Please let me explain before you think I'm crazy. Now I only think this is possible if the Rams lose their next 2 games to the Steelers and 49er's (Very possible) and the Colts beat the Jaguars (Possible).
The Rams have a lot of needs on their team, but the two biggest holes are at LT and at WR. With them sitting at the 1st pick, they're not going to take Andrew Luck, since they just invested over $50 million in Sam Bradford, who might have one of the worst set of WR's I've ever seen. They lost their starting WR's (Who are probably 3rd and 4th strings on other teams) before the season started and are now down to holding a fan lottery to see who can come down and catch passes for the game.
They could take Justin Blackmon or Matt Kalil, who are both projected to go in the top 4 or 5. But why would they settle for a WR or OT when they could pick up a whole draft and then some for a guy they don't even need? Wouldn't that bode well for their future, since they are definitely still in a rebuilding process? If I'm the Rams, I am trying to get the best deal possible for Andrew Luck and pick up somebody else a couple picks later.
11 years since the Dolphins have had an elite quarterback. We've been to the playoffs twice since then, only winning one. The Dolphins' fans have had to go through mediocre after mediocre season and get our hopes up every draft to only have them crushed.
Well with a new head coach coming in, he is going to need a quarterback. Steve Ross wants to sell tickets. Jeff Ireland wants to change the perception of everybody on him and save his job. What better way than to draft the highest rated QB since Peyton Manning? Andrew Luck has all the skills you need to be successful in this league.
They showed a segment on ESPN saying that 38 of the 45 superbowl winners had a top 10 defense. What about this year?
What does that tell you? Times are changing. You need to have an explosive offense to win in this league. Yes, having a good defense is important. But look at last year. We were ranked 6th in total defense, but still had the same record as our 2009 season, which had a 22nd ranked defense.
What about our offense the past 3 years? 2009: 17th, 2010: 21st, 2011: 21st. Consistent bottom half offense gets you consistent top half draft picks. This is why we need to do whatever it takes to get the best QB in this class.
What Should we Offer the Rams?
Now lets just say we finish with the 7th pick in the draft. Looking at ESPN's draft value chart, that has us at 1500 points. What is the first overall pick? 3000. So it would basically at least take two of our picks to make it an even trade. But with the Redskins and possibly other teams wanting Andrew Luck it's not going to be a fair trade, but remember Stephen Ross is willing to do anything to ensure he excites a fan base and starts putting money in his pockets. So with that being said I'm offering:
- 7th overall pick in 2012 draft (1500 points)
- 39th overall pick in 2012 draft (510 points)
- 71st overall pick in 2012 draft (235 points)
- First Round Pick in 2013 draft (~1000 points)
- Brandon Marshall, WR
That total would come out to about 3245 points and Brandon Marshall. Why did I include Marshall? First, the Rams need a WR. Why would they trade down all the way to 7th and lose out on Justin Blackmon, when they could trade with the Browns (who have 2 first round picks from the Julio Jones trade), move down 3 spots, and take Justin Blackmon with some extra picks. It doesn't make sense to them. So that's why we have to go all out and give Marshall.
Let me say that Brandon is one of my favorite players. I have his jersey. But he is in the top 3 in drops and it's getting frustrating seeing how many points he's leaving on the field. He is good for at least a couple drops a game and their usually key ones also. Not to mention he's getting paid 10 million a season, which has to be somewhere in the top 5 for wide receivers. He hasn't been a bust by any means. He's had two 1,000 yard seasons. But he has not been worth what he is being paid and if I can finally get a chance at a franchise QB than say adios to Brandon.
Strong WR Free Agent Class
With Brandon's contract gone and Soliai possibly not being signed the Dolphins would then have a lot more cap room to work with. I don't know the exact number, but since it was at $10 million in October this year I'm guessing it would be around $27 million, after Andrew Luck signs a 4 year, 22 million dollar contract like Cam Newton. Since Brandon is gone, wide receiver becomes a huge need. We could possibly get two elite upgrades at WR, but I think we get one and get an elite offensive lineman. Here are some of the options for 2012 at WR:
- Reggie Wayne, WR Colts, 33 years old. (Said last week "This could be my last game in Indianapolis")
- Vincent Jackson, WR Chargers, 28 years old
- Desean Jackson, WR Eagles, 25 years old
- Dwayne Bowe, WR Chiefs, 27 years old (born in Miami)
- Steve Johnson, WR Bills, 25 years old
- Brandon Lloyd, WR Rams, 30 years old
- Marques Colston, WR Saints, 28 years old
- Robert Meachem, WR Saints, 27 years old
The Dolphins have a plethora of options and could snag one elite WR like Vincent Jackson or Dwayne Bowe for top money or pay two good recievers like Brandon Lloyd and Robert Meachem and have a good 1-2 combo. The options are there, so the loss of Brandon doesn't seem as critical anymore.
This could be entirely possible if the Rams get the first overall pick in the 2012 draft, which also seems possible with the Colts beating the Texans on Thursday. We the fans get the QB that everyone is clamoring about and Ross and Ireland sell tickets and are seen as heroes in Miami. There would be a new found excitement for football in Miami and we would be nationally relevant again. And after showing you how important an elite offense is in today's NFL it has to be a no-brainer. Now I'm not sure if that will be what we would have to offer to go up to the first pick, since other teams will be offering crazy trades. But the Rams secure a top 10-15 WR they need and we get the QB we've been wishing for, plus cap room for other needs.