In a little over a week, all 32 NFL teams will start selecting the newest members to join their teams in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Currently, the Miami Dolphins have the 22nd overall pick in the first round, and very may well decide to keep that pick depending on who is still on the board at that time.
That being said, if the Dolphins feel comfortable with the remaining talent on the board, they may decide to trade down in the first round and add a 3rd or 4th round selection. The team does not have a fourth round selection at this time. A big factor that could impact potential trade offers for the Dolphins are which and how many quarterbacks go in the first round. If we see two or even three of the big names go in the Top 15 (like Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson or Mitch Trubisky), we could see multiple teams want to move up and take their future signal caller.
Potential trade partners for the Dolphins at 22nd overall:
Houston Texans (currently picking 25th overall)
This may be the most likely scenario, as the Texans current QB situation is a mess. With no clear starter between Tom Savage and Brandon Weeden, there is little to no doubt the team will be looking at drafting a QB. The question becomes when? If only one of the top 3 rookie QB remains come 22nd overall, we could see the Texans come beckoning.
Kansas City Chiefs (currently picking 27th overall)
This could very well become a strong option depending on what the Chiefs decide to do with Alex Smith. Smith, currently 32, still has a few good years left in him, and will be the starter as long as he is healthy and Andy Reid is the coach. However, if a guy like Mahomes or Watson is still on the board when the Dolphins pick at 22nd overall, the Chiefs may decide to snag their signal caller of the future.
Judging off of the Steelers draft strategy (they almost always go BPA), this option is more of a stretch. However, with Ben Roethlisberger debating retirement this off-season (he will be back in 2017), the time to consider his replacement is rapidly approaching. As for the Saints, I think Drew Breesstill has more than one good year left, but Sean Payton could pull the trigger on a young signal caller this year to learn behind Brees for a few seasons. Both of these teams could be potential trade partners for the Dolphins, especially if they want to jump the Texans and Chiefs to nab the 22nd overall pick.
Should the Dolphins choose to trade down, they could still find themselves in position to draft a number of players they would have selected at 22nd overall. This list includes guys like Jordan Willis, Obi Melifonwu or DE Charles Harris. The Dolphins are in a good position, as their needs at DL, DE, LB, CB, and S guarantee them a solid first round player, regardless of where they pick.