The NFL Draft is never short on drama and things were no different Thursday night at Radio City Music Hall. One of the biggest moments was when the Miami Dolphins, unable to complete a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs for Branden Albert, jumped from 12 to three.
With offensive tackles Eric Fisher and Luke Joeckel already off the board, it was assumed the Dolphins were making the big move to land Lane Johnson, the best tackle left on the board.
The Chiefs had gambled by sitting on the Albert trade until after the first round and it appeared they had lost. It was back to the drawing board for GM John Dorsey when it came to finding a new home for his franchised left tackle.
Then the Dolphins bypassed Johnson in favor of electric edge rusher Dion Jordan and suddenly the trade for Albert could still happen… depending on what it cost to move up.
Turns out the Oakland Raiders fell back to 12 for one of Miami’s second round picks, leaving another pick the round to flip the Chiefs way for Albert.
At this point the two sides have been through so many different starts and stops that this trade almost has to go down. Miami is in desperate need of protection for QB Ryan Tannehill and they aren’t going to land someone equal to Albert at pick 54.