Miami Dolphins draft: Four teams that could screw it all up for the Dolphins
By Brian Miller
The Miami Dolphins draft may see some wheeling and dealing but at some point, they need to make a selection. They may not get what they want.
Earlier this year, just before the start of free agency, Brian Flores channeled his inner Rolling Stones to let fans and media know that you “can’t always get what you want”. That led to a rather mundane free agency period. It wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t flashy.
Miami currently sits at six in next week’s draft but they may not stay there and even if they do, they may not get that player they may covet. After trading from three to 12 and then back to six, it is clear that the Dolphins may not have a singular player in mind. That being said, these four teams could completely ruin Miami’s plans on draft day.
Atlanta and Cincinnati: We will lump these two in together as one simply because they pick in front of Miami. If the Dolphins are hoping for Ja’Marr Chase or Kyle Pitts, both could be gone at four and five, immediately before the Dolphins pick. That would be consistent with the Dolphins’ luck. Once having the 3rd overall pick, Miami had their choice of any non-quarterback but now, they will have to wait for two other teams to make a deal or make a selection.
Las Vegas and New England: I lump these two in together as well. They both pick within range of the Dolphins’ 18th overall pick and I believe Miami is hoping beyond hope that Micah Parsons will fall to them at 18 but N.E. could take him at 15 and they go WR, the Raiders would make a lot of sense a couple of picks before.
I think those are the four teams that could mess with Miami’s draft plans but if Chase and Pitts are both gone when Miami is on the clock at six, I don’t see them sitting there and drafting DeVonta Smith or Jaylen Waddle. I see them trading back a few spots.
In this scenario, the Detroit Lions, I believe, could be the team that jumps in and takes a WR. They lost both Kenny Galloday and Marvin Jones, Jr. to free agency. The Lions have eight WRs on their roster and none of them are considered top game-changing receivers. Breshad Periman and Tyrell Williams are the best they have but Geronimo Allison and Victor Bolden have experience and could still develop.
I don’t see Carolina as a big threat but if the Dolphins do move back to nine in a trade with Denver, they will be left with whatever receiver Detroit opts to draft and I do believe that is the direction they may lean towards when they finally are on the clock.