The 2010 NFL Draft is ever approaching. The first round will air at 7:30 pm eastern time on Thursday night.
The Dolphins are coming off a busy off-season without the happenings of the Draft. The Dolphins have filled some major holes this off-season, since acquiring inside linebacker Karlos Dansby through free agency, and trading for wide receiver Brandon Marshall this past week.
Trading for Marshall cost the Dolphins their 2nd round pick both this year and next, but in the long run it was worth it.
The Dolphins may also be able to get a 2nd round pick back, by trading some of the players that interest other teams.
As well as trading for Marshall last week, the Dolphins traded away their disappointing receiver, Ted Ginn, for a 5th round pick, to the San Francisco 49ers.
Trading away Ginn may be just the beginning in a long line of trades this week.
Throughout the tenure of the Trifecta, one thing that they have liked to do is garner draft picks, and shake things up on draftday somewhat.
In 2008, they traded for Anthony Fasano, Jason Ferguson, and Akin Ayodele. This cost the Dolphins their 4th round pick, and caused both teams to switch their 6th round picks.
Last year, the Dolphins acquired an extra 2nd round pick from the Washington Redskins for Jason Taylor, only to sign Taylor to a new contract the next year.
With the Dolphins missing their 2nd round pick as of now, you can count on it that the Dolphins will try to get a 2nd round pick back at some point this week, before Friday, when the 2nd round starts.
The Dolphins have been rumored to be trying to get back into the 2nd round, either by trading back into the 1st round, down from #12, which is a strong possibility at this point, or by trading one of their players for a 2nd round pick.
The players that would most likely be traded in this scenario would be Ronnie Brown, and Tyler Thigpen.
Brown has been rumored to be drawing interest from the Detroit Lions, who hold the 34th pick.
In my mind, trading Brown for the 34th pick in the draft would be like acquiring a 1st for Brown.
Ever since the Dolphins traded for Marshall, the Dolphins have much more flexibility in the first couple of rounds. The most pressing needs for the Fins is now free safety, outside linebacker, and nose tackle.
It just so happens that the Dolphins can get a solid player at each of those positions all the way through the first three rounds.
This is why it is so crucial to the Dolphins draft to garner another 2nd round pick.
The Dolphins would like to trade back in the first round to do this, but if they cannot, they will immediately turn to trying to pull off a trade involving players.
Brown is the Dolphins only real piece of trade bait besides Thigpen. Thigpen may garner the Fins a 2nd round pick, but more likely to be a 3rd, after all, he is only a backup at this point. Brown would most likely get the Fins a 2nd round pick, and the Dolphins would take no less than that.
Here is a list of all of the players believed to be on the trade block currently on the Dolphins roster:
Player What Fins Want Likely To Get
Ronnie Brown 2nd Round 2nd-3rd Round
Tyler Thigpen 2nd-3rd Round 3rd RoundWh
Justin Smiley 3rd Round 4th-5th Round
As you can see, the Dolphins have the firepower to get a trade done, it’s just a matter of the other team willing to give the Dolphins what they want.
The case with Smiley is this. The Dolphins have announced that he is on his way out, and that they would like to trade him. This decreases his trade value immensely, and while the Dolphins would like to acquire a 3rd rounder for the starting left guard, they will most likely wind up with a 4th-5th round pick, as it says above.
Out of the three players mentioned above, the most likely to be traded is Brown.
As it just so happens, Ronnie’s jersey on the Dolphins site has decreased in price by $60! It went down from $80-$20. Coincidentally perhaps, the same thing happened during the time right up before Ginn was cast away to San Fran. The price of #19’s jersey went from $60-$15.
Why would the Dolphins place one of their best offensive players jersey on sale prior to the draft? I believe this hints even stronger at a trade, and multiple others do as well. The rumors having Ronnie move to Detroit only strengthen this philosophy.
As for the Dolphins trading down in the first round, some possible partners are the Philadelphia Eagles, who have two 2nd rounders after trading Donovan McNabb earlier this month, the Pittsburgh Steelers, who are looking at some of the prospects that would go in the 10-12 range, and Dallas Cowboys, who are eyeing Dez Bryant.
So there are three quality trade partners for you to ponder over the multiple scenarios if the Fins were to trade down in the first round.
If the Dolphins wish to fill all of their holes on the current roster, they will have to make at least one trade in the first couple of rounds to do so, and get themselves into the discussion as one of the contenders for the Super Bowl.
You just saw the possibilities of this, now hopefully you will see the results this coming weekend.