We have heard A LOT about the Miami Dolphins desire to trade down in round one and regain the second round pick they traded away for Brandon Marshall. The question no one has an answer for is: Who will the Dolphins trade with? It’s very hard to guess as to which team would pull off such a trade because we won’t know until tomorrow night, which players are left on the board. If a player falls (i.e. Robert Quinn), a team with a later pick might make the move up the draft board to get him. Or, if there is a run on defensive lineman or offensive tackles, a team could move up in desperation to grab one. With the lack of free agency this offseason, teams across the league enter the draft with more holes to fill than ever.
In preparation for the Draft, Jeff Ireland has probably made a phone call (or 12) to various NFL teams to gauge their interest in trading up for the #15 pick in the draft. Before the Draft, many GMs will contact other teams and will set up the framework of a trade so that it can be finalized quickly on Draft night. Here are a few trade scenarios that could come down tomorrow night:
Indianapolis Colts – Trade their first (#22) and second (#21) for Dolphins first (#15) and sixth (#14)
The Colts have a glaring need at tackle and could look to move up if one of the top 2 are still left when the Dolphins are on the clock.
Chicago Bears - Trade their first (#29), second (#30), and a later pick (5th-7th round) for Dolphins first (#15)
The Bears offensive line was atrocious last year. If they have fallen in love with one of the tackles available or one of the interior players (Pouncey, Carimi), they could definitely look to move up.
Denver Broncos – Trade their 2 x second rounders (#4 and #14) and third rounder of 2012 for Dolphins first (#15)
The Broncos are rumored to be looking to draft a defensive player with the #2 pick. If they select Patrick Peterson with the #2 pick, they could look for D-line help if a player they love falls to #15.
New York Giants – Trade their first (#19) and third (#19) for Dolphins first (#15)
The Giants are looking to improve their running game and may be looking at one of the interior lineman we mentioned above (Carimi/Pouncey). Moving up to ensure that they get one of them could be their goal. The Dolphins wouldn’t regain their 2nd round pick, but would only drop back 4 spots in the 1st and would pick up a 3rd round to increase their draft pool.
Philadelphia Eagles – Trade their first (#21) and second (#22) for Dolphins first (#15)
The Eagles are always active on draft day, so we wouldn’t be surprised at all if they decided to move up in the first round to get the player they covet. They could target a linebacker or even an O-lineman.
These are our best guesses at who some viable trading partners will be for the Dolphins tomorrow night. We’ll know soon as the Draft begins in just over 24 hours!