Chris Grier: Extra 2020 picks give us flexibility in everything

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The Dolphins used a 2020 fifth-round pick as part of the package they sent to Arizona for quarterback Josh Rosen during the second round of the 2019 draft, but giving up that pick didn’t do much to thin out the cupboard for next year in Miami.

The team still has 10 picks at their disposal, including multiple picks in the second, fourth, sixth and seventh rounds, with expected compensatory picks to come. That surplus fits with the notion that the Dolphins are looking at this year as the first stage in a rebuilding effort, but General Manager Chris Grier has a slightly different take.

He called the picks an “added bonus” while remaining adamant that the team is trying to win now. He also notes that all those picks give them a chance to move in a variety of directions once they know what they need to do heading into the 2020 season.

“Obviously, the more picks you have allows you flexibility in any year,” Grier said, via Albert Breer of SI.com. “If there are players you really like in the current class, you can go get those players now. Or you build towards the future, and keep building the right way. If you acquire picks here and there, it allows you to do things in the future. It creates a lot of opportunity to stay very flexible in your approach in terms of what you want to do in the draft, free agency, everything.”

There are no guarantees that the Dolphins will turn into a winner under Grier, but their approach this offseason leaves him in position to build the team he wants and it will be interesting to see how that takes shape.

22 responses to “Chris Grier: Extra 2020 picks give us flexibility in everything

  1. I wouldnt be suprised if the Dolphins picked up the last wild card spot this season. They were 7-9 last season with a worse lineup after all the injuries & drama which included a harder schedule is 2018 than 2019. Rosen has a chip on his shoulder two along with a Howitzer for an arm

  2. I kind of loved what they did with the Cardinals. “You want a second round pick? Ok hold on a second.”

    (Trades back to the LAST pick of the 2nd round and squeezes a second next year out of the deal).

    “Ok, yeah here’s a second rounder.”

  3. Loving the post-Tannenbaum world we live in today. I’m still picking up pieces of poop off my floor from the Suh deal he cut a few years ago…we’re still paying for that fiasco!
    Flores is a winner and this whole ‘tank for tua’ narrative is laughable.

  4. Feeling very optimistic. Still need to solidify the trenches. Offensive line needs some cornerstones. Tunsil is very good but he needs help. At least they aren’t throwing money at Band Aids. I am proud once again to be a Dolphins fan. Baby steps, not predicting the playoffs, just want progression.

  5. LOL those picks are for the next regime to decide what to do with. The current regime is dead already by trading for Rosen and letting Haskins slide. Dolfans are going to act shocked when Fitzmagic is the Day One starter. I won’t be, I’ve seen this movie before. FINS UP!

  6. They took a flyer on a former 10 ten pick, and many scouts said he had the best arm in that draft. Look the proof will be in the pudding…. We play Allen and Darnold 2x a year. Not to mention one of them has a terrible head coach, that can’t convert on 3rd downs. I believe our O-Line is going to shake out like this… Tunsil, Dieter, Kilgore, Davis, and Prince. If we can protect the QB, something we just couldn’t do under Gase’s system, we will be fine. Wilson, Grant, Stills, and Parker are viable, if they can stay healthy. Drake, Ballage, Cox, and Gaskins at RB. We have 10 TE on the roster is seems. The staff is from NE, so they believe in their core, that the ball needs to come out quick, which will help. We have Taylor, Godauex, Wilkins at DT, a good group of young LBs, and a solid secondary. The gaps on defense concerns me more than what we have on offense. We still need a few good edge rushers, and a CB opposite of Howard. Jones, McDonald, and Fitz can fight for the 2 safety spots. I don’t get how we are suddenly the worse team in the NFL….. Last season we suffered injuries that would crush any other team as well. Yet we still won 7 games, throw in a couple of meltdowns we could have had 9 wins. I’m not saying we are Superbowl bound, but the Dolphins isn’t the worse team in the league.

  7. The narrative was negative when the Packers Traded a 1st rounder for a QB Atlanta didn’t want, too much of a gunslinger, too many nights out on the town with a bottle of Jack in his hands. It worked out. My opinion is this has already been a three year purge, but the coaches and GM’s weren’t aligned, so Gase and Grier were getting “bad” out, but Gase couldn’t tell the difference between “bad” and manageable ego’s. I agree with the previous statement, finally ripping it down to the studs, not overpaying for garbage. It’s going to be a rougher one than we think, sitting through 2019, but hopefully it’s all worth it in the long run

  8. Seems like he has a plan and isn’t making moves to just make moves. If Rosen can’t win the job, he’s still a very affordable backup QB who can learn while holding the clipboard. The extra picks will make it easier to add depth and competition to the roster. Like all things, it may not work out but it won’t be for lack of a plan.

  9. ab420420 says:
    April 30, 2019 at 9:49 am

    LOL those picks are for the next regime to decide what to do with. The current regime is dead already by trading for Rosen and letting Haskins slide. Dolfans are going to act shocked when Fitzmagic is the Day One starter. I won’t be, I’ve seen this movie before. FINS UP!
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    They are not firing the current regime. If they lose all the games and get 1st pick it will be a good thing. And us real fans will not have a problem with Fitzpatrick starting if he wins the QB competition.

  10. ab420420 says:
    April 30, 2019 at 9:49 am
    LOL those picks are for the next regime to decide what to do with. The current regime is dead already by trading for Rosen and letting Haskins slide. Dolfans are going to act shocked when Fitzmagic is the Day One starter. I won’t be, I’ve seen this movie before. FINS UP!
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    Seriously? The next regime? Did you forget they gave Flores a 5 year guaranteed contract? Did you forget the presser where they said there will be patience?

    I’m not going to knock you for your opinion that Rosen sucks, because he could. I’m optimistic for what’s going to happen, because we haven’t seen this movie before. If you are this beaten down that you can’t see the positive side of what they are doing, you should take the next few plays off and come back after a few years away from the team.

  11. With those picks Grier should probably trade for a 2nd punter. We will need it. Rosen was average in college, terrible last year, and now he has a different uniform Dolphin fans expect him to be good. Terrible trade.

  12. I’m even more optimistic with McKenzie helping Grier now too. Griers picks have been pretty good Tunsil, Fitz, Grant etc. But I want more solid picks now we have 11 2020 picks (10 now) and we haven’t even traded away Reshad (dont wanna study cause im a probowler) Jones?!?! Wow. Keep it going. We’re finally not burning draft picks for idiot vets.

  13. That’s fine and they did what they had to do to get a potential QB of the future and managed to draft a possible starter at G, but that OL still needs a lot of help. The extra picks might help solidify the OL next year, but what do you expect this year?
    They probably should have used some of those picks to jump back into the 3rd round and get a RT. You’ll never know if Rosen is a true franchise QB if you can’t give him time to throw.

  14. Grier has 10 2020 picks in the Bank – with a possibility he gets 2 more with compensatory picks in 2020 for losing James & Wake to free agency.
    Looks like Grier knows what he’s doing & YES time will tell but things are definitely going in the right direction for now!

  15. vaphinfan says:
    April 30, 2019 at 11:07 am
    With those picks Grier should probably trade for a 2nd punter. We will need it. Rosen was average in college, terrible last year, and now he has a different uniform Dolphin fans expect him to be good. Terrible trade.
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    Yeah terrible trade for whom PFF rates the second best QB in the 18 & 19 drafts. If trolling is your aspiration, don’t quit your day job.

  16. If I’m Rosen… I’m coming in the locker room with a mash-up of all the naysayers, that say this team is void of talent, tanking for Tua, and etc…. Then stand up in the middle of the room and verbalize a few of those voices, focusing on himself first… Like how he has a terrible attitude and how he’s not worth a second round pick. Then point out a few more examples such as Charles Harris, and how everyone is calling him a bust, along with Devante Parker. Point out to Rashad Jones, how the media is saying he quit on his team…. Then hold up a briefcase filled with poker chips, and say “Here’s the chips and I’m taking x amount of chips for all the naysayers that doubt me and put them in his locker as a daily reminder of all the doubters” Then encourage his teammates to do the same. Sometimes motivation requires visuals, and sometimes its just mental

  17. I think we have done a really good job this off season. Just need time to put it all together.

  18. I feel so bad for the these self loathing Dolphin fans. Let’s say for a minute that Arizona didn’t trade up in the 2018 draft to select Rosen and instead Miami picked him at number 11, these same fans who are bashing him now would have been doing back flips in the streets for drafting a franchise QB. Fast forward to 2019 and these fans are now saying this is the worst deal in the history of pro football. What’s changed? Rosen played for the Cardinals last year…the Cardinals. Do I have to even explain what that means in terms of how well he did there? Believe it or not, Miami actually has a better team than Arizona. Miami was 7-9 with the 31st ranked offense and 29th ranked defense. With a better head coach and staff who can actually work with the players they have instead trying to force the bubble screen to work over and over (enjoy Jets fans!) or running the “wide open 9” defense and a franchise QB with a giant chip on his shoulder, Miami will surprise a lot of people and not be in a position to draft Tua.

  19. I think Chris Grier is doing a good job so far without Tannenbaum around jacking things up. The Rosen trade was on point, he was had for a bag of chips so even if he doesn’t work out to be a solid QB it’s ok. 2020 should be interesting with all those extra draft picks stashed away. Smart thing to do.

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