Trade winds?

Dolphins coach Nick Saban addressed the media for a little over an hour during the NFL meetings in Hawaii Tuesday, and touched on a variety of issues, such as the possibility of Rick Williams' return, the quarterback battle and the draft. During that discussion with the draft, Saban made it clear he wasn't particularly thrilled with the Dolphins not having picks right now between the No. 2 overall selection and the sixth pick in the round, the one the Dolphins acquired from Chicago last August.

But rest assured that Saban will do everything in his power to change that between now and April 23.

The most logical way for the Dolphins to acquire additional picks would be to surrender that No. 2 overall selection in a trade for multiple picks.

As we've mentioned before, one logical trading partner could be the San Diego Chargers, who are coming off a 12-4 season, have two first-round picks and a glaring need at wide receiver.

The Chargers certainly wouldn't mind having a shot at someone like Michigan's Braylon Edwards, considered by some the top prospect in the draft.

We've thrown out this possible trade before -- and again we'll say this is just us talking -- of the Chargers giving Miami the No. 12 and 28 overall selections for the Dolphins' first-round pick and a fourth-rounder.

The Dolphins could still get a quality running back at No. 28 (Vernand Morency or Ciatrick Fason are two possibilities) and get a linebacker (Shawne Merriman perhaps), a safety (Thoms Davis) or a cornerback (many options) at No. 12. Or perhaps even offensive tackle Alex Barron to address the left tackle spot.

The Dolphins also could pick up additional picks if they wind up trading cornerback Patrick Surtain, but the biggest obstacle here is a trading partner signing Surtain to a long-term contract before making a deal with Miami.

Defensive tackle Jeff Zgonina also had been expected to be traded for a pick, to either St. Louis or Kansas City, but the draft is approaching and Zgonina is still with the Dolphins.

So there are possibilities out there, and there's one month remaining before the draft.

We're thinking right now it's still more than likely Saban will get his wish and pick up additional draft choices.

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