Branden Albert is a solid left tackle who has 5 years of playing experience with the Kansas City Chiefs. The former first round draft pick was franchised this off-season for a little over $9 million. It makes too much sense to trade for Albert, if the price is a second round pick. Here are a few reasons I say Jeff Ireland needs to get this deal done.
(1) Left Tackle needs to be addressed. One of the most important positions in the NFL, it is necessary to have a productive player in that position.
(2) If the Dolphins decide to trade up to land one of the three featured left tackles in the draft, it will cost them their first round pick AND a second round pick. ( Only plus for doing this would be the price of the rookie left tackle) Doing this obviously comes with a lot of risk. An unproven rookie can potentially be a bust, no matter how good they were in college or at the combine. Albert is proven in this league, and is in the prime of his career at 28 years old.
(3) If the Dolphins decide to trade for Albert, giving up a second round pick, they would still have their first round pick to pickup another potential starter, or trade down and replace the the pick they lost in trading for Albert. Think about it, at the number 12 pick in the draft, unless someone drops and is a must take, there are a few teams looking to move up, and the Dolphins could then move to the back end of the first round, while picking up another second pick, and have their left tackle spot secured.
The only downside I see in trading for Albert is if it becomes a money issue. However, the Dolphins still have cap room, with more coming in June when Dansby and Burnett come off the books. I am confident, considering how promising this move would be, that the Dolphins staff should be able to get a deal done that works for both sides.