A lot of people were upset that the Miami Dolphins swapped first round picks with the Philadelphia Eagles in the Byron Maxwell and Kiko Alonso trade earlier this off-season. Many were hoping the Dolphins would land one of the draft's top defensive draft picks with that 8th overall pick, whether it be Myles Jack or Vernon Hargreaves III. Now picking at 13th, it looks as though Jack will be out of reach and Hargreaves likely will be too, barring a fortunate turn of events.
That leaves the Miami Dolphins in an interesting predicament with the 13th overall pick. They could take the best player available, regardless of whether that position fills a need, such as Kevin Dodd or Shaquille Lawson. Or they could reach for a guy that fills a hole immediately, someone like Darron Lee, Eli Apple or Mackensie Alexander. The problem with these guys are that they may not be worth the 13th overall pick, and would likely be considered a reach at 13th overall.
That is why I believe the Dolphins should highly consider trading down in the 2016 NFL Draft. That is, of course, if someone is willing to move up. A lot of this depends on whether or not teams like the Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers take a QB before the Dolphins draft. However, if someone is willing to move up and trade first round picks with the Dolphins, I think this would be the best decision for the team.
Typically, swapping first round picks costs the team moving up at least a 3rd round pick, if not a 2nd. Let's say the Dolphins get at the minimum another third round selection, and move back into the early 20's of the first round. Here, the Dolphins could likely still get a guy like Lee or Apple and add an immediate impact starter, while also gaining a third round selection. With the additional third round pick, the Dolphins could target other areas of need, such as OG or OLB. That would give them four potential starters (one from the first round, one from the second, and two from the third round) with their first four picks in the draft.
Basically, unless someone falls unprojectedly out of the Top 10, or someone moves up and agrees to trade with the Dolphins, the team will likely have to reach for someone at 13 overall. Instead, they could pick up an additional pick, and add another starter out of the trade.
These are the types of decisions GM Chris Grier and Mike Tannenbaum will have to consider come draft day, as these types of offers often come up in the each team's draft room.