I remember it like it was yesterday. The Miami Dolphins held the 12th overall pick, with fans expecting to finally get a playmaker on offense, the completely unexpected happened. Roger Goddell stepped up to the podium when it was Miami’s turn, and announced there had been a trade. The year was 2010, and the Miami Dolphins traded away their 12th overall pick to the San Diego Chargers, moved down to 28th, and selected Jared Odrick. I don’t have a problem with Odrick being picked at 28, he has been a decent player and still has some upside. But what I do have a problem with, is the players that were selected between 12 and 28 that the Dolphins could have had.
Take a look at this list of names…..Ryan Matthews, Earl Thomas, Jason Pierre-Paul, Mike Iupati, Maurkice Pouncey, Jermaine Gresham, Demaryius Thomas, and Devin McCourtey. Yes, 8 Pro Bowlers were selected from pick 12 to 28, and Miami ended up with Jared Odrick, Koa Misi, and Tim Dobbins. 2 border line starters and one that isn’t on the team anymore. That was the results of trading down with San Diego in 2010. Other notable names that were selected between 12 and 28 that year were Bryan Bulaga and Dez Bryant. I think Miami could have done better than they did, but hindsight is always 20-20.
I really don’t think Jeff Ireland will make the same mistake this season. The team is in better shape in my opinion, the offense is much better, and the defense doesn’t have as many holes. Sure, you can make the argument that there is a hole on the offensive line and in the secondary, but there are still options many may not be thinking about. I’m curious to know what the Dolphins are going to do with Will Yeatman, the converted TE that Miami has held onto for the past 2 seasons. If Brent Grimes comes into camp recovered from a torn achilles, and Richard Marshall is healed, the absence of Sean Smith doesn’t hurt. Those two areas are the main holes on this team according to the experts, but maybe the Dolphins don’t think that’s the case. What if they keep the 12th pick and take the best player available? What if they decide to use one of their two 2nd round picks and move up? What if they take a lineman at 12, then move back into the 1st round and take Eifert? No one can be for certain what Jeff Ireland will do, but it hasn’t been his style in the past to remain silent during the draft. He has made a draft trade in every year as GM, I don’t think this year will be any different.