Revisiting the Vontae Davis trade

November, 1, 2012
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The Miami Dolphins made an interesting move in training camp by trading former first-round draft pick Vontae Davis to the Indianapolis Colts. The Dolphins got a second-round pick in 2013 for Davis.

I liked the move from the beginning. Here is what I wrote in August:
"I like this trade for Miami. Yes, the secondary is a little weaker. But Miami received good value for a cornerback who recently lost his starting job to free-agent signing Richard Marshall in training camp. Indianapolis' second-round pick could be a high one at the top of the round next year. The Dolphins now have two picks in the second and third rounds in the 2013 draft.”

Davis has started five games for Indianapolis and has recorded 19 tackles and zero interceptions. He hasn’t made many big plays and is battling injuries. He will miss Sunday's game against Miami due to a knee sprain.

It appears the Dolphins are getting the best of this trade. Miami’s pass defense has struggled, but the Davis trade remains a smart one. Davis was on pace to be a nickel corner in Miami, and the second-round pick Miami gained will be very valuable for its future. The Dolphins have five picks in the first three rounds, and that’s a lot of capital to improve the team in 2013.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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