2011 NFL Draft: Miami Dolphins and 5 First Round Trade-Down Scenarios

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2011 NFL Draft: Miami Dolphins and 5 First Round Trade-Down Scenarios

Timing has never been kind to the Miami Dolphins. In 2005, Miami was in desperate need of a quarterback, but that year's draft class featured only two worthy candidates: Alex Smith and Aaron Rodgers.

Smith went first overall, and Rodgers was deemed inferior and fell to No. 24, leaving the Dolphins to invest the second overall pick in Ronnie Brown, who has never quite lived up to the hype.

This year, the Dolphins, at 15th overall, will likely be on the outside looking into a quarterback class that could contain the solution to their post-Dan Marino struggles. Because those quarterback prospects project to go before Miami picks, consensus is growing that the 'Fins will trade down.

However, all of those mock drafts and speculation stating such fail to specify how the Dolphins will trade down.

The following five scenarios provide a look at the likeliest instances for the Dolphins to trade down from the 15th pick in the draft. Believe it or not, based on the teams picking after the 'Fins, the timing might be perfect for them to strike a deal and move down in the draft. (In all of these scenarios comes the chance Miami will throw in extra picks and players, but for simplicity's sake, let's keep it simple.)

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