Joe Burrow Rumors: Dolphins Against 'Trading the Farm to Move Up To' No. 1

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistApril 13, 2020

LSU quarterback Joe Burrow watches a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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The Miami Dolphins may want a quarterback early in Round 1 but do not appear interested in trading their war chest of draft picks to move up to No. 1 to take Joe Burrow.

Peter King of NBC Sports reported Dolphins general manager Chris Grier and coach Brian Flores are "very much against trading the farm" to add Burrow. King does note that "some" in the Dolphins organization want the reigning Heisman winner, and then subsequently posits Stephen Ross playing the "owner card," though that appears unlikely.

The Dolphins have also been linked to Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert, and at least one should be available at No. 5. Miami could use some of its draft capital to slide up to No. 3 to take its favorite of Tagovailoa or Herbert, a move that would cost far less than convincing the Cincinnati Bengals to pass on Burrow.

After essentially ridding their roster of capable veteran players in 2019, the Dolphins have made a concerted effort to be more competitive in 2020.

The team signed cornerback Byron Jones, linebacker Kyle Van Noy and defensive ends Emmanuel Ogbah and Shaq Lawson, among others—a sign that they have immediate plans to improve. That means a quarterback is almost certainly coming later this month via the draft because the Dolphins don't see themselves in the race for Trevor Lawrence in the 2021 draft.

The Dolphins have three first-round picks and six selections in the top 70. According to the classic trade value chart, Miami would have to give up its second-round pick (No. 39) to move up to No. 3. More modern charts show the compensation would be closer to a third, though that would be dependent on how active the Lions are in talks.

Burrow is almost certainly out of the question. The Bengals have shown no inkling they're willing to move off the pick, and getting them to consider doing so would likely cost Miami nearly its entire asset cupboard. Few believe the difference between Burrow, Tagovailoa and Herbert is enough to make such a sizable sacrifice.


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