As the Kansas City Chiefs continue to try and figure out who they will be taking with the first overall pick in this month’s NFL Draft, they will also be weighing offers from teams interested in acquiring the pick.
With new GM John Dorsey and head coach Andy Reid working without a second round pick following the Alex Smith trade, they will no doubt be looking for ways to restock the draft shelves. And the Miami Dolphins — owners of 11 picks — could be the team to help with that task.
In addition to having an abundance of selections, the Dolphins are also still looking to fill the spot left at left tackle by Jack Long’s departure. Miami GM Jeff Ireland knows he has what it takes to get a deal done.
“I’ve got enough ammunition to get to the first pick if I wanted to, but I don’t see myself doing that, personally,” he told the Palm Beach Post.
But Ireland made an interesting note when talking to the paper about drafting linemen early.
“If I get another (Mike) Pouncey and another Jake Long, I would do it every draft. I wish I had a whole team full of Mike Pounceys and Jake Longs, to be honest with you. I know what I’m getting every single day with those guys.”
Owning the 12th pick in the fist round, the Dolphins aren’t going to get a “can’t miss” guy on the line unless somehow Central Michigan tackle Eric Fisher falls. He could, however, get the best lineman available in Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel by moving into the top spot.
Obviously talking about trading up in the draft isn’t usually the way to go about trading up, but as we’ve seen over the years, Ireland isn’t exactly the most conventional general manager.
I think it still makes the most sense to stay put at the top of the draft and take Joeckel, but would be happy to move back into the 8-15 range and recoup the picks lost in the trade with the San Francisco 49ers.