In the return of the Draft News column, we have to discuss a major trade involving the apparent tanking Miami Dolphins and the Pittsburgh Steelers. There were also a couple of major injuries to some 2020 NFL Draft prospects that warrant discussion.
Due to time constraints for me, there will be no Week Three prospect review. This will serve in its place. However, there will be a Week Four Prospect Platter up tomorrow.
The demolition of the Miami Dolphins continues as the alleged tanking process continues. The sizzle-less residents of South Beach traded the former first-round pick, DB Minkah Fitzpatrick, to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a 2020 1st-round pick. The teams also exchanged mid-round picks in 2020 and late-round picks in 2021.
For the Steelers, they get a smart, athletic, defensive leader at a position of need that is a potential all-pro. The interesting thing is the timing. This week we learned QB Ben Roethlisberger will need elbow surgery and miss the season. If Mason Rudolph can’t keep the ship steady then that pick going to Miami could be in the Top-5.
For the Dolphins, they just continue to compile assets. They now have FIVE first-round picks over the next two years. It is an interesting dynamic for sure.
Alabama defensive tackle LaBryan Ray will miss the remainder of the season after injuring his foot early against South Carolina. Ray was considered a Top-60 talent. If he returns to Alabama next year he will have a chance to prove he is back to full health. If he enters the draft, he will likely be a 4th-5th round selection that will have to start on the PUP list next year.
Florida junior QB Feleipe Franks suffered a gruesome leg injury against Kentucky. Dan Mullen already said he will miss the year. It was no guarantee Franks would have declared. However, that is almost for sure not going to happen now.
OTHER NOTES FROM WEEK THREE
The guy many assume the Dolphins are tanking for is Alabama junior QB Tua Tagovailoa. The outstanding prospect did not disappoint against the Gamecocks. Tagovailoa nearly received a perfect score for me when grading his performance against South Carolina.
It helps that he gets to throw to world-class athletes like Henry Ruggs III and Jerry Jeudy. Jeudy is probably the better overall receiver prospect. Ruggs is pure speed. Some scouts think with training, he could potentially run a sub 4.2 forty. To say the draft community would lose their minds would be an understatement.
Until next time…