Let me just start off with this,
Chris Grier my brother your flowers and a round of applause
I will be the first to admit that I had been a skeptic of Chris Grier because of picks like Charles Harris and no RB or WR being drafted before the 6th round, but wow did Chris knock it out of the park in trading back with the 49ers…. So, in the in the midst of me praising Chris Grier and writing this article, He decided that he would make another trade this time with the Philadelphia Eagles so let’s recap all the craziness so far.
The First Deal:
— Juan C 5RSN (@exclusvty) March 26, 2021
This bomb shocked everyone as Flores had previously mentioned picking someone “let’s say in the top 10” so a trade with the 49ers came as a surprise as most expected it to be the Carolina Panthers at 8 who would trade up. For the 49ers this move signals that a QB run will start the 2021 NFL Draft. For the Dolphins the move to 12 signaled serious Najee Harris vibes as the first pick but Chris Grier had other plans apparently, as he was not done dealing for the day.
Trade with Eagles:
Eagles traded their sixth to the Dolphins for No. 12 and their 2022 first-round pick. Teams also swapped mid-round picks — Eagles' pick 156 for No. 123.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 26, 2021
If the deal with the 49ers didn’t kick you off your chair, then the one with the Eagles for sure did. This one move here signifies that the Dolphins aren’t just about wheeling and dealing for picks, but they’ll do it for a specific player as well. I really have to wonder which player or players they have identified as being potential choices for the number 6 overall selection.
New Draft Order:
Updated top 12 picks in 2021 NFL Draft
3) 49ers (from HOU through MIA)
6) Dolphins (from PHI)
12) Eagles (from SF through MIA)
— NFL Draft (@NFLDraft) March 26, 2021
Overall looking at the end result of the 2021 NFL Draft and a couple things standout for me.
- The 2021 NFL Draft will start with 4 straight QB selections.
- The Bengals will have the choice of both Penei and Chase
- And the Dolphins might still have the choice of the top 3 WR and Kyle Pitts at 6.
To round it all up, this move was probably the biggest indicator of Chris Grier playing chess not checkers with the competition. Not only was he able to turn the #3 overall pick into a plethora of riches in the coming years:
Dolphins first round picks over the next 3 years:
No.6 overall pick in 2021 (via PHI)
No.18 overall pick in 2021 (own)
SF's 2022 first-round pick
SF's 2023 first-round pick
Own 2023 first-round pick
— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) March 26, 2021
But he was also able to put the Dolphins in a position where all the options that should be getting considered at 3, are now slam dunk picks at 6 after all the moves.
Chris Grier, you killed this one chief!