Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Would the Dolphins trade up again?
By James Walker
Last year the Miami Dolphins were the talk of the first round of the NFL draft. Miami traded with the Oakland Raiders to move up nine spots -- from No. 12 to No. 3 overall -- to select former Oregon defensive end Dion Jordan. Many scouts believed Jordan was the top defensive prospect in the draft.
Could the Dolphins have another trick up their sleeve in the 2014 draft? Miami currently sits at No. 19.
Former general manager Jeff Ireland had plenty of incentive to be aggressive. The Dolphins were entering their sixth season without the playoffs and Ireland was in the hot seat. So he pulled an aggressive move by trading Miami's first- and second-round pick to move up to No. 3. The Dolphins finished a disappointing 8-8 and Ireland lost his job.
That same level of pressure is not on Miami rookie general manager Dennis Hickey this offseason. But he surely will keep his options open. The Dolphins have a variety of needs to address, including guard, offensive tackle and safety. It's more likely that Miami will keep its pick this year.
For reference purposes, here are the past five selections at No. 19:
- 2013: Justin Pugh, OT, New York Giants
- 2012: Shea McClellin, DE, Chicago Bears
- 2011: Prince Amukamara, CB, Giants
- 2010: Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Atlanta Falcons
- 2009: Jeremy Maclin, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
Like any draft slot, there are a mixture of hits and misses at No. 19. The Dolphins have a chance to draft a quality player as long as their scouting staff does a thorough job during the pre-draft process.