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Dolphins move around, still pick three on Draft's second day

Last night, the NFL completed rounds two and three of the 2013 NFL Draft. The Miami Dolphins entered the day with three draft picks on tap, and, despite multiple trades around the draft board, the Miami Dolphins still made three selections by the end of the night.

Gregory Shamus

The Miami Dolphins had a busy Friday night. Starting at 6:30pm ET yesterday evening, the NFL resumed the 2013 Draft with the second round. Miami entered the round with one pick, the 54th overall selection. And, in stark contrast to the fireworks that accompanied Miami's move up to the third overall pick during Thursday's first round, the Dolphins simply sat at 54 and made their pick.

That pick was Boise State cornerback Jamar Taylor. The Dolphins filled a need with a player Pro Football Weekly ranked as their third best corner, behind only Dee Milliner and Darius Slay. About Taylor, PFW wrote in their 2013 Draft Preview book:

Quick-footed, loose-hipped cornerback with desirable speed, corver skills, ball skills, and intangible makeup. Can play outside or inside, contribute as a rookie and become a solid No. 2 cornerback best-suited for off-man/zone coverage.

However, the simplicity of the pick does not mean Miami was not working trades. During the second round, it was announced that the rumored trade between Miami and the Cleveland Browns for Davone Bess had been completed. The move sent the Browns the receiver, as well as Miami's fourth round and seventh round picks, while Miami moved up in the fourth round by getting Cleveland's pick there, as well as landing an extra fifth round selection.

As the picks ticked by, and the rounds changed from the second to the third, Miami again quietly waited for their next pick. With the 77th overall pick, Miami took Tennessee offensive lineman Dallas Thomas. For the Volunteers, Thomas played left tackle throughout the 2010 and 2011 seasons before moving inside to left guard for the 2012 season.

Turning to PFW again, they write:

Moved inside from left tackle as a senior and looked more comfortable. Thomas is a well built, athletic positional blocker and has clear starter potential.

Finally, the Dolphins got active when it came to their final scheduled pick of the round. Miami traded out of the 82nd pick, giving way to the New Orleans Saints, who sent Miami the 104th and 106th overall picks, both at the start of the fourth round, which starts Saturday afternoon.

Added to the 109th pick the Dolphins got in the fourth round pick swap with the Browns, the Dolphins would briefly hold the seventh, ninth, and twelfth picks in the fourth round. However, the Dolphins weren't done trading yet.

A few minutes later, the Dolphins re-entered the third round, giving the Green Bay Packers the 109th, 146th, and 224th picks to move up to the 93rd overall selection. With that pick, Miami doubled up on cornerbacks, adding Utah State's Will Davis.

PFW rated Davis as the 10th best cornerback, ahead of players like Tyrann Mathieu (11th), David Amerson (14), Robert Alford (17th), and D.J. Hayden (19th). About Davis, PFW writes:

Adequate sized, finesse, man-cover corner with desirable competitiveness and ball skills. Arrow is pointing up and should contribute initially in sun-packages before developing into a No. 2.

In the first round on Thursday, the Dolphins selected defensive end Dion Jordan after trading up from the 12th pick to the third overall from the Oakland Raiders, paying for the movement with the 42nd pick.

In the end, the Dolphins still made three selections Friday, just as they were scheduled to do before the day's selections started.

The Dolphins are still holding the 104th and 106th picks in the fourth round, 164th and 166th picks in the fifth round, and 250th pick in the seventh round. The team will likely be looking at receiver with at least one of the fourth round picks. Tight end, running back, and kicker could also be on the table at some point throughout today.