While it’s unlikely, if the Miami Dolphins were able to trade into the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft, one top insider believes they would be targeting one specific player on offense.
As it currently stands, the Miami Dolphins are set to have a very quiet evening on night one of the NFL Draft. However, there is always a chance the team could spice things up and find a way to trade into the first round of the event that starts on Thursday night.
After several trades in recent years, the Dolphins have limited draft assets to offer in a potential deal but that doesn’t mean they won’t try. If Miami is able to swing a deal to jump into the opening round, it seems one specific player that could fall into the 20s has piqued their interest.
In a recent edition of “Football Morning in America,” NFL insider Peter King revealed the prospect the organization would “love” to land on Thursday.
“The Dolphins don’t pick till 51st overall, but if there was some way to climb into the twenties to nab explosive back Jahmyr Gibbs, coach Mike McDaniel would love to do it.”– Peter King
Why Jahmyr Gibbs is a good fit for Miami Dolphins
The running back spot has been a weakness of the Miami Dolphins offense for quite some time, and finding an impact player who can be a long-term answer would be a big win for the team in 2023. While their passing attack showed signs of brilliance in 2022, a bigger threat out of the backfield would go a long way for the Dolphins.
Alabama star Jahmyr Gibbs would be a good fit for Miami because he is an ultra-talented dual threat with big play potential. While he didn’t surpass 1,000 yards on the ground for the Crimson Tide in 2022, his 6.1 yards per carry average shows how dangerous he can be with the ball. However, what makes him an interesting prospect is his ability to catch out of the backfield as well.
During his tenures with Georgia Tech and Alabama, he averaged impressive yards per catch numbers (peaking at over 13 yards per play in 2021) and posted over 400 yards receiving in two of his three seasons in college. In a time when high first-round selections are not used on running backs, if the Miami Dolphins could trade up to the 20s or 30 for Gibbs it could be a very high-value pick for them.