2020 NFL Draft: Why a Dolphins trade up to pick one makes sense

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 25: Joe Burrow #QB02 of the LSU Tigers speaks to the media at the Indiana Convention Center on February 25, 2020 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) *** Local Capture *** Joe Burrow
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 25: Joe Burrow #QB02 of the LSU Tigers speaks to the media at the Indiana Convention Center on February 25, 2020 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) *** Local Capture *** Joe Burrow /

Could the Dolphins use their draft assets and make a move up to the first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft? It may be the right move.

What is the point of drafting a quarterback if it isn’t the best one available? This year it is Joe Burrow who has captivated scouts with his poise, awareness, ball placement, and charisma. Although the two most NFL ready signal-callers are Tua Tagovailoa and Joe Burrow, most have Burrow written in permanent marker and already at the podium for the Cincinnati Bengals. However, what if the Miami Dolphins were to trade up to the number one pick in the 2020 NFL Draft to select Burrow? The Bengals have more needs than just at the quarterback position and would benefit from additional draft capital in order to build the team first so that they are ready to take on a young quarterback and put him in a position to succeed.

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The Miami Dolphins are in a much better place with their roster to draft a young signal-caller. With the defense only a few pieces away from a very solid unit and an offense only a playmaker away from being able to make a legitimate run for the AFC East title, finding their guy this year is imperative. Alabama’s Tagovailoa has injury and durability concerns. Oregon’s Justin Herbert has tremendous potential but can be wildly inconsistent. If Burrow is the guy for Miami, all steps should be taken to make sure he is in a Dolphins’ uniform next season. The Bengals are in a tricky situation, with several set pieces away from being a threat, adding top picks in the draft would be enticing to Cincinnati. As we have seen in the past, talented quarterbacks that are not protected diminish quickly in the NFL, see

Tony Romo


Cam Newton


Andrew Luck

, and more. If you are drafting a quarterback for the future, the first priority should be protecting them and the Bengals are in desperate need of offensive line. With picks acquired from the trade with the Dolphins, the Bengals will be in prime position for next year’s draft to trade up and take Trevor Lawrence, an arguably better prospect.

Dolphins Proposal:

5th overall, 18th overall, 56th overall, 2021 First Rounder, and

Josh Rosen

In order for the Dolphins to trade up, expect multiple first-round picks to be dealt, including pick five, 18, and a future first-round pick. A second-round pick, pick 56 would most likely be in the mix too, also, the Dolphins may consider including young journeyman Josh Rosen as well.

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, Rosen has a high upside and is on a cheap rookie contract and would be a viable starting option for the upcoming season. For the Bengals, at pick five they would be in a prime position to take the best available offensive lineman. At 18 the best player at a position of need would immediately bolster their roster. This is the same option they would have with pick 56 as well. As for the future first-round pick, this would be used as capital to trade up in next year’s draft for a top quarterback. Right now, a quarterback does not fix the Bengals, so why not prepare for the future? The Bengals could be looking at Jonah Williams and Jedrick Wills as their franchise tackles instead of having to rely on someone liken

Bobby Hart

. If this trade goes through, the Dolphins are taking Joe Burrow and not looking back. In fact, the Miami Dolphins have made it clear that they are willing to trade up for their quarterback. Dolphins fans that are upset by this scenario because a guy like Tagovailoa or Herbert will be there at pick five are lying to themselves. Teams will trade up to take their quarterback. History says so, and it will continue to happen. If Joe Burrow is the guy Miami wants, they will give up what it takes to make it happen. With that out of the way, why Burrow?

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Burrow adds not only on the field talent, but intangibles, he has the “it factor.” With a playstyle resembling Tony Romo while willing his team to victory just as

Tom Brady

, the sky is the limit for this young signal-caller. He does not have the best arm in the class but does show incredible poise in the pocket, toughness, anticipation, and awareness that top quality quarterbacks possess. Go get your guy Miami!