Two potential trade partners for Dolphins

March, 2, 2012
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Earlier this week, we outlined the reasons the Miami Dolphins should strongly consider trading back from the No. 8 overall pick in April's NFL draft. But Friday we're going to take it a step further.

Here are two potential trade partners for Miami at No. 8:

Team No. 1: Cincinnati Bengals

Analysis: The Bengals have two first-round picks -- No. 17 and No. 21. But one of Cincinnati's biggest needs is finding a starting running back. The lynchpin to a potential trade here is Alabama tailback Trent Richardson. Once thought to be a top-five pick, Richardson's stock has fallen somewhat after recent knee surgery and skipping the combine. There's a decent chance Richardson could fall to the Dolphins at No. 8, and Miami doesn't need a running back. Miami and Cincinnati could swap first-round picks, in addition to the Dolphins getting an extra second-rounder and a later pick to move back nine spots. The Bengals would get their new star running back and still keep the 21st overall pick. The Dolphins would have two additional picks and can still draft a right tackle, safety or possibly Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill at No. 17. Everybody could win under this scenario.

Team No. 2: New York Jets

Analysis: Would the Dolphins do business with a division rival? That's tough but not completely foreign if it helps both teams. Richardson once again is the focal point. If he falls to No. 8, that increases the value of Miami's pick. The Jets don't have a huge need at running back. But the team will run the ball a lot next season, and Richardson would be perfect for New York's "ground and pound" offense. A pairing of Richardson and Shonn Greene would take a lot of pressure off quarterback Mark Sanchez. Would the Dolphins help the Jets' offense, led by former Miami head coach Tony Sparano, get back on track? Miami could probably get New York's No. 16 pick, a second-rounder and a later pick in return.

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