By: Jason Sarney
It is time for a freaky trade mock because, why not? It's been a slow year so far and we are time-killing until tomorrow’s match-up against Buffalo.
Thanks to an updated and FUN mock draft engine from The Draft Network, simulated trade offers came with a welcoming phone ring and in some cases numerous directions. It was enjoyable if anything, yet equally unrealistic as anyone would say when they see results. Its fantasy general-managering, and I’m all for it.
Yesterday's article was an odd trade scenario netting an offensive lineman at #3 and a trade to nab DeVonta Smith at #15. In this version, I simply took the phone calls, and like any Godfather fan, knew an offer that I simply couldn't refuse.
Here is the first trade at #3 when Philadelphia called, following Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields being drafted #1 and #2 by the Jags and Jets, respectively.
The offer was TOO good to pass up and stood out among several others for the coveted #3 pick. They drafted Penn Stater, Micah Parsons which makes a lot of sense as he would be an instant favorite in Philly with half the city being Nittany Lions.
So with moving back to #7 and some premiums already gone as you’ll see, that darn phone kept ringing. This time, another NFC East team sent over a Kings-ransom for a top-end pick.
Dallas and Jerry Jones over-pay for, very truly ironically, Patrick Surtain II. A tough pill to swallow but it’s OK, Miami's loaded in the cornerback room, and although it would have been nice to see the 2nd-coming, at least he didn't go to a rival or within the AFC at all.
The Dallas Trade:
It’s DeVonta Smith at #11 and see yesterday’s piece on the affinity level. Miami gets their main-man, for their main-man in Tua Tagovailoa, with more picks to boot.
Next up is pick #23, and here is how the first 22 picks played out:
With a major choice of holding firm and picking, or continuing to wheel-and-deal, here are the best available as per TDN:
With 4 picks in the next 21 selections thanks to trades in the 1st round, Miami can pick Najee Harris perhaps a few spots higher than most would think but hey, go get your guy. The Bama-Duo is complete when it becomes a Trio with Tua.
On to pick #35.
A pair of picks in 4 trips to the podium virtually or otherwise, Miami owns #38 as well in this scenario. The Dolphins have to fill need on offensive line, particularly on the interior. Enter Ohio State’s Wyatt Davis. 6’4’’ 310 lbs. and a great fit as a right guard. While we are at it, let us add the center-of-the-future, if not immediate, in Alabama’s Landon Dickerson who can play guard as well.
No time to rest as we are up again at #43, and now the party is really starting. Believe it or not, there is a pick on the way at #55 as well (as it stands now in standings). With an offensive line locked up with two inside editions to last year's rookie trio, and a familiar pair of play-makers for Tua in Smith and Harris, a defensive body is pleaded for by Coach Brian Flores.
We must be honest, the Dolphins need a man-in-the-middle of the secondary for the future as veteran Bobby McCain is up in age, and Eric Rowe is still getting his feet settled admirably at the position. TCU's Trevon Moehrig is a ball-hawking safety than can hit and cover as well. A perfect anchor to a Flores' secondary to pair with those lock-down corners.
Including the admitted, non-realistic trades I received not offered, here is the haul of 5 draft picks in the first 43 names called.
This is perhaps a major shock that Rondale Moore is available at #55, which is doubtful in real life. Able to be used all over the field including the back-field, the speedster can be a lethal complement to a now loaded offense.
With pick #70 the Dolphins stay local and add pass-rushing depth on the edge of the defensive line with Miami Hurricane, Quincy Roche. A 6'4'' pure pass-rusher who can use his strength and power-moves to get deep into the pocket to create havoc.
We are in the 3rd round and already selected 7 players with 7 picks remaining. I know what you're thinking, but New Year's hasn't warn off yet.
If last year was any indication on what makes Coach Flores happy, it is large interior defensive linemen. Say hello to 6'5'' 310 lbs. Florida State Seminole, Marvin Wilson. It is not so hard to spot Flores-type guys and Wilson is one with his energy level, size and skill-set. He adds depth to a line that may not re-sign an injured Davon Godchaux.
Merlin Robinson is a linebacker Flores would love to get his hands on and could play plenty of snaps in any scheme. He specializes in a 4-3 and can also set the edge and can cover areas in the passing attack.
There is a sleeper running back that can be added to a team to help in really anything from the University at Buffalo in Heisman Candidate, Jaret Patterson. His ability to run patiently, and catch the ball out of the back-field will be too good to pass up for Miami to make him a complementary back, and one day, who knows.
Following the Patterson pick, Miami had a few more depth needs remaining, and those picks were #146 and #178 in offensive tackle Tyler Vrabel of Boston College and safety Ifeatu Melifonwu out of Syracuse.
Here is the final 2021 Mock Draft in Trade Frenzy Scenario Land with those deals listed.