One of many largest challenges for the Miami Dolphins in the 2021 NFL Draft is to seek out the suitable worth with their premiere asset, the No. 3 general choose. A hotly contested debate will proceed to rage as followers weigh out the choices — together with a potential trade again out of that spot for a group hungry for a quarterback.
Miami’s most engaging possibility for a quarterback deal, the Detroit Lions, have already addressed the place with the swap of Matt Stafford for Jared Goff and picks — making them now an unlikely contender in the quarterback market. What made Detroit such an incredible match for Miami as a potential partner was the gap the Dolphins must transfer: the Lions sit simply 4 spots behind the Dolphins in the order at No. 7 general.
However with Detroit seemingly out of the image, Miami’s trade again market turns into increasingly dangerous with additional strikes down the board. Carolina at 8 is a viable contender however feels destined to have one much less broad receiver on the board with the Lions selecting forward of that spot in the order. Maybe Denver at 9 is in the market and San Francisco at 12 is for sure. However does Miami wish to push their means outdoors the top-10?
If not, the group can relaxation simple with the data of a new contender for a trade again state of affairs: the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Eagles are at the moment engaged in a standoff to maneuver veteran quarterback Carson Wentz, who has seen his relationship with the group erode presumably to the purpose of no return. And with the Eagles seeking to ship Wentz to the midwest (the leaders in the clubhouse for his providers are rumored to be Indianapolis and Chicago), Philadelphia can be including some Day 2 picks to their assortment of belongings in the close to future.
And Philadelphia, who picks at No. 6 in the NFL Draft order this 12 months, will apparently be reassessing their quarterback scenario and not less than one Eagles beat author, Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Enquirer, appears to suppose the group can be in the market for a quarterback on the high of the draft order.
Spoke with NFL administration supply (not from Eagles) concerning the Wentz melodrama. His viewpoint: If Wentz doesn’t need the Bears, Bears aren’t gonna trade for him. Finally the Eagles take no matter Indy is providing, possibly a second plus one thing. Additionally, Eagles draft a QB sixth general
— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) February 17, 2021
If the Eagles transfer Wentz and anticipate a top-flight quarterback to be on the board, they’ve bought a impolite awakening coming their means. Trevor Lawrence is a presumed lock at No. 1, whereas both Zach Wilson or Justin Fields seem destined for a choose in the No. 2 gap to the Jets (or one other group). Miami procuring their choose retains the specter of three quarterbacks in three picks a really actual chance and Carolina can be respiratory down the Eagles’ necks except there’s a serious improvement with QB Deshaun Watson or another person throughout the league.
So, Philadelphia: any curiosity in replicating the Sam Darnold trade from 2018? That 12 months, the Jets despatched three 2nd-round picks to the Colts to maneuver up from No. 6 to No. 3 general and draft Sam Darnold. After the Eagles transfer Wentz, the group may theoretically ship the next package deal to maneuver up three spots:
- No. 6 general
- No. 37 general
- No. 52 general or No. 54 general (assuming trade with both Chicago or Indianapolis for Wentz)
- A 2022 2nd-round choose
This may increasingly appear to be a excessive value to pay, however keep in mind that the Jets did this very same trade with the Colts in 2018. That deal despatched picks No. 37 & 49 of the 2018 NFL Draft and a 2019 2nd-round choose (No. 34 general).
With that in thoughts, Dolphins followers all over the place needs to be rooting for the Eagles to shut a cope with Wentz and kickstart the subsequent step in the method of exploring trade choices to maneuver again from the No. 3 general choose.