With the 2012 NFL draft about a week away, there has been a lot of chatter lately about a team moving up to trade for the No. 3 overall pick. The spot is currently held by the Minnesota Vikings, who are willing to move the pick.
Will the Miami Dolphins be one of the teams ready to jump, presumably for Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill? Before you answer that question, let’s look at the cost. We used ESPN.com's draft-pick value chart to examine the value.
Minnesota’s No. 3 overall pick is worth 2,200 points. Miami’s No. 8 pick is worth 1,400 points. Therefore, the Dolphins have 800 points to make up with their remaining draft picks.
Miami’s second-round pick (No. 42 overall) is worth just 480 points. Miami also has two third-round picks (No. 71 and No. 72) that are worth 235 and 230 points. Therefore, the Dolphins most likely would have to give up their first-, second-, one third-round pick and an additional late-round pick to make the trade. That is swapping four picks in this draft for one.
Is Tannehill worth it? Miami needs another pass-rusher, a safety, receiver, right tackle and right guard. The Dolphins are tight with the cap and trading away four draft picks would make it nearly impossible to fill those holes.
Based on this point chart, I would be surprised if Miami traded the farm to move up five spots next week. But nothing has gone according to form for Miami this offseason, so you can never rule anything out completely with the Dolphins.