We all assumed the Dolphins lost out on a second-round pick when they were unable to trade down out of the 15th spot last night.
The feeling is that they want to jump ahead of the Raiders who select 48th. If that is indeed the case, it’s quite possible that the Dolphins are targeting Colin Kaepernick, as the Raiders reportedly let Colin know he is number one on their draft board.
Other possibilities would be Andy Dalton and Ryan Mallett, but I think it’s fairly obvious that if the Dolphins are trying to acquire a second-round pick, they are doing so because there is a quarterback they want.
The price to make such a move would be costly, however. Without having a second-round pick to swap with another team, the Dolphins would possibly have to give up a selection as high as next year’s first, but more than likely this year’s third, fourth, and a mid-round selection in 2012.
If the Dolphins are convicted either Kaepernick, Dalton, or Mallett can be a franchise quarterback, it would be worth it. But if they feel so strongly about one of them, you have to wonder why they didn’t just take whoever it is at fifteen.
You all know where I stand on this, though. I’ve been a huge advocate of Ryan Mallett throughout this whole process. I just feel like some team is going to get a great steal whenever Mallett comes off the board tonight. He’s the only player I would give up so many picks to move into the second round for. But that’s just me.
I get the feeling the Dolphins would make such a move for Colin Kaepernick. Besides wanting to leapfrog the Raiders, who appear to be a strong contender to draft Kaepernick, Jason La Canfora reported earlier today that the Dolphins strongly considered taking him at fifteen. And this isn’t the first time Kaepernick has been linked to Miami.
It’s not that I dislike the kid. I think he’s got great tools and a fantastic head on his shoulders. But I just worry how he will transition to a pro-style offense after running the pistol at Nevada. He seems like the definition of a project to me. I don’t know if this regime has time to invest in a project.