PONTIFICATING FROM THE SUNSHINE STATE – MARCH 26
By Leo Haggerty
IS LIFE IMITATING THE MOVIES
After the blockbuster trades of today, that involved multiple picks from multiple teams, this question begs to be asked. Did the Miami General Manager, Chris Grier, conjure up the multiple moves that the Fish made today after watching the movie “Draft Day” recently?
The reason why I bring this to your attention is today’s scenario is almost verbatim of what the major plot line was in Draft Day. If you haven’t seen it, I suggest you block a couple of hours. Very entertaining, plus Kevin Costner is excellent as the General Manager of the Cleveland Browns, and it’s worth watching just to see the intricacies of the draft process but I digress.
If you haven’t had a chance to see what transpired today, here’s the particulars. It began with Miami trading their 3rd pick in this year’s National Football League draft to San Francisco. In return, the Dolphins received from the 49ers the 12th pick in the 2021 draft plus San Fran’s 1st and 3rd round picks in 2022 along with their 1st round pick in 2023.
Now, before you go wow, the Fins weren’t finished and proceeded to cut a deal with Philadelphia. Miami sent that 12th pick in this year’s draft that SF just sent them along with their 4th round pick plus the 2022 1st rounder they just acquired from Frisco to the team from The City of Brotherly Love. In return, the Eagles sent to South Florida their 6th pick in this draft along with their 5th round pick.
So, as Joe Friday would say on Dragnet, those are “just the facts” concerning this blockbuster three team trade. Here’s how, I believe, the fortunes of each of the team’s involved have changed for the better or the worse.
First, let’s look at San Francisco. I believe this move signals that the 49ers will be taking one of the two top quarterbacks left on the board. This is assuming Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence is a shoe in to go to Jacksonville with the 1st pick in the draft. That leaves signal callers Zach Wilson from Brigham Young and Justin Fields of Ohio State on the board.
If I were SF GM John Lynch, I would hope the BYU star is the one still on the board. He’s played more games and has the arm strength to spin the pigskin into the tight windows that is required of an NFL quarterback. If those aren’t the players that they aren’t targeting, I feel that this was a wasted trade. That’s because, if San Fran is looking for a QB, they could have got one farther down the draft board and a much lower cost in terms of draft picks.
With all that being said, before you throw The Hall of Famer under the bus, Lynch could be manipulating with another plan in mind in the City by the Bay. The 49ers could be playing possum. If the Jets, who have the second pick, decide not take a quarterback then look what happens. Lynch will be fielding calls to trade that #3 pick and “get back” some future 1st round selections and, being that it’s draft day, the price will be steep on the buyer.
Now, let’s examine Philadelphia. It was just yesterday that I was talking with our KSP correspondent who covers the Eagles, Ken Podolak, that I would hope the Birds could trade down and acquire more draft choice. That’s because there are so many holes that Philly needs to fill with the draft and, in my opinion, they did that in spades.
The Eagles picked up a 2022 first round selection for just moving down six spots in this year’s draft. That’s a win in my book.
Finally, let’s break down what Miami has accomplished. The Dolphins gave up the 3rd pick in the draft and, after the dust settled, still have a first round pick at #6 along with a 2022 3rd rounder along with a 2023 1st round. A big positive for the Fins.
Again, go watch Draft Day. Only because, if today is any indication of what’s to transpire with the 2021 NFL Draft, the fireworks are just beginning so buckle up. It could be a wild ride up until the end of April.