So many times the Dolphins’ draft story is written weeks before draft night. Take 2001. Personnel director Tom Braatz and general manager Rick Spielman wanted to draft quarterback Drew Brees. Offensive coordinator Chan Gailey didn’t.
Coach Dave Wannstedt backed Gailey in taking cornerback Jamar Fletcher, who lasted three years in the league.
Or take 2005. Nick Saban expected to draft Utah quarterback Alex Smith with the No. 2 pick. That depended on the top-rated quarterback, USC’s Matt Leinart, coming out as a junior. Leinart stayed in school. San Francisco took Smith at No. 1.
Now the story is already written, too. The Dolphins traded out of the third pick for the sixth pick and, essentially, a fifth-round pick this draft and a first-round pick in 2023. I didn’t think they got enough present-day value in the deal.
General manager Chris Grier said two notable things on Wednesday regarding the trade:
1. A similarly valued player will be available at No. 6 as there was at No. 3.
2. Size doesn’t much matter.
The two are related — or they might be depending it all shakes out. But, again, the story already is written for this draft even if the name isn’t yet on the card.
“When made our move,” Grier said Wednesday, “we had targeted a number of players that we liked that we’re comfortable with getting.”
Take the Dolphins big need at receiver. Four could go in the top 10. The Dolphins sound like they’d be fine missing out on Florida’s Kyle Pitts, who’s the top-rated receiving playmaker by most reports.