On May 8, the NFL Draft will begin at 8:00 PM EST and the Houston Texans will be on the clock. As the first few picks are made, there may be some surprises and some players might start to fall. As more picks are made, a few more players may begin to fall. When that happens, who would be the player the Dolphins would be willing to move up in the draft for? Is there anyone worth moving up for?
In order to move up from the 19th pick to the top ten or in the early middle part of the round, the Dolphins would either likely have to give up a pick this year - perhaps a second rounder but if not, most definitely a third rounder. If it's a third rounder, the Dolphins would also need to include a pick next year or a player.
It's not cheap to move up unless the Dolphins are able to fleece a team like they did to the Oakland Raiders last year. Therefore, when moving up, you need to be sure that it's a player who can make an immediate impact and where everyone is on board with it. I mention that because there are mixed reports on whether Joe Philbin and other scouts agreed with Jeff Ireland when he moved up and selected Dion Jordan. One report says that everyone was on board but another report said that there were some, including Philbin, who did not want the pick. Everyone must be on the same page but with Hickey running the show, it doesn't seem as if that will be a problem.
So, who what players would be worth trading up for? Let's take a look.
As you can see, the list isn't very long. If you're asking why there are no tight ends or wide receivers on the list, it's because those two positions are quite deep. The drop off from the top rated prospect and the others isn't that much and if the Dolphins wanted to draft one of those positions, they can easily stay put at 19 or even consider trading down.
The NFL Draft is always an exciting and unpredictable event. There is not one person in the entire world right now who can predict how this year's NFL draft will unfold. Even minutes before the draft, no one will know. It won't be until teams starting picking players when draft boards start to settle in and players begin to fall...until that one team makes a trade and moves up, which then in turn throws everything into chaos once again.
With all that said, do I anticipate the Dolphins moving up in the first round? No. However, if one of these guys begin to fall towards picks 10-15, they should strongly consider a trade and grabbing one of these three top prospects who can start right away in the NFL.
Matthew Cannata is a columnist for The Phinsider. Be sure to follow him on Twitter: @PhinManiacs