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Dolphins Weigh Draft Options - Trade For Josh Rosen Possible?

Alex Donno
April 24, 2019 - 3:31 pm

On the eve of the NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins have plenty of critical decisions looming. 

Will they stand pat with the thirteenth overall pick, or would it be in the franchise's best interests to trade up for a franchise player, or even trade down to acquire more selections?

General manager Chris Grier has plenty of holes to fill, especially when it comes to the trenches of the offensive and defensive lines. 

While it would be sensible to spend their thirteenth pick on a defensive lineman like Clemson's Christian Wilkins, one also has to wonder if Miami could be tempted by a quarterback.

Missouri's Drew Lock could very well be on the board when Miami picks. Some even forecast a chance that Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins might be available. Haskins was once considered the top quarterback prospect this year, but his stock has seemingly taken a hit since Kyler Murray declared. 

Or, what if Miami makes a deal for a top ten pick from a year ago? 

If the Arizona Cardinals are planning to select Kyler Murray at number one, they'll certainly be open to trading Josh Rosen. They selected the former UCLA quarterback at tenth overall last year, one pick ahead of Miami (who went with S Minkah Fitzpatrick.) 

In a piece for Pro Football Talk, Peter King discussed the possibility of the Dolphins acquiring Rosen for a third round pick. To King, Miami's 78th overall selection might be the best offer the Cardinals would receive. 

"I’d be really interested if I were Miami," wrote King. "Imagine trading the 78th pick and having a year to see if Rosen has a chance to be the long-term guy. If the Dolphins are unconvinced at the end of 2019, they could use a first-round pick (plus other draft capital if need be) to draft the quarterback of the long-term future in a year when the quarterback crop is better than this year."

According to King, the Dolphins have spent the most time researching Rosen in recent weeks. 

In my opinion, King is 100-percent right. Trading a third round pick for Rosen carries little risk, but great potential for  reward. Sure, he only completed 55.2-percent of his passes in Arizona last year, but that team was a mess. It's hard to say how much blame should be on Rosen when his O-line couldn't block for him. 

Plus, Rosen would be a bargain financially. He has three years left on his rookie season. He'll only cost you $1.29 million in guaranteed money next season.

If Rosen doesn't convince head coach Brian Flores that he can be an elite franchise quarterback, you can still draft Tua in 2020, moving forward with little consequence. At that point, you can try and trade Rosen, or even keep him around as a backup until his contract expires. 

If Rosen for a third round pick is truly an option, the Dolphins should jump at the opportunity.