Just one day ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft, a report has come out speculating that the Miami Dolphins badly want to leapfrog the NY Giants and get inside the top three picks.
As if this news isn’t shocking enough, the potential player that the Dolphins want to select with their newfound #3 pick is the real surprise. I guess it makes sense on some level since they would likely only need to leapfrog the NY Giants to take a player they were in direct competition with.
Simply put, this is not great news for any NY Giants fan that is in the ‘offensive tackle or bust’ camp when it comes to the team’s first-round selection. While a trade-down from #4 was, and is, always in play and probably the best option, it takes another team to make that happen.
Should Big Blue not be able to find a trade partner and stick at #4 they’d now potentially be going after their second-rated offensive tackle which could change draft strategy in a major way.
I’m still going to have to believe this when I see it, as I don’t see the Dolphins fumbling away their chance at landing their quarterback of the future when they are in such a strong position to do so. After having such a strong offseason, it would be a major mistake not to complete the rebuild and try to find their signal-caller of the future.
Now, maybe they got a bad medical report back on Tua and they don’t really love Justin Herbet – those are both possibilities. They also have a large draft cache and they wouldn’t really miss the second-or-third rounder it would cost to move up two spots to #3, and it would be a bit of a power-play to show conviction and go after their most coveted offensive tackle.
It’s worth noting the Dolphins do have a huge need at offensive tackle after trading Laremy Tunsil to the Texans last year. The team was handsomely rewarded with two first-round picks in the deal, so it would still be a net win for them to move up and get their guy here.
If I was a betting man though – and I am – I would guess this is a smokescreen and the Dolphins don’t want anyone to trade back up over them and secure the quarterback they want. That would be the only reason for them to release any info about them wanting an offensive tackle, and it’s weird that such specific info is out there.
Either way, this report – and the NFL world’s reaction to it – shows that the rest of the league believes the NY Giants will be going after an offensive tackle.