“He is playing chess, not checkers” is a well-known expression in the NFL that highlights someone who has been doing their job at an exceptional level. For the Miami Dolphins, General Manager Chris Grier has been doing his job better than anyone in the entire league, especially after the sorcery he pulled off on Friday.
Grier had to have kicked back last night and enjoyed some smiles and evil laughter after what he accomplished for the Dolphins. First, Miami traded their No. 3 overall pick to the San Francisco 49ers for their No. 12 overall pick, their 2022 1st round pick, their 2023 1st round pick, and their 2022 3rd round pick. That is an incredible haul for the No. 3 overall pick, but Miami did have to drop out of the top 10.
However, before Dolphins Twitter could try to be mad about Grier’s elite trade back, Grier then traded the No. 12 pick he acquired from San Francisco, Miami’s 1st round pick in 2022, and Pick 123 to the Philadelphia Eagles for the No. 6 overall pick and pick 156.
I would expect that Grier has that creepy, evil laugh when a master plan comes together perfectly, though. This was just that, perfection. Some people will get caught up on Miami trading their 2022 1st round pick, but what Miami did was sneaky, and it was terrific.
By giving the 49ers the No. 3 overall pick, Miami almost guaranteed that the top three picks will be quarterbacks, which Miami doesn’t need. So, they essentially picked up a 2023 1st round pick, a better 2022 1st round pick (from the 49ers), and a 2022 3rd round pick to still be picking third in the draft.
Some fans have trouble comprehending the greatness and even missing out on the idea that Miami traded their 2022 1st, not San Francisco’s. The 49ers play in the toughest division in football and will do so with a rookie quarterback. Good luck.
Regardless, the deals are done, and Miami is picking at No. 6. Here are six options at pick six for the Dolphins in the 2021 NFL Draft. These six selections are in the order that Miami should take these players, starting with No. 6 and ending with Miami’s top choice with the sixth overall pick.