Well, we’re less than a week away from the NFL Draft and after an incessant amount of studying needs, trends and prospects, I have some weird conspiracy theories that I can totally see happening. Here’s my first conspiracy or prediction and its one I’ve convinced myself is a possibility, no matter how wild it is.
I think Dolphins General Manager Chris Grier brings out his inner Sonny Weaver Jr. (if you don’t get this watch Draft Day, you won’t regret it) and does some crazy maneuvering of the draft board. Do I expect him to dramatically ask for David Putney, a freaking punt returner of all positions just because he feels like it? No, those are a dime-a-dozen in this year’s draft class and more replaceable than ever. I also don’t expect Trevor Lawrence or Zach Wilson to have a Bo Callahan esque slip. And if you haven’t seen Draft Day, I’m sorry, I already lost you, but I promise I’ll get you back soon. But I do think Grier pulls a crazy stunt on draft night and this one is it.
The Dolphins currently sit at sixth overall in this year’s draft. They originally sat at three, but traded down to the 12th pick, just to trade up six spots and I think we see a somewhat similar fiasco take place on draft night.
Right now I think the five picks ahead of Miami go as scheduled: Jacksonville Jaguars take Trevor Lawrence (QB Clemson), the New York Jets select Zach Wilson (QB BYU), the 49ers select Justin Fields (QB Ohio State), Atlanta won’t be able to resist taking Kyle Pitts (Florida tight end) and then the Bengals grab the best pass catcher in the draft with 2019 Biletnikoff winner and LSU standout receiver Ja’Marr Chase.
This leaves the quarterback duo of Alabama’s Mac Jones and North Dakota State’s Trey Lance on the board and available for a team to trade up and get at six.
Smelling blood in the water and mediocrity in the frigid air of Denver, Colorado, Grier calls his former co-worker George Paton, the new Broncos general manager and convinces him to trade up and grab Lance, expecting the ultra-athletic, strong-armed, human highlight reel at the FCS level to be the solution to the team’s quarterback problems and offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur’s personal project.
Denver will give the Dolphins the ninth overall pick, as well as this year’s third-round and next year’s third and fourth-round selections for the right to grab Lance.
Now, sitting at ninth overall, the Dolphins pray that either Jaylen Waddle or Devonta Smith don’t get taken by Detroit and Carolina, who sit at the seventh and eight selections in the draft. If either slips to them at nine, Grier jumps on the opportunity to reunite either of the star Alabama pass catchers with Tua Tagovailoa in Miami.
But Grier isn’t done yet, because he senses another opportunity and he now has additional mid-round capital to make it happen. After the Denver trade the Dolphins have the 18th overall pick, in addition to two selections in rounds two and three.
Grier will then use a second-round pick and Denver’s 2022 fourth-round pick to jump from the 18th selection in this year’s draft to the 11th pick owned by the New York Giants to select Penn state linebacker Micah Parsons. A year ago, the Dolphins paid Kyle Van Noy big money to be an impact player off the edge, but it did not work the way the franchise hoped and they are already looking for his replacement and Parsons is a perfect fit.
Dave Gettleman moves his Giants down seven spots and not only acquires more picks, but still appeases his fanbase, selecting an edge rusher. Who that will be depends on how the board falls, but the Giants seem to be in love with Georgia players, having taken four of them in Gettleman’s three drafts as general manager in New York. If Azeez Ojulari, a bendy edge rusher with a couple truly amazing games of film is on the board, I wouldn’t be shocked if he is the pick.
If this hypothetical scenario pans out, who is the winner and who is the real loser is the biggest question? Sure, the Broncos give up significant capital, but they grab a quarterback for their fans to be excited about. The Dolphins would get Tagovailoa the pass catcher he needs as Miami does everything possible to avoid the bust label, in addition to the best defensive talent in the draft. And the Giants, well, they finally get an edge rusher for fans to be excited about and some extra draft picks. To be honest, I think this is a win for everybody.