As the dust settles from the bold play by Jeff Ireland to trade up for Dion Jordan in last night’s first round – potentially the biggest steal of the draft – realization sets in that there is still unfinished business.
The Dolphins enter day two of the draft with two picks remaining tonight; one in the second and two in the third. Some speculated that it would cost the Dolphins one of their seconds and both of their thirds to move up to the third overall pick like they did last night. But only giving up the 42nd overall selection gives the Dolphins plenty of flexibility and three picks to load up on talent in a deep draft class.
Two pressing needs remain at left tackle and cornerback. And two potential trades are in the works. If the Dolphins are going to strike a deal with the Chiefs for Branden Albert, it is going to happen today. Also, keep an eye on the Davone Bess situation with the Dolphins looking to acquire a mid-round pick for his services. It should be another fascinating day.
Round 2, pick 54: Many expect the Dolphins to ship this pick to Kansas City for Branden Albert. I’ve maintained that Miami shouldn’t offer anything more than one of their thirds. The Chiefs simply have no leverage after already selecting Eric Fisher 1st overall. They can’t pay Albert $9 this season to be Fisher’s backup or play right tackle.
Ireland should play hardball with Kansas City, offer a third, and save this pick on a promising corner. Boise State’s Jamar Taylor would be an excellent pick. But he may be off the board giving Ireland corners like Robert Alford, Blidi Wreh-Wilson, David Amerson, Jordan Poyer and Darius Slay to choose from.
If the Chiefs simply won’t budge, don’t rule out drafting a tackle here. Menelik Watson is the top offensive tackle on the board. Chances are he’ll be gone, though. Terron Armstead is an athletic option the Dolphins could roll with.
Jeff Ireland could have another surprise up his sleeve with this pick. A tight end like Cincinati’s Travis Kelce would be enticing.
Don’t sleep on Miami drafting a running back on day two either. I have doubts it will be in the second round, but if Eddie Lacy continues to fall you have to think he would be considered. Giovani Bernard and Montee Ball are two more quality backs.
Round 3, picks 77 and 82: One of these picks would be a perfect spot for a Branden Albert trade, in my opinion. But if the Chiefs continue to stay greedy and are comfortable playing with fire, the Dolphins will have plenty of interesting options with these two selections.
One of the cornerbacks mentioned above could still be available and would be a great get. It may be too late to find a starting tackle here, though. If the Dolphins don’t draft one in the second and never agree to a trade with the Chiefs, signing Eric Winston and plugging Jonathan Martin in at left tackle could be plan B. If the Dolphins draft an offensive lineman in the third round I expect him to be a guard.
At running back, Texas A&M’s Christine Michael and Michigan State’s Le’Veon Bell could come into play in round three. And if the Dolphins are going to draft a receiver to potentially replace the likely soon-to-be traded Davone Bess, Ryan Swope from Texas A&M will be on their radar. West Virginia’s Stedman Bailey could also still be on the board.
Drafting a safety would be my sleeper pick here. The Dolphins are high on Florida’s Josh Evans, but he could easily be had later on.
How do you all expect the second and third rounds to play out for the Dolphins? Discuss all things day two in the comments.