As fans of the Miami Dolphins, we’re almost programmed to feel like our team will never make the big play or make the big move to get the player they need. Well, take a second Dolphins fans and imagine the following scenario: The Colts win this week against the Jaguars and the Rams lose to the 49ers, giving the Rams the 1st pick in the Draft. Imagine then, on draft day when the Rams are on the clock, no one having any clue about what they are going to do with the pick (Draft Andrew Luck and trade Sam Bradford, etc)….Mel Kiper and Chris Berman are arguing about what the Rams should do…Berman thinks they should trade the pick to the Dolphins or Redskins and build around Bradford…Kiper thinks they should draft Luck and trade Bradford to the highest bidder, Washington.
Then, the commissioner comes up to the podium and says “We have a trade between the St. Louis Rams and the Miami Dolphins” and “With the 1st pick in the 2012, NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins select Andrew Luck, QB Stanford”. Dolphins fans from everywhere erupt in celebration like the Monkees’ are getting back together. We find out seconds later from Adam Schefter that the Dolphins surrendered their 2012 1st and 2nd round picks, 2013 1st round pick, and 2014 1st round pick to move up to select Andrew Luck. Dolphins fans laugh it off and say that they would’ve traded Don Shula’s Steakhouse, their left arm, and their Ray Finkel shrine as well!
To those of us Dolphins fans that aren’t Heat fans, we can’t imagine what that moment would be like. I mean, if the Dolphins actually found a way to get their hands on the best QB prospect since Peyton Manning, it would be almost as good as actually winning a playoff game, right? Pure, unadulterated joy. Heat fans know this feeling, they felt it in early July of 2010 when LeBron James famously announced he was bringing his talents to South Beach. THAT is the feeling I want to have on draft day. THAT is what this Dolphins franchise needs. THAT is what will help Stephen Ross sell his precious tickets. THAT is what will excite the Dolphins fan base and make them more than a blip on the national radar. THAT is what can take this franchise to the next level.
Now, if the Rams don’t end up with the #1 pick, it’s likely that the Colts will end up drafting Luck and trading or releasing Peyton Manning. Would I be happy if a healthy Peyton Manning ended up in Miami? Absolutely. Would I also be happy if the Dolphins ended up trading up in the draft to select RG3? Absolutely. If I had to rank them I’d take Luck, then RG3, then Manning. If there is anyway the Dolphins could acquire one of the QBs for 2012, they will be in a better position than they are in right now. Make no mistake about it, I’m impressed with what I’ve seen from Matt Moore this season. But his numbers in the 4th quarter of games are underwhelming. His QB rating in the 4th quarter is 61.6, which is obviously not good enough. For a moment though, imagine what it would feel like if the Dolphins made a move to get a guy who can bring something the Dolphins fans don’t have a lot of right now….Hope.