The trade down scenario
You have seven picks and seven significant needs. The math simply does not favor the Dolphins hitting on every pick to fill all the needs.
The answer? Get more picks OR have fewer needs.
Having fewer needs is out of the question right now, and in fact, that list increased two days ago when Ricky Williams lost his appeal and will serve a minimum one-year suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
So the Dolphins must get more picks and the only way to do that Saturday and Sunday is to trade down. Already the team has been involved in conversations feeling out other teams about trade-down scenarios (see my story in Thursday's Miami Herald) so the potential is there.
Unfortunately, Miami needs trade partners that are casting lustful eyes at particular players for those trades to happen while the team is on the clock.
That being the case, Dolphins fans should pray Jay Cutler sinks like lead Saturday because he is probably the most valuable commodity that could be available when Miami picks and there will be teams behind the Dolphins vying to trade up and get him.
If Cutler goes before the No. 16 pick (which I personally believe he will), Miami's chances of getting a trade-down scenario with teams like the Jets, Carolina and Chicago still exist, but are not quite as clear cut.
If the Dolphins luck out and find a victim, I mean a trade partner, you can expect them to get at least a fourth-round selection out of any move, and as high as a second round pick if their retreat is to the end of the first round.
So here's your homework: Tell me what players of value (other than Cutler) may still be available when Miami picks and match those players to a team behind Miami -- likely one with multiple picks in some later round -- that has a desperate need for that spot or player.
I'll check back throughout the day Thursday and tell you what the trade value chart says Miami can expect in return for the possible exchange.
You're on the clock!