“Elliott adds some diversity to a listless offense that finished 23rd in yards rushing and takes defensive attention away from emerging young receivers DeVante Parker and Jarvis Landry,” Klemko writes. “The Browns make the deal because they know they can still draft Lynch at 13.”
According to the NFL Draft Trade Chart, the difference in value of the No. 8 pick and No. 13 pick is equal to an early third-rounder. Considering the Dolphins have a grocery list of needs at quarterback (more on this Monday), running back, tight end, interior offensive line, defensive line, linebacker, and at cornerback (X2), why on earth would they leverage early draft picks to move up and take a player at one of the most replaceable positions in football?
I have zero doubts Miami would pull the trigger on this move because it’s sexy — Stephen Ross likes sexy and, being a Michigan booster, is probably salivating at the chance to get the Ohio State star — and adds a big-name talent at a skill position, further bolstering their ability to sell the team to fans next year.
As for what’s best for the long-term success of this fledgling franchise, this wouldn’t be the most sensible move. Too many holes.
Considering NOBODY knows what they’re doing when it comes to the NFL Draft, the wise move is to stockpile as many early picks as possible, giving you more darts to throw at potential impact players.