The Miami Dolphins don’t have a pattern for how they work the draft. Mike Tannenbaum does and if his history is any indication, it could be an interesting next three days.
Miami fans are used to seeing the Dolphins trade throughout the draft. Jeff Ireland jumped all over including up to number three for Dion…oh nevermind. Rick Spielman jumped up on spot and gave up a 4th for Vernon Carey. Dave Wannstedt at least traded the picks away before the draft even started.
Last year Tannenbaum traded back in round one but received Byron Maxwell and Kiko Alonso in return. Then drafted some guy named Tunsil. While with the Jets he moved up and gave up a lot to draft Mark Sanchez. His trading history is running just at or slightly above 50%.
So will the Dolphins move up or down tonight or tomorrow or Saturday? Down is likely more plausible given the fact Miami only has 7 draft picks and reportedly wants more. Since they don’t have a player on the roster that has generated any interest or has any real value they won’t be trading a player for picks. Oh Miami has valuable players but they won’t part with them. Jarvis Landry anyone?
The most obvious trade scenario is the 22nd overall pick that could be flipped for an additional 2nd, or 3rd, or 4th depending on how far they move down. Several teams could be in the market for moving back into round one. Of course as Tannenbaum has shown, he may just as well jump up in the draft to grab a player that he didn’t expect to fall.
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Tannenbaum will have final say but not exactly the only say. GM Chris Grier is also having a lot of input and head coach Adam Gase will as well. Grier told reporters today that they are stressing that they will stay true to their draft board. An indication that any selection made will be the best player available.
The good news for Miami is that they have plenty of holes to fill where a BPA would fit.
Wether the Dolphins trade or don’t trade will be dependant on the cost of moving up vs. the player they are targeting, the compensation for moving back vs. the players on the board when it’s their turn to select vs. the players that could be on the board when the compensation draft picks are on the clock.
So expect a wild three days.