Chris Grier has “no regrets” about how things played out after first-round trades

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The Dolphins helped shake up the top of the draft when they traded the third overall pick to the 49ers last month and then dealt the No. 12 pick they got in that deal to the Eagles for the sixth selection.

Most observers thought they were targeting someone to catch passes from Tua Tagovailoa and they got Tagovailoa’s former Alabama teammate Jaylen Waddle with No. 6. Tight end Kyle Pitts and wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase went directly before Waddle, which sets the stage for a lot of comparisons between them in the years to come.

It also sets the stage for second-guessing should Waddle fail to produce at the same level as two players the Dolphins could have had by staying put. General Manager Chris Grier wasn’t doing any second-guessing at Thursday night’s press conference, however.

“No, I’ve told you we’re very comfortable where we were,” Grier said. “We had a number of players — like we said — about four players we felt really good about taking at six and we’d be tremendously happy to have, so we had — again, don’t look back — but at the end of the day, we’re tremendously excited and this was a player we’ve been looking at for a couple years. So for what we want to do for our team and our roster, we’re very happy to have Jaylen and no regrets and say that with all honesty to you.”

If Waddle turns out to be as impactful as the Dolphins hope he’ll be, no one’s likely to spend much time brooding over what else Grier could have done leading up to the draft. If not, the topic is likely to become a popular one in Miami.

18 responses to “Chris Grier has “no regrets” about how things played out after first-round trades

  1. Their saving face by saying Waddle was 2nd on their chart behind Lawrence. Thats bs, they thought Falcons were taking a QB and the Bengals taking o line (which the latter should have)

  2. The Dolphins gambled and lost big time trading away the #3 pick, once again they’re eating leftovers while others are enjoying the main course.

  3. Seems like a lot of everybody is whacking on the Phins in regard to their picks. I think they picked up 2 much needed players and I hope that they get a bruiser RB in the second round. Tua will have weapons this season and the defense is looking good. Coach Flo is going to have his team kicking butt next season.

  4. I honestly have no problem with this pick considering what was left (No Kyle Pitts) and what they knew they needed. The second pick however, I have issues with. This is the second year they whiffed on a top tier RB.

  5. Trading down was fine, trading back up and not taking a QB was a mistake.
    If Tua turns out not to be their franchise QB, and they passed on drafting a QB then they are set back a lot, as they wont be able to easily draft a good prospect in the future.

  6. The Dolphins are more focused on collecting draft picks than selecting the right players, they failed big time in round 1.

  7. roughingthepasser says:
    April 30, 2021 at 9:49 am

    Trading down was fine, trading back up and not taking a QB was a mistake.
    If Tua turns out not to be their franchise QB, and they passed on drafting a QB then they are set back a lot, as they wont be able to easily draft a good prospect in the future.
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    You don’t pick a QB at #5 last & then turn around and draft another at #6 a year later. It just doesn’t make sense. It takes about 3 years to see how draft picks actually pan out. With covid, recovering from a major injury & no mini camp last year, it’s impossible to gauge if Tua is your franchise QB or not.

  8. I am waiting to see how defenses cover Parker, Waddle, and Gesicki. If the Dolphins pick up an RB today the kid is going to have a field day with those three stretching the defense.

  9. The Waddle pick I am great with, not so much the second pick on a player that spends alot of time in the trainers room. Impact players NOT injury prone players.
    Would of rather “reached” on Harris then take another injury prone DE.

  10. I’m a lifelong Fins fan, so I can say this with complete certainty: There is a small but vocal segment of my fellow Dolphins fans that will *always* find something to complain about. If the team had stayed at #3 and drafted Pitts, these people would’ve complained that they didn’t pick Chase. If they’d picked Smith at #6, they would’ve complained that they should’ve picked Waddle. Heck, it’s not hard to imagine that even if they won a Super Bowl these same fans would find a reason to gripe. They’ll never be happy with anything the team does.

    Under Chris Grier’s leadership, the team was able to shed the ridiculous contracts that had bogged the them down financially, parlayed a single trade into a crazy amount of additional draft picks, hired a coach that actually knows what he’s doing and has seen the team improve from 5-11 to 10-6 in one year’s time. Has everything he’s done been perfect? Of course not. Never will be. But compared to the litany of GM’s that came before him in the past 20 or so years–Tannenbaum, Hickey, Ireland, etc.–he’s earned a lot of respect, despite what the haters say.

  11. Miami won’t just be evaluated on the Chase/Pitts versus Waddle, but even more of a comparison will be verus DeVonte Smith who was available at six. More importantly they team they traded with to move back up to the sixth spot, the Eagles, ended up giving up a 3rd round pick to move up two more spots and draft Smith.

    Since the sixth pick originally belonged to the Eagles, Philadelphia essentially traded the sixth overall pick, a 2020 3rd round pick (84th overall) and a 2020 5th round pick (156th overall) for the tenth overall pick (via Dallas), a 2020 4th round pick (123rd overall) and a first round pick in 2022. Which ended up netting Miami Waddle and the Eagles Smith, there are strong arguements that either is the better WR . . . so this is the real comparison that needs to be made.

    Philadelphia seems to have read the draft boards correctly in both their trade down, as they would have stayed firm at six if they thought Pitts or Chase would be there and on their trade up from 12 to 10, as the Giants immediately traded down (for the first time in the GM’s history of any round trade down) and eventually drafted a WR later in the first round.

  12. Ja’Marr Chase will put up better numbers this season and every other season than Jaylen Waddle simply because Joe Burrow is much better than Tua Tagovailoa.

  13. I wanted Waddle and Harris personally. I am cool with them getting a 1st round pick in essence by trading back to 6. Pitts very well could be a generational player, but at the same time the need at that position was as big as the need at WR. Mike and DeVonte will benefit from having two deep threats in Fuller and Waddle. Chase/Waddle/Smith all have specific traits and I think Waddle suits our needs best.

    I wish we would have taken Najee at 18, but I understand the pick in Phillips, you can never have too many pass rushers, and when you can get what most people say the best edge rusher in the draft, you can’t complain. We have a pretty good defense, but do any of you remember the last game of the season when we gave up 50+ in a must win game???? Or the fact that we’ve lost 5 straight to the Bills, we need somebody that we can team up with Ogbah that can get after Allen.

  14. Right, he has no regrets on these moves just like he has no regrets passing on Herbert last year or trading for Rosen the year before…

  15. I don’t have a problem with Waddle. It’s the trade with Philly to get the 6 spot that I don’t like. I think Waddle or Smith would have been there at 12 and we could have held on to a 2022 1st round pick. Waddle will be good but I don’t know if he was worth two 1st round picks.

  16. mainephinfan says:
    April 30, 2021 at 12:43 pm
    I don’t have a problem with Waddle. It’s the trade with Philly to get the 6 spot that I don’t like. I think Waddle or Smith would have been there at 12 and we could have held on to a 2022 1st round pick. Waddle will be good but I don’t know if he was worth two 1st round picks.

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    If you look at it like that, you are going to give Waddle an unfair start. Grier wasn’t making the trade with the niners until he had a partner to move back into the top 10. You should be looking at it as though they moved back 3 spots and got a first and a third.

  17. cletuspstillwaterjr says:
    April 30, 2021 at 10:15 am
    I am waiting to see how defenses cover Parker, Waddle, and Gesicki. If the Dolphins pick up an RB today the kid is going to have a field day with those three stretching the defense.

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    People keep forgetting that we also have Williams, Grant, and Wilson. The ladder two are of the same mold as Waddle, but Williams is almost a mirror image of Parker. And to go along with Gesicki, we have Durham and Shaheen. All we really need now is a bit more depth on our O-line and a solid RB.

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