The Miami Dolphins pleased your benevolent dictator with their shrewd draft day trade strategy and earned an impressive “A-” grade. All teams start with an average “C” grade and then need to impress me in order to move up. The Dolphins impressed me.
Second round picks can be incredibly valuable assets for GMs and scouts who are good talent evaluators. By moving down 14 spots in 2019, from No. 48 to No. 62, the Dolphins picked up an extra second round pick in 2020. This is incredible trade value! Yes, they also moved down from No. 116 (4th) to No. 202 (6th), but who cares? The right question to ask is whether you would prefer to have two second round picks and one in the sixth, or one second round pick and one in the fourth. If you can’t correctly answer that question, your GED instructor called and would like your certificate back.
As I state in TDI’s Glorious Constitution, teams that draft smartly in the second round can find quality starters. Remember, these starters will play on four-year contracts with very, very small cap hits. By the time their third and fourth years roll around they will be wildly outperforming their cap hits. Now, the Dolphins used pick No. 62 to trade for QB Josh Rosen, the 10th overall pick in the 2018 draft. If he develops into the Dolphins starting QB then this trade could go down as one of the best in the league this year.
Overall the Dolphins net trade rating is a +224 based on the Dallas Draft Value Chart, meaning they got back significantly more value than they gave up. Your dictator agrees. Overall, it was an excellent draft day trade strategy for the Dolphins front office. They have a standing invitation to move in to their own Trade Down Island mansion anytime.