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NFL Draft 2012: Writer Calls For Dolphins To Trade Up

The Miami Dolphins missed out in their bid to land former Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher as their head coach, and as the Miami Herald's Greg Cote writes, it saved the franchise a lot of money, money he thinks should be spent on Baylor quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III.

Mr. Ross, you just saved a ton of money on a coach hire. Now, use that same I-will-not-be-outbid attitude, trade with St. Louis to acquire its No. 2 overall draft pick and make dynamic Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III a Dolphin.

If the reaction is, "That could never happen," it won’t.

If the reaction is, "Why not?" it has a chance.

With or without Fisher, this is what Miami must now attempt. Winning Fisher would have been a large step forward, and losing him is a punch to the mouth, but in either case a young franchise quarterback ultimately will have more to do with success or failure the rest of this decade than any head coach.

Cote proposes the Dolphins trade with the St. Louis Rams at No. 2 to ensure they're able to select Griffin. The Rams already have a young quarterback in Sam Bradford, a former Heisman winner himself, so it's possible they might be willing to listen. Signing Griffin to a No. 2 pick-level deal would probably be costly, though. Cote recognizes that, but given the savings of not adding Jeff Fisher as coach, it seems reasonable that there should be money available for Griffin.

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