In the first part of this series, we discussed the most basic draft day scenario for the Miami Dolphins - that they stay at pick 15 and make a selection. Today it's time to discuss draft day scenario number two - which is likely the scenario that this regime would prefer.
Trade down from pick 15 and re-acquire a 2nd round pick
Possibly more so than most NFL teams, this regime values draft picks. That's why it was so surprising to see the Dolphins surrender two second round picks in exchange for WR Brandon Marshall a year ago. GM Jeff Ireland did an excellent job in re-acquiring a second rounder last year, trading down from pick 12 to 28 and picking up the 40th overall pick in the process.
Everybody expects the Dolphins to attempt to trade down once again. But there has to be a team willing to move up to the 15th pick - and willing to give up a draft pick or two in the process. For the Dolphins, the best thing that could happen would be for one of the top defensive linemen to fall - which could entice a team in the 20s that has a need for a defensive lineman to move up and make a deal with the Dolphins.
If the Dolphins are ale to find a trade partner, move down into the 20s and re-acquire a 2nd round pick, they will have numerous directions in which they could go.
Some of the different routes the Dolphins could take if they trade down include:
Quarterback - There could be a number of guys available in the 20s if the Dolphins trade down - Ryan Mallett, Christian Ponder, Jake Locker, and Colin Kaepernick. And you can make a strong case for any of them as worthy of a late first round pick.
Running back - What if the Dolphins trade out of the 15th pick and Mark Ingram is still on the board in the late first? This could certainly happen. Would the Dolphins then pull the trigger?
Offensive line - Trading back might allow the Dolphins to select the best offensive lineman remaining on their board. Mike Pouncey could still be there. Perhaps Penn State's Stefen Wisniewski could tempt the Dolphins. Or maybe one of the offensive tackles who slip into the late first (Gabe Carimi, Nate Solder, Derek Sherrod) might be Miami's target.
It's simple, really. The Dolphins can turn one pick in the top 75 of the draft into two - hopefully filling two needs. It would provide this front office with more flexibility in the draft, too. With so many needs to fill and free agency indefinitely put on hold, the Dolphins need to acquire as much talent as possible. Trading down in round one (maybe even trading down again if possible) would be in the team's best interest.