland is not going to enter the draft with no day 2 selections and he is not likely going to attempt a trade back into round 2 VIA use of his 3rd rounders.

A trade for Albert will leave the Dolphins with two options.  Stay at number 12 and select the top player they have on the board or trade back and recoup the lost 2nd rounder spent in this trade.  For my money, I’d bet on the latter.  The Dolphins are in a solid position for multiple teams looking to add a WR, DE/OLB, or guard.

Miami could opt to move down a half dozen spots and still get one of the top players on their on the board.  The point is that even with a trade for Albert there are still options for the Dolphins.

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