Each year the Dolphins have made at least one trade to either move up or down in a given round, but only once has that deal involved the first round: 2010, when they traded out of the 12th overall spot (the Chargers wanted RB Ryan Matthews) and wound up drafting Jared Odrick 28th and Koa Misi in the second round (40th overall).
“It depends on what the other team is looking for,” Ireland said during his recent visit to the Sun Sentinel offices. “It’s all a matter of what that team that holds that spot that you’re trying to get up to is looking for. Right now I don’t know what they’re looking for. You obviously have to take into account the player you’re looking to acquire and how that player affects your football team.
“But right now, we’re still in the due-diligence process of trading back, trading up. That stuff doesn’t get going until a later date. We’re just trying to get our staff in place and try to get them all lined up right now from a players standpoint.”
Remember, there had been talk that to grab Andrew Luck at No. 1 overall, the Colts might be looking for an unprecedented THREE first-rounders in return. Put it this way, if you go by the traditional draft value chart and add up the Dolphins’ entire 2012 draft, you still wouldn’t have enough value (2, 291 points) to offset the 2,600-point value assigned to the second overall pick.