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How the Dolphins Trades Affect the 2021 NFL Draft

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By Mitchell Wolfe March 26, 2021 0 Comment
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The Miami Dolphins’ trades shook up this NFL world on Friday. How do these trades affect the 2021 NFL Draft for the Dolphins and their partners?

As Friday began, it was already a busy day in the NFL world. Many pro days were occurring across the country, including Boston College, Virginia Tech, Michigan, and BYU. The majority of the NFL brass seemed to be in Provo to watch Zach Wilson, one of the top quarterbacks in the approaching 2021 NFL Draft. As Wilson impressed the numerous NFL personnel members there, a bombshell exploded:

The San Francisco 49ers traded multiple first-round picks to jump up to the third overall pick with the Miami Dolphins. As the dust settled, a few things became apparent:

The San Francisco 49ers are all in for a QB

This move all but assures that the Jimmy Garoppolo experiment in the Bay Area is over. A team doesn’t trade multiple first-round picks to jump up almost ten spots in the draft and take an offensive tackle (Penei Sewell) or tight end (Kyle Pitts). With the Jaguars and Jets almost assured to land quarterbacks, the Niners have now secured their position to take a quarterback as well.

At three, Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch will most likely choose between Justin Fields and Trey Lance. There is a healthy debate about which fits the Shanahan system more, but that’s for another time. Additionally, there are some in the media that believe the Niners could target Mac Jones at three. This idea doesn’t make much sense; why trade all that draft capital just to draft Jimmy G 2.0? Regardless, the Niners seem to believe they are a quarterback away, which makes sense, as they were in the Super Bowl only two years ago. Getting a young, dynamic quarterback could help them get back there.

The Miami Dolphins Are Set with Tua*

By trading down to twelve overall, the Miami Dolphins signaled that they are comfortable with Tua Tagovailoa as their starting quarterback for the long-term. It’s quite remarkable how much draft capital the Dolphins have amassed since 2019:

And all because Laremy Tunsil’s stepdad had a video of him smoking out a gas mask. Many were trying to decode who Miami would take at their lower draft spot. Nevertheless, the Dolphins are set to use these draft picks to build an elite team around Tua…unless…

But Wait! There’s More (Trades)!

As the NFL Media came to terms with the trade, the assumption became that Tua was entrenched as the Dolphins’ starting quarterback. But they were all of them deceived, for another trade was made:

Almost as soon as they traded back to the 12th overall pick, the Dolphins traded up to secure the sixth overall spot, swapping picks with the Philadelphia Eagles. In terms of how this affects the Dolphins, it would seem that their draft strategy remains the same: draft help for Tua. At the third pick, most projected an offensive weapon for Miami (Ja’Marr Chase, DeVonta Smith, Kyle Pitts, etc.). At six, the Dolphins should employ that same strategy; the only difference is that they have more first-round picks in the future. In just a few hours, Chris Grier completely turned the draft and the NFL offseason on its head, and the Dolphins are much better for it.

What Does the Dolphins’ Trade Mean for the Eagles?

Howie Roseman, the embattled Philadelphia Eagles’ general manager, needed to do something this offseason to reverse his fortunes. Aside from the swap of mid-round picks, the Eagles picked up a first-round pick next year, which is exceptionally important. If Jalen Hurts plays well this season, that pick will be essential for building a better team around him. If not, the Eagles could package that pick with their original one to trade up and find a new quarterback next year.

Returning to this year’s draft, this move should not affect the Eagles’ draft strategy that much. They need to rebuild their secondary and their receiving corps; there are multiple receivers (Smith, Jaylen Waddle) and cornerbacks (Patrick Surtain II, Caleb Farley, Jaycee Horn) that should be available at the 12th overall pick. This trade may have been the best move Howie Roseman has made in a very long time.

How the Dolphins’ Trades Affects the Rest of the Draft

Of the two trades, the first one has a much greater impact on the draft. With the first three picks ostensibly being quarterbacks, elite prospects at other positions will get pushed down the board. There’s still the very likely possibility that the Atlanta Falcons trade out of the fourth spot as well, perhaps with the Denver Broncos, who might be ready to move on from Drew Lock. That would take care of the consensus top four quarterbacks (Lawrence, Wilson, Fields, and Lance). There’s also the possibility that Mac Jones goes in the top ten, regardless of whether a team trades up to get him.

Regardless, this run on quarterbacks will push elite positional prospects like Penei Sewell, Kyle Pitts, Ja’Marr Chase, DeVonta Smith, and Rashawn Slater down the board. This helps teams picking in the top-15 that don’t need quarterbacks. For example, the Cincinnati Bengals are all but guaranteed to have their pick of the litter amongst the best non-quarterback prospects. In the end, these trades successfully upended how everyone thought this draft was going to go…and we’re all the better for it.

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I cover and write about the NFL, the NFL Draft, and the Pittsburgh Steelers. I am originally from Hershey, PA and was raised a Pittsburgh sports fan. I went to Boston College for undergrad and am currently finishing a Master's degree in Sports Business at Temple University, concentrating in Sport Analytics.

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