With two first-round picks, No. 6 and No. 18 overall, the Miami Dolphins are set to emerge from Thursday night with two impactful players. With their trade of guard Ereck Flowers to Washington on Tuesday, they may have signaled their ideal scenario. The move of Robert Hunt to guard is further proof.
Despite opting out of last season at Oregon, Penei Sewell is widely considered the best offensive tackle in this year’s draft. With the Cincinnati Bengals sure to consider him with the fifth pick, it’s no guarantee he’s available for Miami at No. 6. Before they go on the clock again at No. 18, Northwestern’s Rashawn Slater will probably be gone. So that second chance to get an offensive tackle in the first round will likely leave the Dolphins with Christian Darrisaw, Teven Jenkins and some others as viable options.
If Sewell is not available at No. 6, Slater could be the offensive tackle pick for the Dolphins there. They have the draft capital to move up and get Slater, if they went another direction at 6.
The Dolphins can let it out they want Sewell with the sixth pick all they want to. In the not-so veiled effort to get that out there, a beat writer can cite sources and mention him as a possibility there to their heart’s content. Cincinnati might even line Sewell up for them, by taking Ja’Marr Chase, Kyle Pitts or someone else. But the Bengals are the fly in that Sewell-driven ointment for Miami, as they consider what should still be a no-brainer pick to lock down Joe Burrow’s blindside for years to come at No. 5.
This week brings ramped up pre-draft misinformation from all directions. Any effort by the Bengals to throw us off their trail to Sewell is an attempt at misdirection. The Dolphins might be buying it though. It’s also possible the Dolphins are part of the recent “anonymous scout” effort to get Sewell to fall. But if Sewell winds up taking his talents to South Beach, it will require more than the Dolphins trying to will it into existence.