Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions Discussing Big Trade
The Miami Dolphins and Detroit Lions are discussing a big trade, it would appear.
Heading into April’s 2020 NFL Draft, Detroit has the No. 3 overall selection and Miami has the No. 5 overall pick.
Because it is unclear what weaknesses each respectively organization is hoping to address in the draft, nobody knows which one prioritizes the No. 3 pick more.
If the Lions simply want to address defense, particularly in the secondary, then they could easily trade out of the three spot to the five spot and still get whoever it is they are looking at.
However, if the organization wants ta quarterback to replace Matthew Stafford, then trading away the third overall pick would be a big mistake.
Things are a little simpler with Miami. The Dolphins have made it no secret that they need a quarterback. It will either be Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa or Oregon’s Justin Herbert. The team will not use their first round pick on a non-passer.
According to Benjamin Albright of the Monday Morning Quarterback, the Dolphins have interest in trading up and moving into Detroit’s No. 3 spot in the draft.
I havent heard anything about that Dolphins/Skins trade rumor, the Phins had made some calls with Detroit.
— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) February 8, 2020
“I havent heard anything about that Dolphins/Skins trade rumor, the Phins had made some calls with Detroit,” he wrote.
The reason for this appears to be twofold. One, it seems like the Dolphins are worried that the Lions may take their Stafford replacement at No. 3, leaving them without a quarterback to select.
And two, they also seem worried that someone like the Carolina Panthers or Los Angeles Chargers could trade up, swoop in, and take their passer of the future.
At this point, is a known fact that the Cincinnati Bengals are taking LSU star Joe Burrow with the top pick. From there, Ohio State’s Chase Young is going at number two to the Washington Redskins.
From there – it is anyone’s guess.
If Miami does feel the need to trade up, it has more than enough assets to do so.
In addition to the fifth overall selection, the Dolphins also hold the No. 18 overall pick which they got from the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Minkah Fitzpatrick trade.
As we creep closer and closer to April, Miami will likely decide on its draft strategy. Once it does, expect the organization to very aggressive in pursuing it.