The Secret Trading Weapon: Next Year’s First Rounder

27 Apr

Ryan Mallett, first round talent, second round projection. Mikel Leshoure, first round talent, second round projection. Colin Kaepernick, insane upside, second round projection.

If we stay put at pick 15, that doesn’t mean we’re condemned to sit tight for the next billion hours ’til we’re on the clock again in round three. Trade next year’s first rounder. Trade that sucker. Your job may depend on it.

People often say, “You don’t mortgage the future.” Well, if you’re getting first round value, that isn’t what you’re doing. You’re “Pulling a Wimpy”. Yes Wimpy, that glorious source of cartoon wisdom, with perhaps the greatest catch phrase in animation history.

“I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.”

We’d just have to make sure we were getting a Whopper of a player in return.

GO DOLPHINS, and feel free to follow us on Twitter @thebottlenose

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8 Responses to “The Secret Trading Weapon: Next Year’s First Rounder”

  1. pancanfinfan April 27, 2011 at 3:00 pm #

    Are you drinking crazy juice? This draft is not that deep in talent to warrent giving up next years #1 pick. There are no “whoppers” in this draft in miami’s area of need. We are already seeing the results of giving up our #2 this year for a “sure thing” trade as we scramble to somehow get back the #2 we gave up for marshall. New England does not give away draft picks…they look for desperate teams to hose for additional draft picks. Dolphins should trade down and reacquire a late 2nd rounder so they can salvage this draft with some depth picks.

  2. BrassMonkey April 27, 2011 at 4:06 pm #

    I think Mallett will go in the teens or twenties, and by all accounts Leshoure and Kaepernick are NOT first-round talents.

    The teams that trade their picks away for instant gratification invariably regret it later- look at how good the Pats and Chargers have become preying on desperate teams the last 10 years.

    Miami is NOT one or two pieces away from winning a Super Bowl. We have needs at multiple positions, more than we can fill this year alone. Trading next year’s 1st for a second-rounder this year would be incredibly stupid, especially when this will probably be the last year without a rookie wage cap in place.

    • Dan Ewen April 27, 2011 at 7:53 pm #

      You play the board, guys. You can’t say it’s incredibly stupid without knowing the player that’s still sitting there. If you’ve got a first round grade on a guy, you honor that.

      If we stay put and draft at 15, there isn’t a GM in this league who would take a nap ’til our next pick. If we have a first round grade on say Kaepernick (trust me, some teams do), and we’ve picked a guy at 15 (say Pouncey, or Quinn), you keep all options on the table, especially if we believe there’s a franchise QB or RB still on the board.

      Would I prefer a magical trade down? Of course.

    • Dan Ewen April 27, 2011 at 9:42 pm #

      I think I’m a bit more optimistic about the state of the team. We’re not one or two pieces away from a Super Bowl. But:

      *The #7 overall defense in football. One of the youngest too, and Odrick hasn’t even played yet. Plus, Nolan is a mad genius.
      *Our #1 and #2 wideouts just broke the team record for combined catches.
      *We’ve got a cornerstone LT, and many will say that is the second most important offensive player after QB.

      It begs the question, how many players away are we? A mauler OG, steady QB and fresh legs in the backfield and I would say watch out for these Dolphins. Who’s to say we can’t hit on a couple of picks and open up the checkbook for a key free agent after a CBA is reached?

      Without the Pittsburgh game robbery we would have been 8-8, with three other losses by one score or less. That was with what, the 30th scoring offense in the NFL? We score a few TDs instead of 52-yard Dan Carpenter FGs and we might have made the playoffs.

      Come on now, give The Bottlenose a smile… 😉

  3. shula April 27, 2011 at 4:26 pm #

    Good comments!

    In addition, its quite possible that the 2011 Dolphins finish 5-11 or 6-10 with the poor level of coaching and very tough schedule this year which means the 2012 1st round pick could be a very high pick in the 5-10 range for a special player next year.

    Trade down. I am n ot even opposed to trading out of the 1st round for 2two 2nd rounders and a 3rd which would give us 3 pics for 1.

  4. corners April 27, 2011 at 6:19 pm #

    2 1st round picks isn’t just “1st round value”. I dont think any qb in this draft is worth the at least 2 1st round picks + a lot more it would take to nab the top 2 qb prospects.

  5. bitchin dave April 28, 2011 at 3:24 am #

    Its irrelevant; teams can only trade THIS year’s draft picks. They can not trade players, and trading future picks is “at your own risk” as the new CBA may negate that trade.

    • Dan Ewen April 28, 2011 at 8:09 am #

      Teams can and will trade next year’s picks during this draft. There is no reason for either side to negate draft pick trades in any new CBA. Not irrelevant.

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