Brian Flores: The goal isn’t to accumulate first-round picks, it’s to craft the best team

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Since Brian Flores took over as the Dolphins head coach in 2019, Miami has made several trades to maximize their opportunities in the first round of the draft.

The club had three first-round picks last year, has a pair this year, and will have two in 2023 following the blockbuster trade with the 49ers for the No. 3 overall pick. Miami has San Francisco’s first rounder next year, but sent its own top selection in 2021 to Philadelphia in exchange for Thursday’s sixth pick.

During an appearance on the Dolphins’ Drive Time with Travis Wingfield podcast, Flores said the primary objective with General Manager Chris Grier wasn’t necessarily to acquire early selections. But that’s still the way it’s worked out to this point.

“I wouldn’t say the goal is necessarily to accumulate first-round picks. I think it’s to put the best team together,” Flores said. “I think there’s a variety of ways you can do that. Trade, free agency, waiver-wire transactions, obviously the draft. And I think Chris and his staff have done a great job of using all those different avenues to bring in players and I think we’ve brought players in through those variety of ways — I think we’ve used them all. But it’s to put the best team together, not necessarily a team full of first-round picks.

“And look, we’re looking for guys who are tough, who are smart, who are competitive, and who love to play, and are team-first. And that’s kind of the criteria we look for and as we look through those different avenues to acquire players, that’s really always at the forefront.”

Though the Dolphins trades with San Francisco and Philadelphia put them at No. 6 overall, they still have a pair of selections slated for Thursday — the other coming at No. 18. Miami has four selections in the top 50, which should help the team go from a contender to a postseason berth if they work out as rookies.

7 responses to “Brian Flores: The goal isn’t to accumulate first-round picks, it’s to craft the best team

  1. At first I was mad at Flores when he blew the team up and traded Minkah, but as time went on I’ve learned to eat crow, and appreciate this man as a Dolphins Fan.

  2. dlw492 says:
    April 26, 2021 at 10:39 am

    At first I was mad at Flores when he blew the team up and traded Minkah, but as time went on I’ve learned to eat crow, and appreciate this man as a Dolphins Fan.
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    Thank you for coming around on this move. The analogy I apply to Minkah and his role on the Phins at the time was that he was brand-new 17″ Chrome Rims on a 2002 Toyota Corolla with a busted transmission.

  3. So far, it appears as though Grier is much better at accumulating the selections, than he is at actually identifying talent and maximizing those selections by taking the best players……

  4. I still say Flores and Grier screwed up by trading Minkah Fitzpatrick. I will die on that hill. But otherwise they have done an excellent job rebuilding this team.

  5. Three first round picks last year and yet none of them could make an impact. Tua looked awful against the raiders and the broncos… Look the numbers up and watch the tape…Tua literally needed a relief pitcher in several games. The other 2 first round picks looked severely overwhelmed. What happens when the dolphins go back to having only one pick in the first round. Fins fans are distracted by all these picks but aren’t paying attention to how bad the picks are. Now Miami has two offensive coordinators calling plays which is going to be fans next excuse as to why they missed the playoffs again.

  6. “Fins fans are distracted by all these picks but aren’t paying attention to how bad the picks are”
    Yep. Fin fans are distracted by the fact that they doubled the number of wins from 5 to 10, whether the picks worked or not. Irrelevant stuff like their record.
    How did your team do last year?

  7. “Look the numbers up and watch the tape…Tua literally needed a relief pitcher in several games. The other 2 first round picks looked severely overwhelmed.”

    We know you didn’t watch the tape: you don’t know how many games Fit relieved Tua (2: the first was lost and Fitz had a pick and a worse rating; the second he won thanks to an Oakland miracle), it doesn’t sound like you know anything about Noah Igbinoghene since he progressed rapidly into the second half, barely being noticed in the Bengals game. The kid is behind X and Diggs has burned star all-pro WRs. Austin Jackson was an immediate improvement, and was only a let down in his injury, when he cam back, he came back fast and capable. Raekwon Davis was a steal.

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