Another Round 1 NFL draft trade? Dolphins GM Chris Grier will ‘look at our options’
Chris Grier and the Miami Dolphins weren’t ready to remain at No. 12, and they’re not wed to the No. 6 choice in the draft, either.
Talking to press reporters at his yearly pre-draft press conference Wednesday, Grier set out how the Dolphins consummated their back-to-back trades out of their initial No. 3 total position and into No. 6 — however he likewise left the door open for yet another trade.
If that occurs, it might not be till the Dolphins are on the clock next Thursday night.
“As the draft falls and gets towards our pick, if someone wants to call and they make an aggressive pitch to us, we’ll evaluate it, look at the board, and look at our options,” stated Grier, Miami’s basic supervisor.
Probable translation: If receiver Ja’Marr Chase and tight end Kyle Pitts have actually been rubbed out the board, the Dolphins will be responding to on the very first number of rings. If either is readily available, the card may currently be on the method approximately Commissioner Roger Goodell.
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The Dolphins owned the No. 3 choice as part of the return on the Laremy Tunsil trade with Houston, however San Francisco GM John Lynch valued it to land a quarterback. Even after he provided a plan that consisted of the No. 12 total choice and first-rounders in 2022 and 2023, Grier didn’t feel his work was done.
“Once they gave us the offer that we were comfortable with taking, we decided it was important for us also as well to get back into that top 10,” Grier stated. “And once it looked like San Francisco could happen, we kind of reached out to a few teams just gauging whether they would move or not.”
That brought the Dolphins and Philadelphia Eagles together — even if Philly wasn’t the first string Grier gotten in touch with.
“There were a lot of teams that wanted to wait and wanted to wait and see,” Grier stated.
Eagles GM Howie Roseman owned the No. 6 choice, so the offer they settled upon consisted of the No. 12 the Dolphins had actually simply gotten plus a 2022 first-rounder. The 2 smash hit trades were revealed together March 26.
“Philadelphia a very good partner working with,” Grier stated. “Howie did a good job with us in terms of what we were looking for and what we were looking to do. … It takes guts to make a move like that and so I give San Francisco and Philadelphia both credit for doing it.”
Quarterbacks are all however particular to go 1-2-3 with the very first choices, to Jacksonville, the New York City Jets and 49ers. However notched at No. 6, the Dolphins might see No. 4 Atlanta and No. 5 Cincinnati take Pitts and Chase off the board or trade with groups that do. If that happens, Grier said he won’t be second-guessing himself.
“When we made our move, we had targeted a number of players that we liked, we’re comfortable with getting,” Grier said. “So I think with us, when you make a move like we did and doing what we did to get back up, we’re very comfortable where we are. …
“We won’t have any regrets.”
After a totally virtual draft last year because of the pandemic, the NFL is edging toward in-person selections this year. All teams will have one representative at the draft in Cleveland. The Dolphins will have the maximum allowed, 10, inside their draft room in Davie.
“Trying to get back to some sense of normalcy,” Grier said.
Wednesday was the first time Grier addressed reporters since the release of linebacker Kyle Van Noy after one season in Miami.
“We had a lot of young players that were developing and we felt good about, and those guys need to get on the field.”
Van Noy had six sacks last season, which the Dolphins didn’t feel justified his four-year, $51 million contract. Parting ways should mean an even greater role for players such as linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel, 25, who had 5.5 sacks but played only 46 percent of the defensive snaps. Grier cited the “jumps” made by Van Ginkel and tight end Mike Gesicki following their rookie seasons.
This article originally appeared on Palm Beach Post: Miami Dolphins might be open up to another sell 2021 NFL draft
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.