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Report: Dolphins like Joeckel and Fisher much more than Johnson

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With two weeks to go before the NFL draft, rumors are easier to come by than solid news. And one of the most persistent rumors has been that the Dolphins want to trade up from the No. 12 overall pick to draft Oklahoma left tackle Lane Johnson.

But Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports that the Dolphins aren’t as high on Johnson as the folks perpetrating that rumor are suggesting.

In fact, Salguero reports that the Dolphins like Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel and Central Michigan left tackle Eric Fishermuch, much, much more than Johnson.” Salguero adds that the Dolphins have some concerns about Johnson as a left tackle.

If the Dolphins do want to trade up in the first round, they’re well positioned to do so: They own 11 draft picks, including five in the Top 82, thanks to receiving the Colts’ second-round pick for Vontae Davis and the Bears’ third-round pick for Brandon Marshall. They have the picks they’d need to move into the Top 10 if that’s what they want to do.

But if that’s what they’re doing, it probably won’t be for Johnson.

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25 Responses to “Report: Dolphins like Joeckel and Fisher much more than Johnson”
  1. dnelson21 says: Apr 11, 2013 1:51 PM

    Want Fisher? Jags will listen.

  2. donegoneham says: Apr 11, 2013 1:52 PM

    Them and every other draft pundit and team in the NFL.

  3. phinfan says: Apr 11, 2013 1:52 PM

    Because Luke Joeckel is Tannehills bud

  4. habsfanatic says: Apr 11, 2013 1:58 PM

    With all their needs, I bet the Jaguars and Raiders would beg to do a deal with Miami.

  5. raiderufan says: Apr 11, 2013 2:04 PM

    1. Joeckel
    2. Smith
    3. COME AND GET IT!!!!

    Get a second rounder and a first next year! Do it Big Reg!

  6. prideandpoise says: Apr 11, 2013 2:06 PM

    Miami will be one of many teams trying to get in the top 5.

    I’m sure Reggie McKenzie would be happy to oblige.

  7. flipola says: Apr 11, 2013 2:12 PM

    Maybe they could jump ahead of Arizona, to 6, but Philly may be looking hard at Fisher, so it looks like JAX or OAK.

  8. cjjones5656 says: Apr 11, 2013 2:13 PM

    I love what Ireland has done so far this off-season BUT…..IF we trade up for an OT then I will be upset. Sign Winston and move Martin to Left. If Ireland just HAS to have an elite LT then he shouldn’t have let Long walk…..3 Rd1 picks in 6 years on olineman is too much.

  9. gmen0820 says: Apr 11, 2013 2:15 PM

    Well it looks like Lane Johnson will be a Dolphin. Smoke screens people.

  10. theytukrjobs says: Apr 11, 2013 2:20 PM

    It seems that every “expert” out there believes that this draft is less top heavy than most. That a 20th pick this year isn’t as different than a 10th pick as you would see most years.

    If that is the case, I would think teams could trade up at less cost, or simply not trade up at all. We’ll see.

  11. lionsdraftguy says: Apr 11, 2013 2:23 PM

    Trade with Detroit!

  12. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Apr 11, 2013 2:25 PM

    Come on Jeff…give Reggie a call and make it happen!

  13. godofwine330 says: Apr 11, 2013 2:27 PM

    Trade with Cleveland and let us still get Chance Warmack and I will be happy. We need a mauler at guard, not the wussycats we currently have.

  14. kenstabler says: Apr 11, 2013 2:37 PM

    I think the raiders are in the perfect spot to trade down. With the rookie wage cap, it is not going to be so damaging money wise to move into the top 3. The raiders only have 7 picks, no second and no 5th. I would actually like to see Reggie trade down twice in the first round if possible. Come on fins, call Reggie at 1-800-call-regg on draft day.

  15. stonedolphin89 says: Apr 11, 2013 2:38 PM

    I don’t see a huge need to trade up for any OT in this draft. In my eyes, if you want Jockel then Kansas City is the team to talk to. Otherwise they’ll be taking him. And trading up for an OT? I know it’s a need, but it has mistake written all over it. Going all in on a need is dangerous business, especially when there will be a lot of talented players that can really help our team IMMEDIATELY at 12.

    And let’s not forget, Salguero is notorious for being very “front office” friendly. More than likely he’s just adding to the smokescreen that Miami loves Lane Johnson. Reader beware.

  16. thestrategyexpert says: Apr 11, 2013 2:47 PM

    This is exactly what Detroit needs, let’s make a deal!

  17. cuda1234 says: Apr 11, 2013 2:57 PM

    Why do people keep talking about Miami and left tackles after they drafted Jonathan Martin last year? If anything, the ‘Fins need a RT and some guards. LT looks set for years to come.

  18. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Apr 11, 2013 2:58 PM

    I can see why they like those two guys but they are not going to fall to #12. Lane Johnson may be there at #12. WOuld the Dolphins trade up to get one of them? Fisher may be worth a trade up.

  19. cuda1234 says: Apr 11, 2013 2:59 PM

    And I agree with CJ that Eric Winston seems like a good fit for the ‘Fins. He’s a proven RT and played his college ball at UM. Why not?

  20. falcons999 says: Apr 11, 2013 3:11 PM

    After reading him for years I have become convinced that Armando has little access to the highest levels of the organization. Ireland is a Parcellian….he keeps very, very quiet.

    At best, he will give up his first and Indy’s second pick to move up (dream on if you think he is including next year’s first) but I really doubt he will. Armstead or Long will be there in the second round.

  21. bigdinla says: Apr 11, 2013 3:12 PM

    @cuda,

    Everyone keeps talking about a LT because Martin isn’t good enough. Dude was manhandled all year at RT. Lane Johnson is overrated so I expect somebody to trade up for him and be stuck with this years Jason Smith.

  22. dccowboy says: Apr 11, 2013 4:31 PM

    Oh, I think it’s much, much, much, much more, or maybe its just much, much more.

  23. dccowboy says: Apr 11, 2013 4:32 PM

    falcons999

    Let’s hope for the Dolphins sake that Ireland drafts better than Parcells.

  24. laserrocketarm12 says: Apr 11, 2013 5:06 PM

    If the Raiders strike a deal, and get the Dolphins first and a second picks, everyone would be a winner.

    Have to believe at least Jarvis Jones, Bjorn Werner, Chance Warmack, Jon Cooper or Manti Te’o will still available when the Raiders are on the clock.

  25. lks311 says: Apr 11, 2013 5:15 PM

    Are seriously buying what any team is saying two weeks before the draft? I mean, seriously?

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