According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Miami Dolphins are one of five teams selecting in the top 12 that have made calls regarding the possibility of trading down in the first round.
Many have speculated that the Dolphins could trade up into the top ten, targeting one of the elite tackle prospects or maybe even Alabama’s Dee Milliner.
But trading down has only been an afterthought.
However, if the Dolphins eventually strike a deal with the Chiefs for Branden Albert, their 54th overall selection in round two will likely become Kansas City’s.
Jeff Ireland may secretly be looking to recoup an extra second-round pick by trading back into the 20’s in round one.
But I only think it’s the right play if Tyler Eifert is off the board. Eifert, who was once considered a late first-round pick, is drawing some interest from teams selecting in the top ten and other teams willing to trade up in order to land him. I believe he is the Dolphins’ target with the 12th overall selection. But there is no guarantee he’s going to be there.
So what does Jeff Ireland do in a scenario that sees all three elite tackle prospects gone as expected, Dee Milliner off the board, Jonathan Cooper drafted in the 10 or 11 spot, and Tyler Eifert surprisingly selected in the top 10?
If a team has interest in moving up and selecting at 12, I think the Dolphins would be wise to trade down in this scenario. Because if they are unable to trade back, chances are Ireland will select a player that could be had later in the first.
Trade down, recoup an extra second-round pick you’re probably going to lose by trading for Albert, and draft a corner like Washington’s Desmond Trufant or Houston’s D.J. Hayden.
What do you guys think? Should the Dolphins trade down from the 12th pick?