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The bottom line at this precise moment on the Brandon Marshall trade/steal is that the Dolphins gave up next year’s No. 2 pick for one of the top five receivers in the league. And who knows what plan the Dolphins will devise to get back next year’s No. 2 pick? But that’s for another time, another draft. This day was about maximizing your options and selecting a player you are totally comfortable with.
As I look back at what the Dolphins did with what became the No. 28 pick of the first round, it really did make perfect sense. They selected a player that fits nicely into the niche they are looking for. Big. Strong. Fast. Smart. Diverse. And with a big-time pedigree that shouts, “I’m not going to let you down.”
You aren’t chosen the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year by some fluke. Odrick has the tools to play anywhere on the defensive line. Nose tackle. Defensive tackle. Defensive end. He is one of those guys that instead of penciling into one spot, you simply write: “Football Player.”
No, I’m not going to tell you that Odrick was first on the team’s draft board nor am I going to tell you that they knew all along he was going to be their pick. Certainly, there were some tense moments in the Dolphins draft room. But what I am going to tell you is that Odrick’s performance at the Senior Bowl gave them a comfort zone that allowed them to make that trade with San Diego because they knew, in all probability, he would still be on the board on the 28th pick.
How do I see Odrick fitting into this defense? Many ways. He will compete with Paul Solai to help fill the gap at nose tackle while Jason Ferguson is serving an 8-game suspension. He will play some defensive end in the 3-4 defense and some defensive end when the Dolphins switch to a 4-3 in some passing situations. He will push young players like Phillip Merling and Kendall Langford. He will play and he will play a lot.
What the Dolphins do from here is anyone’s guess as of this writing. But I can tell you that having the 40th overall pick, now gives them ammunition to accomplish much more. This is a draft that is about 50 players deep at its highest tier and you can almost make a case that you can throw a blanket over all 50, reverse the order and have the same chances for success.
This is why what the Dolphins did is now so easy to understand.