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Report: Dolphins look to trade up for offensive tackle

The Dolphins leak newsthey want to trade up with the Lions for the third pick in the NFL draft.

The Miami Dolphins logo on the video board during the first round at the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Statium on April 26, 2018 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington Texas. Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

News out of Miami has been scant as to what they are looking to do with their 5th overall pick, but 24 hours before the draft, rumors are leaking out. They are looking to trade up, not to secure Tua Tagovailoa, but instead to draft a tackle, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

The Dolphins have been tight-lipped about their intentions and this leak comes a day before the draft, which should give us pause in considering it’s validity. There are a nice core group of offensive lineman in the draft and if they want one, they’re getting a top player at No. 5 without giving up any draft capital. If the report turns out to be true, the Dolphins stand a good chance to make a mistake with their first pick.

This report could also be a complete smokescreen, as the Dolphins and Chargers and maybe even a wildcard team could look to trade with the Lions for their third overall pick to secure Tagovailoa. The Lions don’t lose much if they drop from third to fifth, so they might give up the pick relatively cheaply if there isn’t a bidding war. The Dolphins could also be trying to drive down interest by saying they want a lineman there instead of quarterback.

Of course, this is all speculation and nearly impossible to parse, as there is too much riding on such a high pick to trust any reports fully at this point in the process.