Dolphins G.M. has “more than enough” to move up in draft

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The Dolphins made their own lives harder last season, by exceeding expectations to win five games. That means that instead of having the top pick and their choice of any quarterback, they’re in the fifth spot.

For now.

Via Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald, Dolphins General Manager Chris Grier said the team had “more than enough” draft currency to move up in the order if they need to.

The Dolphins have two extra first rounders (the 18th and 26th overall picks) from shipping Minkah Fitzpatrick to Pittsburgh and Laremy Tunsil to Houston, and extra second from the Saints.

Ostensibly, that would enable them to make a deal to move up if they wanted. And it appears that owner Stephen Ross is interested in such a move.

While there have been mixed reports about the Bengals’ willingness to consider anything other taking than LSU quarterback Joe Burrow with the first pick, Grier pointed out one of the great truths of the offseason, saying there was “a lot of misinformation” being circulated by teams this time of year, in hopes of maximizing their own interests.

But whether they move up or not, Grier made it clear the Dolphins are very much in the market for a quarterback, despite saying they wanted to bring back Ryan Fitzpatrick (who was good enough to complicate their draft plans).

“We’d like to find the right guy to be the quarterback,” Grier said. “You see how important it is around the league. So I wouldn’t just say it’s Steve. It’s Brian [Flores]. Myself. Coaching staff. Scouts. We think it’s important that we find the right guy, and the leader, to be the quarterback here for a long time.”

And if that means using more than one of those hoarded picks to acquire him, that sounds like something Grier is willing to do.

31 responses to “Dolphins G.M. has “more than enough” to move up in draft

  1. Perhaps 3 first round picks in this years draft and 2 first round picks in the 2021 draft can get Cincinnati to give up Burrows.

  2. The problem is this is the same front office who gave up 2nd & 5th round picks for John Rosen and has made prior personal blunders.

    Again it is not WHERE you pick, it is WHO you pick, until the Dolphins find the right front office personal, they will tank year after year.

  3. If Grier gives up any picks to get A QB with a dislocated hip and a fractured pelvic he would need to get his head examined. Tua has now become a 2nd round pick if that. How long do you think it would be before a dislocated hip and a fractured pelvic become a problem for Tua if he becomes an NFL starter?

  4. If Cincinnati trades away the #1 pick they might as well move to London.

  5. It would be an awful short-sighted move by the bengals. A franchise qb doesn’t show up that often, and it sure looks like burrows will be one. They have already dissed Dalton enough, who will they use this year?

  6. Thanks a lot Flores… all you had to do was tank a few games and the Dolphins would have had the first pick.

  7. Josh Roseen had a 1st round grade. If you have no QB, then isn’t it worth the risk giving up a mid 2nd round pick for him?
    If it worked out (say a 10% chnace) then you have a franchise QB.
    If not, you still have a 1st round pick for a QB the following year.
    It would have been foolish not to make that gtrade, given that the team had no QB.

    >>MortimerInMiami says:
    January 23, 2020 at 7:24 am
    The problem is this is the same front office who gave up 2nd & 5th round picks for John Rosen and has made prior personal blunders.

  8. Quinn and Patricia probably don’t have the guts to give up #3. If they do, they don’t have the smarts to pick BPA at #5 and #18.

  9. One man’s opinion: swap firsts, take the two other firsts and Fitzpatrick. Now they would have a chance to build a team. And, Fitzpatrick coming back to Cin would be a big help. You then have a back-up, coach and friend working together. Putting all the weight on drafted qb doesn’t seem to work out, remembering that the Niners qb was already a league qb. I am referring to qb’s taken with first overal pick.

  10. I am authorized to speak for Dave Gettelman on this one:

    We would be thrilled to swap #5 for #4 for an Extra First Round Pick.

    San Diego and Carolina are on the other line and they want to trade with us too.

    Let me know when you have a chance.

  11. Find would be stupid to trade up for Burrow. It would cost too much. Also, if someone is stupid enough to trade up to get Tua. Then let them.

  12. I don’t believe the Dolphins should give up any picks to move up. Stay at 5 and pick the BPA or your franchise QB if you believe he is there for the picking.

  13. Well of course Grier or any GM is gonna say that! I can’t believe any one commenting on here is asleep enough to actually believe Grier is dumb enough to trade away a load of draft picks for someone no one has any idea whether he’ll be good in the NFL or not. And I just love Dolphins fans–complain if their team loses, and complain if their team wins! Sheesh! The problem I have with Fins fans (and I sued to be one but they traded my Aggie home boy Tannehill)–they think every Dolphins QB has to be the next Marino. Ain’t happening folks. Be happy with another Griese, okay?

  14. AOC is glad Al Gore invented football and discovered Mexico says:
    January 23, 2020 at 7:34 am
    If Cincinnati trades away the #1 pick they might as well move to London.


    While I agree, and also think that a franchise QB is worth more than what they might get – the Bengals have to consider it. If they could get Tua (who was the defacto #1 pick going into last year) and additional first round picks it deserves some consideration.

  15. It would take a Mike Ditka move with their entire draft to move up to get Burrow away from Cincy! Why don’t they use all those picks to build a real team around Tua?

  16. Tua was a 2nd round pick before his injury, based on NFL talent. If anything Fins should acquire more picks by trading down, if they have the chance. Many needs to fill!

  17. coachsemanko says:
    January 23, 2020 at 2:19 pm
    Tua was a 2nd round pick before his injury, based on NFL talent. If anything Fins should acquire more picks by trading down, if they have the chance. Many needs to fill!

    Agreed 100%. I’m hoping that the front office is using the Tua hype to bait another team.

  18. I would like to see them use their top picks on the offensive line, edge rusher and cornerback. Herbert may be available at five if they like him. Tua is made of glass. I don’t see them taking him in the first round with so many needs at other positions. Chris Grier’s future in the NFL as a GM is hinged on this draft. If he screws it up, he’ll be back to traveling every week to college games as a scout.

  19. Joe Burrow could be a generational talent. The Bengals would be crazy to trade out of #1 even if Miami offered 3 firsts and 2 firsts next year. Ohio kid coming home to play in his hometown. Bengals need seats in the stands. Trading away the number 1 pick will only alienate the fan base even more.

  20. If I were the Dolphins and Tua is looking healthy enough I’d sit at 5 and grab Tua and use all of those picks to rebuild the team. If Tua doesn’t make it to 5, I’d trade back and get more picks and tank another year. Another thing to think about- Fitzpatrick may be back next year, but he already said he doesn’t want to play if he’s not at least got a shot at starting. He said he’s not giving up time watching his kids grow up to go hold a clipboard and I don’t blame him for that.

  21. We need a RB, so lets say all top RBs are there with our 3rd pick in the 1st round, who do you take? Jonathan Taylor – Wisconsin; D’Andre Swift – Georgia, or JK Dobbins – Ohio State?

  22. I hope Miami doesn`t move up, and I hope they don`t draft Tua. I`d like to see the Dolphins take a quarterback (either Herbert or Love), a running back (either Swift – cool name! or Taylor), and an offensive lineman (no preference here) with their first round picks.

  23. Miami could always wait until 2021 to draft their QB. Build this team and fill the holes that are needed in 2020. Give a young QB an opportunity to succeed instead of an opportunity to fail. It didn’t work out well for the Redskins when they gave up the house and barn to move up for RGIII when he and Luck were the hype and projected to be the messiahs of NFL QB’s.

  24. I wouldn’t mind taking Tua at 5. He wouldn’t have to start right away, and we have Fitz and Rosen still. I wouldn’t cry if we grabbed an olineman either. Trading back is fine too, but for the love of god, don’t trade up., We have too many neeeds.

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