Dave Hyde wrote:
Here's how Dolphins could trade up for a QB*http://weblogs.sun-sentinel.com/sports/ ... l+blogs%29
By Dave Hyde April 8, 2011 07:12 AM
1. The asterisk in the headline, of course, is because no players can be traded until a labor deal is in place or the owners' lockout is struck down in court. And this team needs one of those to happen so to offer some draft-day flexibility.
The deepest position the team has is at defensive end, where the team has overspent in the last few years. Last year's top pick Jared Odrick and third-year player Phillip Merling (32nd pick) missed most of last year with injuries and weren't even missed.
Could one be bundled with the 15th overall pick to move up if, say, quarterback Cam Newton or Blaine Gabbert is available?
As you look at what options the Dolphins would have if a trade-up situation presents itself, this is a viable idea.
As the collective-bargaining standoff continues, teams can trade draft picks but not involve any players in deals. That bites the Dolphins since they don't have a second-round pick. That means the defensive ends are really the only possible chips the Dolphins have to use in a trade.
And why wouldn't they trade one?
With Paul Soliai anchoring nose tackle, Kendall Langford and Randy Starks are nice starters at end. Free-agent Tony McDaniel could be back. Throw in either Odrick or Merling and you see there's good depth at defensive end, which in the 3-4 isn't the kind of impact position that it once was.
Cameron Wake is the pass rusher and hopefully a developing Koa Misi provide the first-level pass rush. Not defensive ends. That's why New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick has gone to defensive ends who are plugs more than impactful players, as noted in an earlier blog..
The Dolphins have overspent on defensive ends. They have obvious needs elsewhere. The chance to trade one in the draft can only happen with a bargaining agreement or if the judge strikes down the lockout. Hope for that, Dolphins fans.