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Picking Options For Miami In Next Weeks Draft

With in the past week or so there have been a handful of rumors swirling around the Miami Dolphins and what they will do on draft day. This article will lay out the options that have been presented to the public over the past few weeks.

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First we'll look at the picks Miami is currently set with.

Round 1, Pick 12:

Round 2, Pick 42:

Round 2, Pick 54:

Round 3, Pick 77:

Round 3, Pick 82:

Round 4, Pick 110:

Round 5, Pick 146:

Round 5, Pick 166:

Round 7, Pick 217:

Round 7, Pick 224:

Round 7, Pick 250:

Miami has 11 total picks this year, featuring 2+ picks in 4 different rounds. This is not only good because more players can be picked, but this also provides Miami ammo to trade up if they desire a specific player. The bad news is though that the top players at the positions the Dolphins may want probably won't be available if they sit tight at the 12th pick.

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The first scenario that has been presented was Miami trading up to get the player they want. Most are assuming it would be for an offensive tackle (Joeckel, Fisher, or Johnson). Regardless of who Miami wants they would have to most likely trade their first round pick, defiantly a second rounder this year, and maybe even another late pick this year or next year. Miami would still have plenty of picks if they decided to go this route, and if they don't feel like paying a veteran tackle big money they could be better off taking this route. The problem this causes for Miami would be losing that early 2nd round pick. With that pick Miami maybe able to pick up a great fringe first round player. If Miami decides to trade up this is what their picks may look like (Assuming they trade with the Browns and receive no pick compensation from the Browns)

Round 1, Pick 6:

Round 2, Pick 54

Round 3, Pick 77:

Round 3, Pick 82:

Round 4, Pick 110:

Round 5, Pick 146:

Round 5, Pick 166:

Round 7, Pick 217:

Round 7, Pick 224:

Round 7, Pick 250:

This option doesn't look too bad, but what happens if for some reason a surprise player falls to that 42nd pick Miami previously owned? Will Miami cut into their picks some more and trade up again? Is it worth it?

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The next possibility for Miami is trading down. There has been some talk about the Falcons or the 49ers wanting to trade up. The Falcons hold pick 30th and the 49ers hold 31st in round one, but the 49ers would hold the advantage here by having the 34th pick overall (2nd pick of the 2nd round). In order to trade up to 12 based on the draft pick value chart, the 49ers would have to trade any combination of picks equaling to 1,200 or higher to get Miami's interest. The easiest way for them to pull this off would be to trade their 31st pick, 34th pick, and their 128th pick which would equal 1,204 points. The 49ers would really have to love a player at 12 to make that trade. If this was offered to Jeff Ireland I don't see how he could refuse. This is how how Miami's picks would look.

Round 1, Pick 31:

Round 2, Pick 34:

Round 2, Pick 42:

Round 2, Pick 54:

Round 3, Pick 77:

Round 3, Pick 82:

Round 4, Pick 110:

Round 4, Pick 128:

Round 5, Pick 146:

Round 5, Pick 166:

Round 7, Pick 217:

Round 7, Pick 224:

Round 7, Pick 250:

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The prior situation would lead to this next scenario becoming more likely (and three teams would benefit), but this article is about separate scenarios. The Dolphins are looking for another tackle to pair with Jon Martin and the new headline for the Dolphins is that they are interested in trading for Kansas City's Brandon Albert. The Chiefs are rumored to want a high 2nd round pick for Albert, but if they want to shop him badly enough they may have to settle for a low 2nd or even a higher 3rd. This wouldn't be so bad if after Miami made the trade they would have to reach a long term agreement with Albert. If Miami didn't want to pay Jake Long 8 million plus why would they pay it to Albert? Sure he is a better scheme fit, but they could get a younger and cheaper option in the draft it may be an over all better option. Albert wouldn't be a bad option to plug in at left tackle. If Miami gives the Chiefs what they want, Miami's draft would probably resemble what their trade up draft looks like (at most it would be the later 2nd round pick instead of the earlier one).

Round 1, Pick 6:

Round 2, Pick 54

Round 3, Pick 77:

Round 3, Pick 82:

Round 4, Pick 110:

Round 5, Pick 146:

Round 5, Pick 166:

Round 7, Pick 217:

Round 7, Pick 224:

Round 7, Pick 250:

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In my personal opinion I would like the trade down draft. That would give Miami the option to trade back up higher in the first or stand with their picks and go nuts in the draft. That draft would also allow Miami to trade for Albert and still walk away with all of their original picks.

Here is my Dolphins mock for next weeks draft if Miami just keeps what they have now.

Round 1, Pick 12: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame - I haven't really been on the Eifert train until I stopped and though about how he could be used. With his size and ability, he is a prime red zone threat which Miami doesn't really have. He could be put inline, in the slot, or out wide to run the fade. If he could improve his blocking technique he could be a great NFL tight end.

Round 2, Pick 42: D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston - This maybe too hopeful for this pick, but Hayden is a great player. Hayden has good man and zone cover skills along with very physical play. Mike Mayock has him as his his top rated corner currently. If Hayden doesn't make it out of the first I would be ok with Jamar Taylor or Darius Slay at this pick as well.

Round 2, Pick 54: Alex Okafor, DE, Texas - Okafor won't be know for double digit sack seasons year after year, but he will be reliable setting the edge and providing pressure on the quarterback on 1st and 2nd down. He could be an every down end, but I believe Oliver Vernon will be seen as the other 3rd down end. On third down I could see Okafor moving inside to rush the passer.

Round 3, Pick 77: Dallas Thomas, OT/OG, Tennessee - Thomas was once a top of the 2nd round offensive lineman, but due to other players standing out he is falling into the third. It's not that Thomas is a bad player, it just that he hasn't distinguished himself from the rest and that he is kind of a tweener for offensive tackle and guard. Turns out the Dolphins could use both. He is pretty athletic and will fit well in the zone blocking scheme. If he moves to guard he could be one of the best pass blocking guards in the NFL due to his time at tackle at Tennessee.

Round 3, Pick 82: Le'Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State - I don't think Philbin is convinced Daniel Thomas can be the reliable big back to compliment to Lamar Miller. Bell is the thumper of this class and he would be a great compliment to Miller. I saw earlier today on Mocking The Draft that Bell was on their All-Overrated team for running backs. I was convinced he was flying under the radar, but that may be good for Miami. If not I would also be happy with Jonathan Franklin from UCLA with this pick.

Round 4, Pick 110: David Quessenburry, OT/OG, San Jose State - Another offensive lineman that fits the Dolphins zone blocking scheme very well and could probably play up and down the whole offensive line. Quessenburry probably won't play a ton his first season, but Incognito is on his contract year and may see the door like Long because he's from Sparano's time with the Dolphins.

Round 5, Pick 146: Mark Harrison, WR, Rutgers - 6'3" 231 lbs and runs a 4.37-4.44 40. He can take it to the house off of missed tackles, or he can beat you over the top. His size allows him to win the jump ball over corners and safeties. He's just a little raw and lacks focus at times. There is also this whole Combine hotel room, but the details aren't out yet. Here is my article on him on him that you can read here.

Round 5, Pick 166: Cameron Lawrence, OLB, Mississippi State - Lawrence is the best player you have never heard of. I wrote a player profile about him here. He is a tackling machine. He also plays the pass well both rushing the quarterback and dropping into coverage. He could be a steal in two years.

Round 7, Pick 217: Kayvon Webster, CB, UCF - Webster is a very physical corner, but he also has speed (4.41 40). He needs to refine his coverage skills, but will be able to do that behind Grimes, Hayden, Marshall, and Carroll. Will be a good depth pick.

Round 7, Pick 224: Quinn Sharp, K/P, Oklahoma State - Dan Carpenter may just need some competition to get him going, or he could lose his job to the major kicking threat from Oklahoma State. Sharp kicked field goals, punted, and kicked off the ball at Oklahoma State and could be a good kicking threat for the Dolphins.

Round 7, Pick 250: Ray Ray Armstrong, S, Miami - If you have read any of my prior draft posts before I'm a strong advocate for Armstrong in the 7th. Why not when he was potentially a 1st round pick at one point? He probably won't be the selection for Philbin, but he would add depth at safety, be a hometown guy, and maybe if Clemons doesn't stay next year he steps up and is a surprise.

Hope this post helps everyone open up to some of this years options!



This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of The Phinsider's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of The Phinsider writers or editors.

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