Dolphin trades shake up draft

By | March 26, 2021

Dolphin trades shake up draft … Goodness! You step out for a couple of hours to run some errands and make a medical appointment and all hell breaks loose! Well, the Miami Dolphins broke loose concluding two major deals at the top of the 2021 draft selection. First, the Dolphins sent the 3rd overall pick to San Francisco for the 12th pick, as well as the 49ers’ first-round picks in both 2022 and 2023. To complete the deal, the Dolphins also get a late 3rd rounder this year, #102 overall. But the Dolphins weren’t done. They then flipped the 6th and 12th picks with Philadelphia also getting one of the Dolphins’ 2022 first rounders as well as a 4th rounder (#123) this year, while Miami gets a 5th this year (#156). What’s it all mean. Well, by moving up all to the 3rd pick the 49ers are intent of taking one of this year’s top QB prospects, presumably either of Zack Wilson of BYU or Ohio State’s Justin Fields, which ever the NY Jets don’t take after Jacksonville selects Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence with the top pick overall. It probably also likely signals the end of the Jimmy Garropolo era in San Francisco likely making him an attractive tarde option for QB needy teams deeper in the draft like New England, Washington and Chicago. By moving back up to the 6th pick, the Dolphins probably hope to get either one of the top OL in this year’s draft, either Oregon OT Penei Sewell or Northwestern’s Rashawn Slater or one of the top WRs, either Ja’Marr Chase of LSU or Alabama’s DeVonta Smith or Jaylen Waddle, although one shouldn’t rule out Florida’s Kyle Pitts there either. Whatever, there’s a better than even chance that the Dolphins will get the same guy at #6 that they would have taken at #3, but also get some extra draft capital. And for the Eagles it probably means they won’t be taking a QB in this year’s opening round.