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Dolphins Told “Thanks But No Thanks” Asking the Bengals About the First Overall Pick

Tonight is finally the NFL Draft, and with it the likely new look for the Dolphins under center, as the team is looking to take a QB for the first time since Ryan Tannehill.

The Dolphins have been doing what they can to move up, as the team made a couple of calls to the AFC North’s Cincinnati Bengals about the first overall pick.

Adam Schefter of ESPN says that there has been more than one call to Cincy about the pick, which will be Joe Burrow of LSU.

The Dolphins called on more than one occasion over the past few weeks but were told by the Bengals that they are not trading the pick and will stay at No. 1, sources said.

Miami has an NFL-high three first-round picks — Nos. 5, 18 and 26 — and has been widely speculated as a possible candidate to trade up in the round. The Dolphins also have a league-high 14 total selections in this draft.

The Dolphins have shown interest in a number of potential first-round quarterbacks, including Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and Oregon’s Justin Herbert. Last week, Dolphins general manager Chris Grier said he has gotten to know Tagovailoa and Herbert through the draft process, calling them both “interesting kids.”

ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. predicted that Miami would select Tagovailoa at No. 5, defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw at No. 18 and offensive tackle Josh Jones at No. 26 in Kiper’s most recent mock draft, released Thursday morning.

The Bengals are expected to draft LSU quarterback Joe Burrow with the first pick Thursday. Sources told ESPN’s Dianna Russini on Wednesday that the Bengals want to wait until they are on the clock to make it official, giving Burrow that special moment when he gets the call from his new team.

For now, the Dolphins are going to have to go back to the drawing board to come up with the player they want in the first round of tonight’s draft.


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