Taylor Trade Now Complete

Now that the regular season is over and the Washington Redskins are out of the playoffs, we know exactly just how good that second-round pick the Dolphins got in the Jason Taylor trade will be. And it will be a lot better than it appeared when Washington reached the halfway point of the season with a 6-2 record.

To end the suspense, that second-round pick will be the 12th in the round and the 44th overall in the 2009 draft.

The Redskins finished with an 8-8 record, tied with five other teams at the same record. Those five teams will have picks 12 through 16 in the first round and rotate every round.

Washington will pick 13th in the first round and then move up to 12 in the second round, with that pick going to the Dolphins.

So the trade became Jason Taylor for the 44th overall selection in the 2009 draft. Considering the Dolphins made the playoffs without Taylor and he produced little in an injury-marred season, that certainly would make it a worthwhile move.

For reference purposes, the 44th overall pick in the 2008 draft belonged to Chicago, which selected Tulane running back Matt Forte.

Back to the 2009 draft, the Dolphins' own first-round selection will be either the 25th, 26th or 27th depending on playoff results.

The Dolphins tied with New England, Baltimore and Atlanta at 11-5, but New England will get the first pick among those teams because it didn't make the playoffs.

Atlanta currently is next in line and will pick 26th if it loses at Arizona Saturday; if Atlanta wins and moves to the second round of the playoffs, then the loser of the Baltimore-Miami game will get the 26th overall pick.

Keep in mind that the two Super Bowl participants pick 31st and 32nd in every round regardless of record.


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