The Miami Dolphins would like to trade up for the top pick in the NFL draft, but a new report suggests that they aren’t willing to give up major assets to make that happen.
NBC Sports’ Peter King noted that Dolphins general manager Chris Grier has interest in Louisiana State University quarterback Joe Burrow, the odds-on favorite to be the top pick.
However, that apparently doesn’t extend to paying the prohibitive cost it would take to make such an acquisition.
“I do hear that he and coach Brian Flores are very much against trading the farm to move up to get Burrow—which some in the organization want to do,” King wrote. “I doubt owner Stephen Ross will pull the owner card and force a mega-offer to try to move up to number one, but we’ll see.”
Presently, the Dolphins have three first-round choices and six selections among the first 70 picks. Moving up from the fifth overall choice to that top pick would likely require giving up a number of those selections to the Cincinnati Bengals.
Given the fact that the Dolphins are continuing to rebuild the team and still have plenty of holes to fill, losing prime picks for a single player could stall that improvement.
Burrow and University of Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa are considered to be the top available signal callers, though Tagovailoa’s injury history does leave cause for concern.
That checkered history could mean that Tagovailoa might be available when the Dolphins are scheduled to make the fifth overall pick. Two other quarterbacks that also might be options for the Dolphins are the University of Oregon’s Justin Herbert and Utah State University’s Jordan Love.
Draft strategy has always been an inexact science and it’s clear the Dolphins are making every effort to ensure that they end up making the right call when the time comes.