NFL Draft Rumors: Dolphins, Raiders, 49ers

Before the Dolphins stuck at No. 5 overall and drafted quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, there were rumblings that Miami wanted to trade up not for a signal-caller, but for an offensive tackle. Had the Dolphins followed through with that plan, they would have been targeting Georgia’s Andrew Thomas, tweets Ian Rapoport of Thomas ended up coming off the board to the Giants at No. 4, so Miami would have had to get to the third overall pick in order to have a chance. The Dolphins ended up finding an offensive tackle later in Round 1 with USC’s Austin Jackson:

Here’s more from last night’s action:

  • The Falcons were heavily linked not only to a potential trade up, but specifically to Florida cornerback C.J. Henderson prior to the draft. Atlanta did want to move up for Henderson, per Rapoport (Twitter link), but they couldn’t find a trade partner for a number of reasons. Both the Dolphins and Chargers wanted quarterbacks, the Panthers refused to trade within the division, the Cardinals were stuck on Isaiah Simmons, and the Jaguars wanted Henderson for themselves.
  • The Raiders were attempting to trade back from the 12th pick before selecting Alabama wideout Henry Ruggs, according to Vic Tafur of The Atheltic (Twitter link). Speculatively, Las Vegas may have been happy to land any of the top-three pass-catchers and figured it could move down, acquire more picks, and still find a wide receiver. Instead, the Raiders surprisingly went with Ruggs, who was widely viewed as the third-best WR behind CeeDee Lamb and Jerry Jeudy.
  • After trading DeForest Buckner to the Colts in March, the 49ers “quietly” tried to sign several free agent defensive tackles with no success, tweets Rapoport. Instead, San Francisco moved back one pick before adding South Carolina defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw. According to Tom Pelissero of (Twitter link), Kinlaw was off at least one team’s board due to medical issues. Most clubs, however, deemed him only a “moderate” injury risk.
  • The Cowboys debated between Lamb and LSU edge rusher K’Lavon Chaisson at pick No. 17 before ultimately deciding on Lamb, per Rapoport (Twitter link). Chaisson was a popular target for Dallas in many mock drafts, but when Lamb unexpectedly fell to the middle of Round 1, the Cowboys couldn’t pass. Dallas will now feature a superb three-WR set of Lamb, Amari Cooper, and Michael Gallup.
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    • Chris G.

      It should improve, they have 3 second year starters with upside. Peppers was solid and they added Bradberry. They’ll probably draft McKinney tonight if he falls to the 4th pick.

  1. dondi

    The Raiders were attempting to trade back from the 12th pick is NOT what Mayock said….Teams called and offered to trade with them….very different…RaiderHaters!!!

    • TJECK109

      So if someone calls and makes you an offer and you counter the offer… are you attempting to trade?

      Just because they didn’t initiate the call doesn’t mean they didn’t exchange offers with other teams that would have had them move back. All semantics

    • Appalachian_Outlaw

      They completely botched the 1st round anyway, and that’s coming from a Raiders fan. They could’ve taken Ruggs at 19, if he was #1 on their board. I think Lamb will be the best of the group though. At any rate, they felt different. But why not take Terrel at 12, and Ruggs at 19? Instead they reached for need at 19, taking a 2nd or 3rd rd.corner. I remember an analyst saying you never reach for need. Oh wait, that guy is the LV GM now. Smh.

      • jmac70

        U take Ruggs at 12 because There is no guarantee that Ruggs would be there at 19. Also how different would your opinion be on Arnette if Mayock was on tv pumping him up.

        • Appalachian_Outlaw

          Ruggs would’ve 100% been there at 19. Denver was the only team that needed a WR between 12-19, and they would still take Jeudy I think because they were so heavily connected. Dallas didn’t need a WR, but Lamb was too good to pass on, and let him slide to Philly. Seriously doubt Dallas would’ve taken Ruggs.

          • Equinsu Ocha

            couldn’t agree more. but then again they did this last year when they took Ferrell too early. I agree that Lamb was the pick at 12. I gotta hope that Ruggs’ speed turns him into a Tyreke Hill type of WR that proves me wrong

            • JoeBrady

              My guess is that they wanted to stretch the field a bit. I think Lamb is great, but I don’t know if his strength is going vertical. I don’t want 5 guys working the first ten yards of the field.

  2. crosseyedlemon

    The Niners seriously thought free agent DTs would be chomping at the bit to join the team after they got rid of Buckner? That’s just too funny.

        • yourmomsbox

          Maybe the price got out of hand so they didn’t sign them. You’re assumptions and taking this information as evidence that free agent DL’s “didn’t want to” play for the NFC Champions just proves that you are the type of reader these sportswriters are targeting… low IQ.

          • crosseyedlemon

            Or maybe the players the Niners approached were thinking “If Lynch has no appreciation for a great player like Buckner he sure as heck isn’t going to appreciate or reward someone like me”.

    • TJECK109

      Yeah who in their right mind would want to join a team that just played in the SB. I’d much rather be a rotational piece in NY

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