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2013 NFL Draft Rumors: Dolphins Trading Up For Lane Johnson?

The Kansas City Chiefs may want to move back in the 2013 NFL Draft but rumor has it that the Miami Dolphins are looking to trade up.

The Chiefs and Dolphins have been linked as possible trade partners throughout the offseason. Miami is in need of a tackle and the Chiefs are rumored to be looking to unload LT Branden Albert. KC recently used the franchise tag on Albert and the thinking is that the club would like to move him for draft picks and then draft one of the top tackles at No. 1 overall. KC reportedly wants a second-round pick this year and another pick next year for Albert. Miami happens to have an extra second-round pick this year so folks are drawing a logical link between the two clubs.

The problem for the Chiefs is that Miami may be looking to draft a rookie tackle instead of trading for a high-priced veteran.

The new rumor, from, is that Miami is interested in drafting Oklahoma tackle Lane Johnson. The Dolphins pick 12th in the draft and would likely need to move up a few spots to get their guy.


The problem is that the trio of Texas A&M’s Luke Joekel, Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher and Oklahoma’s Lane Johnson likely will be off the board by the time Miami picks at No. 12 overall.

The solution is to trade up, as Ireland is armed with extra second- and third-round picks from last year’s Vontae Davis and Brandon Marshall trades. The Palm Beach Post “keeps hearing” the Dolphins are high on Johnson, and suggests pairing the 12th pick with the 54th or 77th overall to move up.

Whenever’s Daniel Jeremiah is asked about the Dolphins’ draft plans, he starts humming The Jeffersons’ “Movin’ on Up” theme song.

This could be bad news for the Chiefs. While Johnson is a very good tackle, most experts consider Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel and Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher to be better prospects. There is no reason for Miami to trade all the way up to No. 1 to get Johnson as Joeckel and Fisher will likely go first.

Come draft day, Miami may only need to move up a couple of spots to get Johnson. If the Dolphins can pull it off, the Chiefs could find themselves without a trade partner for Albert. If KC’s goal is to get back into the second round of the draft while also unloading Albert’s contract, the Chiefs may need to hope Miami fails to move up.

What do you think, Addicts? Will the Chiefs be able to get a deal done with Miami or will the Dolphins land a rookie tackle instead?

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  • cyberry

    Let them trade up for Joekel!

  • mg2098

    I think the Dolphins are testing the Chiefs right now. They probably want Albert, but don’t want to give up the extra second round pick. All three left tackles could be gone as soon as pick 7. I don’t see how the Dolphins secure their man now that this news broke. KC, Philly, Detroit, and Arizona are all in need of LT’s that wont be there at pick 12.

    • Patrick Allen

      My guess is just that if the Dolphins think they can get Lane Johnson for the same amount of draft picks they can get Albert, why would they trade for Albert? Sure, Albert is proven but Johnson will be WAY cheaper and can play for them longer.

      • mg2098

        True. But at the same time you have to wonder about the Phins willingness to sign Jake Long even after all the regime changes since he was drafted. The new staff might prefer a veteran at LT over a rookie. Who knows. Can’t wait to see what the draft unfolds.

  • Ryan Fitzhugh

    We are not going to get two second round picks for Albert. They should ask for Miami’s extra second and third round picks and just be done with it.

  • Jim Harper

    My feeling all along has been to trade him for a second round pick only. If I were Miami I sure would not want my franchise QB being protected by a rookie.

    • Justin R Groth

      However that argument is flawed when you stop and think about it.

  • drtold

    Chiefs don’t need a left tackle, that’s why they want to trade Albert since he won’t play on the right side. Smith is a lefthander so Chiefs want a veteran (good) takle on the right side. If the Dolphins don’t trade for Albert, they the will have a rookie or someone not as good as Albert protecting their second year QB, which will probably make him take a step back. Chiefs dilema is that they have a lefty at qb but no great right tackle, will they draft a left tackle to protect a left hander? Will it matter if they draft a left tackle and put him at right tackle; he will be a rookie and Smith will probably get killed and everyone will wonder why Smith is not as good as he was in SF.

    • Jason Seibel

      Alex Smith isn’t left handed…

      • drtold

        Alex Smith is indeed left handed and it’s probably what cost him his job in SF. Hard to protect lefty’s, not alot of great right tackles coming out in the draft.

        • Guest

          Alex Smith is as right handed as I am. He’s a lefty that throws right handed?

          • drtold

            A picture says a thousand words.

          • Guest

            The ball is in his right hand, making him right handed…

          • Jason Seibel

            You’re absolutely right, it does. And this picture says: “Hi, I’m Alex Smith, starting quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs. The ball is clearly in my right hand, my back is facing to the left, thus my “blind side.” I’m pretty sure this makes me a right handed quarterback.”

            Is that not what this picture says to you?

          • dominicscarlatti

            Maybe the poster in question has a form of “visual dyslexia?”

          • Jason Seibel

            How are you going to post a picture of the man holding the ball in his right hand and say it proves he’s left handed?

          • Chelsii.

            I don’t know it looks photoshopped to me.

          • Jason Seibel

            It could be. I mean they changed his hat to say 49ers instead of Chiefs. I guess anything is possible.

          • Chelsii.

            See exactly. It’s probably the same people that faked the moon landing. Breaking news on AA Alex Smith is left handed. Imagine his QBR now that he is actually throwing with his right (by right I mean correct) hand this season.

          • Chief Hokie

            ya I’m pretty sure he’s left handed

          • toperspective

            Who are you going to believe…drtold or your lyin’ eyes?

          • Jason Seibel

            I just don’t know who to believe.

          • oldchiefsfan

            I think it’s an optical illusion and the image is reversed! Or Perhaps he knew drtold was going to say he was left handed and is doing this on purpose to add to the discussion.

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          • Joe Sayers

            Dude, he throws with both hands!

        • Jason Seibel

          Not sure where you heard that but go watch some video of him. Just saying…

  • Chief Hokie

    This is only bad news for the chiefs if you want them to trade Albert.

    • micah stephenson

      Thank you. We need Albert.

  • Danny W

    San Diego is the only team that I can think of that may need a left tackle worse than Miami. I’ve heard rumors of them both possibly trying to move up to get a left tackle. I believe Miami will be the odd man out if they don’t trade up because all three will be gone buy the time they pick. If they don’t manage to get a left tackle and don’t decide to go with a guard or perhaps Pugh in the second we may be able to trade Albert. That said I think it’s highly unlikely we get a deal done.

    • dominicscarlatti

      Let’s trade Bad Attitude Branden to the Bolts, then. They’ve already failed with one KC OT with a bad back in Gaither. Maybe they’re ready to try again?!

      • Danny W

        Alberts a baby and I don’t care for him at all.

  • jimfromkcj

    I would venture to say that Miami will more than likely work out a trade with the Browns. They should be able to get their LT Johnson with the 6th pick and the Browns are wanting a 2nd rd pick badly. So I think the Chiefs are the odd man out again.

  • toperspective

    With his 9M franchise tag price and his high demands I don’t think Albert is in much demand. With the rookie wage scale teams would rather pay the rookie wage.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Miami trading up doesn’t hurt the Chiefs. We weren’t going to be able to trade down anyway. That ship has sailed.

  • Too hott

    Sign albert to long term deal with mainly health heavy incentives. Trade 1 over all to miami for number 12, their two 2nd round picks and thier first next year. Can get a good DE or guard with 12, mlb and fs with the 2nd round picks. That’s 3 starters for the 1st pick and next years dolphins 1st. We could pick up a takle later in the draft. The o line would be good.

    • Matthew Colecchia

      What kind of a sucker do you think Jeff Ireland is?? You REALLY think there’s a chance in hell that Miami will give you TWO second rounders AND a first next year so that we can move up to pick 1 and take a tackle when there are three elite tackles in the draft and the third one will be available farther down the board. He should be able to trade up and get Lane Johnson at the cost of a late second rounder.

      That’s almost as funny as your organization thinking Miami would jump all over an over-priced LT with back injury issues AND give up two draft picks to take his costly salary and poor attitude on for you. Ha . . . keep Fat Albert, we don’t want him or your #1 pick. We’ll get a BETTER tackle by trading up a few spots and and only giving up a late second rounder and paying a rookie salary!

  • Marcus J. Walker

    I believe Lane Johnson has a higher ceiling than all these tackles in the Draft. I’m hoping we can trade up and acquire this beast of a man. Hoping ‘Lane’ Johnson will create some ‘lanes’ for Jamaal in the near future.