Miami Dolphins trading out of six depends on picks 4 and 5
By Brian Miller
The Miami Dolphins most certainly have at least three players at the top of their draft board or they wouldn’t have traded back to 6. With the draft now weeks away, they could make another trade if picks four and five don’t go their way.
The Atlanta Falcons and the fourth overall spot is when draftniks say this year’s draft really gets started. We know who is going to Jacksonville, have a pretty darn good idea of who is going to the Jets, and we know that the 49’ers are drafting a quarterback as well. What we don’t know is what Atlanta and Cincinnati are going to do.
Rumors have been running now for a week or so about the Falcons wanting to move out of the four spot. No one is talking about the Bengals trying to move out of five and with good reason. The Bengals are not taking a QB and more than likely want either Ja’Marr Chase or Penei Sewell, maybe Kyle Pitts. The same trio that Miami presumably is interested in.
But Atlanta. The Falcons could trade out, they could draft a quarterback, or they could take Pitts. The Dolphins could find themselves moving again depending on what the Falcons do. If they take Pitts, I would venture to guess that the Dolphins will be more willing to move down from six. Quarterback needs for many teams may see the Dolphins reap a bounty of selections depending on how far down they drop.
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Denver at nine, Chicago and Washington who both pick immediately after Miami at 18. Would Miami want to move that far down the draft board? Probably not but the haul of future draft picks would be incredible and the talent expected to be in the middle of round one is still very good.
The ideal trade partner would have been Carolina who selects at eight but they recently traded for Sam Darnold and are no longer in the market for a first-round QB. Denver may show interest if Trey Lance is still on the board at six just in case Carolina takes him as a precaution.
The Dolphins have shown the willingness to make a deal and other executives know they will move around if need be but it really will come down to which player the Dolphins covet more than anything else and whether or not they believe they can still get him by moving down or if he is already off the board.