Dolphins in holding pattern as Bengals, Lions keep their options open ahead of 2020 NFL draft

Safid Deen, Sun Sentinel on

Published in Football

MOBILE, Ala. -- Senior Bowl coaches Zac Taylor and Matt Patricia may not yet know -- or want to say -- what they are going to do with their respective picks in the 2020 NFL draft, but they certainly know what month it is.

Taylor and the Cincinnati Bengals own the top pick, where LSU quarterback Joe Burrow is the presumed favorite to be taken after his standout, national championship season. But Taylor has not committed to drafting Burrow, or being open to a possible blockbuster trade, just yet.

Ohio State star defensive end Chase Young could be taken with the second pick, owned by the Washington Redskins, which could leave Patricia and the Detroit Lions in position to dangle their No. 3 pick for teams looking to move up in the draft.

Those instances could be welcoming or concerning for the Miami Dolphins, who own the No. 5 pick and are in the market for a franchise-changing quarterback like Burrow, injured Alabama star Tua Tagovailoa or Oregon's Justin Herbert among others available in this year's draft.

The Dolphins, led by coach Brian Flores and general manager Chris Grier, must also account for what other NFL teams could do to get into the top 5 before the draft begins on April 23 in Las Vegas.

Here's some early chatter from the Senior Bowl week regarding that front:


-- The Carolina Panthers could quickly move to draft a quarterback after hiring new coach Matt Rhule and new offensive coordinator Joe Brady this offseason.

-- The Oakland Raiders, who have two first-round picks, could be open to making a move, which could also include moving quarterback Derek Carr.

-- The Los Angeles Chargers, who own the No. 6 pick behind Miami, could be in the market to move up in the draft to find Phillip Rivers' replacement.

-- Also, it's still too early in Tagovailoa's recovery from a hip injury to warrant making a splash for his services. There's still more to discover in February, March and hopefully during his live throwing session in April.


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