The Miami Dolphins made two trades, and may have acquired their quarterback of the future and addressed their offensive line during the second day of the 2019 NFL draft Friday night.
The Dolphins traded for Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen in exchange for the No. 62 pick in the second round and a fifth-round pick in 2020. They later drafted Wisconsin guard Michael Deiter with the No. 78 pick in the third round.
The Dolphins, in need of a starting quarterback, were a willing trade partner for the Cardinals, who were poised to move Rosen after drafting Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray with the first pick in the draft Thursday night.
Rosen, the former UCLA standout and No. 10 overall pick in the 2018 draft, will have a chance to compete for the Dolphins' starting quarterback job against veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick.
"It was an opportunity to add more competition and talent at a position we've always talked about creating a competitive environment at the position," Dolphins general manager Chris Grier said of Rosen.
"We're happy that we could come to an agreement to benefit both teams."
The Dolphins evaluated Rosen during the draft process last year, with former coach Adam Gase in tow, but valued other quarterbacks like Cleveland Browns starter Baker Mayfield and New York Jets starter Sam Darnold ahead of him in the process.
Now, under new coach Brian Flores and offensive coordinator Chad O'Shea, the Dolphins made the move for Rosen to compete for the starting job, which is vacant after Miami traded away former starter Ryan Tannehill to the Tennessee Titans last month.
"Everyone watched a lot of stuff, and we did a lot of background checks with people in the Arizona organization, UCLA staff that had him, and we had information on him last year, too," Grier said of Rosen.
"Again, we felt comfortable for the value where he was to add him to the roster."
The Rosen trade was the second of the day for the Dolphins, who made an earlier trade with the New Orleans Saints.
The Dolphins traded their No. 48 pick in the second round and No. 116 pick in the fourth to the Saints for two second-round picks — the one they used to trade for Rosen and a 2020 pick — and a sixth-round selection (No. 202) this year.
The new 2020 second-round pick becomes Miami's 13th draft pick next year.
The Dolphins were in negotiations with the Cardinals throughout the day, choosing to trade back in the second round and offer Arizona the lesser of the second-round picks.
"He's always a guy that had a ton of talent," Grier said of Rosen. "He's a smart guy that everyone knows. He's got arm talent, he can throw it. I think what everyone always liked about him was how cerebral he was as well. Again, it's a young, talented guy at a premium position in this league."
The Dolphins will pay the remaining $6.24 million in base salary and roster bonuses over the next three seasons, and could exercise a fifth-year option on Rosen in the future. Rosen agreed to a four-year, $17.6 million deal with the Cardinals last year.
If Miami had drafted a player with the No. 62 pick they traded, the Dolphins could have agreed to a four-year deal worth $4.62 million.
In the third round, the Dolphins drafted Deiter, a redshirt senior who played in 54 straight games during his college career.
Deiter played left tackle and left guard in college, but says he is comfortable playing all three interior line positions.
The Dolphins will select a fifth rounder, a sixth rounder, and two seventh round picks on the final day of the draft on Saturday.
The Dolphins began the draft selecting Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins with the No. 13 pick in the first round on Thursday.
After three rounds, the Dolphins have addressed their needs of or a run-stopping defensive tackle like Wilkins, and a potential starting quarterback in Rosen, and an interior lineman like Deiter.
Miami must also address dire needs for at least two pass rushers, a new starting right tackle, a potential starting cornerback, a receiver who can develop into a No. 1 option, a downhill running back, and another defensive back to square away the secondary.
But, Miami expects to make a splash in the 2020 draft.
The Dolphins will have their first-round pick, and two picks in the second, third, fourth, sixth and seventh rounds next year.
Here's how Miami acquired their extra picks:
-- Second-round pick from New Orleans.
-- Third-round compensatory pick for right tackle Ja'Wuan James' free-agent departure to the Denver Broncos.
-- Fourth-round pick from their trade of Tannehill to the Titans.
-- Sixth-round pick from Miami's trade of defensive end Robert Quinn to the Dallas Cowboys.
-- A seventh-round pick from their 2018 trade of defensive back Jordan Lucas and the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Dolphins are also projected to have a fifth-round pick as compensation for longtime defensive end Cameron Wake, who signed a free-agent deal with the Titans this offseason.
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