NFL Draft 2013: Miami Dolphins Should Talk Trade With Cleveland Browns, Tennessee Titans

By Thomas Emerick
Lane Johnson San Diego Chargers
Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The word out of South Florida posturing that the Miami Dolphins are quite all right with moving Jonathan Martin to starting left tackle seems a bit fishy to me. The 2012 second-rounder scored the sixth-worst pass block rating among 80 qualifying offensive tackles and performed at his worst in his five games spent on the left side.

No one else on this team inspires confidence as the blindside protector of Ryan Tannehill‘s future so the value of this spot surpasses all others, with the signing of Brent Grimes bumping cornerback definitively behind tackle in priority.

If the rumored deal for Kansas City Chiefs tackle Branden Albert doesn’t work out then the Tennessee Titans‘ No. 10 pick could come in handy. Sitting at No. 12 could allow the last of left tackle mega-trio of Luke Joeckel, Eric Fisher and Lane Johnson to jump off the board thanks to the San Diego Chargers‘ desperate need at No. 11.

The Mock Draftable trade calculator produces fairly even value for a deal including Miami’s 146th (18th pick in fifth round), 111th (14th pick in fourth round) and 12th overall for Tennessee’s 10th overall, with the fourth and fifth-round selections worth five more pick-value points than the difference between pick No. 10 and No. 12.

Another more costly but perhaps necessary option would be the Cleveland Browns No. 6 pick as it could require the Miami 111th (14th pick in fourth round), 82nd (20th in third round), 77nd (15th in third round) and 12th overall selections for Cleveland’s No. 6 pick. This means the Dolphins make up for the 400-point differential between the No. 6 and No. 12 overall by sending 457 points worth of picks, or Miami’s two third-rounders and a fourth along with No. 12.

The Dolphins sit in great position to part ways with these picks thanks to owning a selection in every round and two picks each in rounds two, three and five along with three seventh-rounders. Not giving up a second-rounder could help the Fins snag their No. 2 starting cornerback with the 42nd pick and keep Richard Marshall to nickel packages 2013, upgrading their secondary from disaster to decent in a matter of weeks.

If Tennessee and Cleveland aren’t ecstatic with their options at No. 6 and No. 10 — both look pretty set at tackle — then I think Jeff Ireland could be in touch with Mike Lombardi and Ruston Webster.

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