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Dolphins Trade Up For Billy Turner


The Miami Dolphins were quite busy late in round two and early round three when they traded up with the Oakland Raiders for pick three in the third round.  With that pick the Dolphins opted to take offensive tackle Billy Turner of North Dakota State.

A big tackle, Turner will be considered a reach this early in the draft.  He has a solid base and holds his frame well but will likely find himself sitting most of the season as the Dolphins now have two tackles drafted in this draft.  Ja’Wuan James went number one for the team.

To get Turner, the Dolphins traded the 116th pick in round four, their original 4th rounder.  They still have the 25th pick in the round through a trade they made in round two moving back.  It’s obvious the Dolphins are concentrating on fixing the offensive line.  Turner is a raw talent who could eventually develop into a solid lineman.  Way too early for a prospect at the top of the 3rd round.

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  • Johnny

    Dolphins have reached for every player.. And now?? They trade up to reach!! lol

    • Johnny

      They now have the 10th and 12th best OTs in the draft..

      • Miami Jules (Julian)

        Actually my very knowledgeable friend (I actually respect your football intellect a lot as you know), I have to disagree this time, but depending on whose ranking you read, James was ranked as a # 6 overall OT or # 1 at RT, but certainly not 10… maybe earlier on, before the SR Bowl he might’ve been, but he kept climbing up in most rankings, and the closer we got to the draft, the more James moved up and eventually into the late 1st round/early 2nd. Now our OL is better today in my ever-so humble-opinion…one more note: Dolphins liked what they saw from Turner after their interview with him which was known to be true. Am I totally wowed by this draft? I suppose it’s more like a sigh of relive as I was pleasantly surprised for a change after years of disappointment… the proof that will vindicate or incriminate all of our opinions will be found during the season, until then, we’ll just have to go with our own perspectives.

    • Johnny

      FIRE HICKEY!!!! Could have got RB Carlos Hyde 2 times… They reach in the first round and 3rd round (while wasting a 4th round pick)…
      Best pick was WR Landry.. Who we don’t need and another short 5’11 WR for RT17…. But he’s scrappy and I like that..

    • Johnny

      FIRE HICKEY!!!! I’ll buy the billboard myself.. lol

  • Pentax Shooter

    This has not been an impressive drafting effort… :-(

    • LostSok

      No, it has not. It has merely been effective. Our line is rebuilt, and we have an additional offensive weapon.

      • Pentax Shooter

        Taking 3rd round talent in the first round? Alrighty, then…

        Just because the OL need has been addressed does not mean it’s been rebuilt.

        • Miami Jules (Julian)

          Pentax, I’m on the opposite side of this one this time I’m afraid… James had trended up to the lower 1st, upper 2nd fringes… better to get the guy than to lose him because we didn’t get him on sale… it’s like buying plywood when a hurricane is approaching… you’re not likely to find it on sale.

          • Pentax Shooter

            You might be right, Jules – I only go by what various draftniks say, I’m certainly not plugged-in – but I think there may have been an opportunity for the Fins to trade down and pick up an additional mid-round pick or two, and still nab JJ. That kind of attention to detail – rather than simply being satisfied with “we got our man” – is part of what makes great drafts. I’m going to backtrack on my original statement a bit, though, because I think Hickey did better on his mid-to-late picks.

          • Miami Jules (Julian)

            Pentax… there was a time during this draft when I was asking myself rhetorically… “are they planning to trade themselves out of the draft and into next year’s?” Fortunately, that wasn’t the case, and on this gently overcast Sunday, I find myself satisfied and even somewhat excited about the last 3days and eagerly waiting for training camp.

  • Johnny

    They basically reacted with this pick.. They seen T Moses go, then traded up because they were afraid… For a developmental Tackle with a 4th to 5th round grade… Ridulous !!

    • David Thompson

      Guard. It’s where we have the need, where he fits best and where the kid wants to play.

  • tpl

    It’s a good draft. Miami has two offensive lineman to help on the o line, and a wr. Landry is slow, but perhaps his route running and catching ability Will make the difference.

    • Miami Jules (Julian)

      I didn’t get everything that happened with the trading up and down… I love Ja’Wuan and much rather nail him at a marginal extra cost, than have risked losing him because “he wasn’t on sale when we were ready to buy”. I am for one, very glad we got him… there’s a price to pay for minimizing one’s risk, and in this case, in the wake of a 58 sack season, it was a price we just couldn’t afford not to pay.

  • LostSok

    Day 3 Dream Draft:

    4. Shayne Skov, ILB

    5a. Keith McGill, Bashaud Breeland or Pierre Desir, CB

    5b. Lache Seastrunk, RB

    6. Caraun Reid, DT

    7. Marqueston Huff, FS

  • J holobinko

    My prediction is philbin will be gone by 6th game! Hickey and tannehill end of the year!

    • Pentax Shooter

      Your prediction is already wrong, and the season hasn’t even started yet.

  • DragonFly34

    I heard that Saturday Night Live has calls into Hickey to appear on their show,,,SNL says they haven’t got so many laughs at Hickey since Belushi was there. I like pick #19, but whats this trade dance that Hickey started? Trade down three times to trade back up to take Landry and Turner ??? “One step forward, then two steps back” then doe-si-doe, WTF.