Miami Dolphins among hottest NFL Draft rumors! Here is what’s going on
By Brian Miller
The Miami Dolphins are one of the hottest rumored teams as it relates to the NFL Draft right now and that isn’t going to stop until Thursday night. The draft will kick off this week and finally put an end to the speculation.
The question is what is going on around the NFL landscape as the draft approaches? Miami may be mentioned quite frequently but there are plenty of other teams that could be involved in a trade or at the very least in discussions about making one, or two.
Below we will look at the latest rumors that are circulating through the league with three days left before the clocks start ticking.
Trading up: There is some speculation that the Dolphins want to move up two spots to get Kyle Pitts. This has been trending up for a few days now but it is still in the “speculation” category. The Dolphins are also rumored to be interested in moving back as well as moving up from 18 and of course, moving back into round one for a third first-round pick.
The Dolphins are not going to be out of this talk until something is done. Miami does have options should they opt to stay at six and they have the draft capital to move up with Atlanta if that is what they want to do.
Xavien Howard still keeps getting mentioned as a draft-day trade but I wouldn’t bank on this one as anything more than some putting finances and cap space on the front burner. A trade of Howard would not do the Dolphins much good and the value of the picks probably wouldn’t warrant the deal. Despite having a small-cap number currently, there isn’t much speculation or rumors about Miami trading any player at this point.
Trading back: The Falcons have been open to trading out of the 4th spot but so far nothing has been done. This is likely due to not knowing what the 49ers will do at 3. If the 49ers draft Mac Jones, the Falcons should have more options to move back.
Finding a trade partner shouldn’t be difficult if that is what they want to do but Atlanta could be playing this to generate a more favorable trade. Atlanta reportedly is very “high” on Kyle Pitts and will draft him at four. That could be a ploy to get the Dolphins to make a move up. The Falcons could be bluffing about Pitts. They have a new HC and GM and could be targeting a QB at four to learn behind 36-year-old Matt Ryan. By dropping back two spots to six, they would probably still get the QB they covet.
There is also increasing chatter about the Falcons moving Julio Jones this off-season and maybe before or during the draft but it is unlikely that the Falcons would get what they want for him at 32 years old.
The Broncos have been rumored to be looking to jump up to six and last week the Broncos GM confirmed he spoke with Chris Grier. That led to speculation they were talking about moving up but he told Denver media that he has not discussed moving up with anyone. Does that mean Miami is trying to move up to 9? That is a big part of that rumor we mentioned above.
The Panthers reportedly wanted to move up but now the speculation is they want to move back and are willing to listen to trade offers. There isn’t much going on right now with this.
The Cowboys are rumored to be involved in everything every year but again, it is unlikely they do anything more than sit at 10 and wait for things to fall around them.
It’s been pretty quiet out of NE which is not surprising but there are some insiders who think they will try and move up for a QB.
Chicago and Washington
Both of these teams continue to be rumored to have interest in moving up for a QB but they would need to offer a tremendous amount to do so as they sit at 19 and 20 overall. They may be able to get to 9 or 10 and that would be expensive.