Feb 26, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive end Dee Milliner catches a pass during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Who Do The Dolphins Draft If They Trade Up?


It’s getting down to the wire to the start of the NFL Draft. Like usual there’s been much speculation, hope, and dreams when it comes to potential draft prospects for the Miami Dolphins. Will the Dolphins go for an O-Lineman or Tight End? Or do they go defensive and grab a Cornerback or Defensive End?

Many names have been thrown around, as well as scenarios with the Dolphins trading up or down. But I want to talk about two prospects Miami could be looking to draft up for come draft day.

1. Dee Milliner(Cornerback-Alabama)- Dee Milliner is the top CB prospect coming up in the draft. Some people don’t think there’s enough difference in terms of skill level between Milliner and arguably the second best CB, Xavier Rhodes from Florida State, to warrant trading up in the first round for. I disagree. Milliner is an instant game changer for the Dolphins zone scheme. Rhodes has had problems with a zone scheme, but excels in a man-to-man situation. Unless the Dolphins could change Rhodes, or decide to change schemes, he’s not an ideal fit for Miami.

Milliner has NFL ready size being 6’0″ tall and weighing in at 201 lbs. In addition to size he has the speed and quickness to hang in with the fast receivers in the league. His combine 40 yard dash time was 4.37. He’s helped the Crimson Tide win back-to-back BCS National Championships, while having an outstanding Junior season where he recorded 22 pass breakups.

With the Dolphins in desperate need for some Cornerback help Milliner should definitely be on the Dolphins radar.

2. Lane Johnson(Offensive Tackle-Oklahoma)- In my opinion Lane Johnson is the third best OT in this years draft, behind Luke Joeckel from Texas A&M, and Eric Fisher from Central Michigan. Johnson is a former High School and Junior College Quarterback who transitioned into Tight End and Defensive End once he was a Sooner. His TE and DE stint didn’t last long before he made another transition, this time to OT.

Johnson is a big bodied, athletic OT who has good footwork and quickness to deny pass rushers the edge. He also does a good job using his hands and feet to keep some distance between him and the defender. The biggest downfall with Johnson is his lack of experience at the OT position. Another knock on him is his size, at 6’6″, can potentially hurt him from getting good leverage against experienced veteran defenders.

Many fans think the Dolphins should be drafting an O-Lineman after the departure of LT Jake Long, but I think there are way more pressing issues this Dolphins team needs to address before the OL. But I do believe Lane Johnson is on Jeff Ireland’s mind while preparing for the first round of the draft.

There’s no doubt either of these guys would instantly help the Miami Dolphins. But if I were Jeff Ireland I know who my pick would be if I were able to find a trade partner come draft day.

Who are two draft prospects you believe the Dolphins could potentially trade up for in the draft?

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  • Bill

    IF they trade up … which I hope they don’t … it should ONLY be to take Milliner. This draft is deep at OT. There seems to be a fair chance Milliner may drop to us at 12 anyway, based on some recent reports that indicate a shift in CB ratings, as well as increased interest in drafting lineman on each side of the ball ahead of us. We have five picks in the first 3 rounds. I truly hope we hold them and draft for need.

  • Rob H

    My guess is that the three tackles will go before Milliner. The Dolphins will attempt to see if anyone is willing to trade for the opportunity to get Johnson, and if that doesn’t work out, try for Milliner, then if that doesn’t work out, stay put at 12 and take the best player available, either Eifert or possibly Rhodes (although Ireland’s comments about DB needs seem to push against any idea that they would want Rhodes. — smokescreen?) As I don’t know much about any of these guys really, I personally would be happiest if we got Milliner, just because of all the gunslingers we are facing the first few weeks. Then get one of those tackle free agents or a decent tackle for the RT position in the 2nd/ 3rd round and put Martin in at LT.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matthew-J-Bailey/1055197089 Matthew J Bailey

    I wouldn’t mind if Miami paid a fairly high price for Fisher or Milliner (or Joeckel, if KC shocked everyone and went Fisher). I also wouldn’t be upset with paying a lessor price for Johnson. All those players would have immediate impact…with long term value as well.

    I liked the idea of Albert, but only for a 2-3 year deal at reasonable value. We could draft a 2nd/3rd guy to groom long term (unless the really believe Yeatman has that kind of upside). But it seems unlikely Albert is going to go for that…