We have yet to see what Mike McDaniels philosophy will be when it comes to drafting, but we know the tendencies of his partner Chris Grier: he isn’t afraid to trade.
The sexy draft transaction is usually the one where your team moves up to select a better player than they were originally slotted to pick. But given that the Dolphins lack a true third round pick in this year’s draft, they may want to explore the possibility of moving down in (or out of) the first round and amassing more capital.
This would obviously be a draft night trade, and would happen when the Dolphins were on the clock. If there is a player that they feel will still be available at the top of the second round, then the Detroit Lions would be the perfect trade partner should the latter want to move up.
The Lions are in the middle of a rebuild, and will surely be using the draft to add all of the young talent that they can. They have a solid trove of picks in the first three rounds, and could use some of that ammunition to nab a prospect that they covet.
This trade would do the following for the Miami Dolphins: instead of having the 29th, 50th, and 100th overall selections, they would instead have the 34th, 50th, and 66th. And they’d throw in a 6th rounder in 2023 for good measure.