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Report: Dolphins interested in moving up to No. 3 in draft for offensive lineman

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The Miami Dolphins currently hold the fifth overall pick in Thursday’s NFL Draft, and the wide-ranging assumption is that they will take a quarterback at that spot. However, they are reportedly interested in moving up the board to put themselves in position to draft an … offensive lineman?

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Dolphins have been calling teams ahead of them to determine if they can trade up. The most interesting part of the report is that they are supposedly not looking to move up for Tua Tagovailoa or Justin Herbert.

There are several offensive linemen that could go in the top 10, and the Dolphins would likely take either Alabama’s Jedrick Wills Jr. or Georgia’s Andrew Thomas if they draft a player at that position with their first pick. Miami has three picks in the first round, but it seems highly unlikely that they would be able to get Tagovailoa or Hebert at No. 18 overall.

The Dolphins could either be simply doing their due diligence or trying to deceive other teams. But if they’re serious about trading up for an offensive lineman, that would not be a popular move among fans. It could also open the window for a certain division rival to rocket up the board in pursuit of Tagovailoa.

Should the Dolphins pass on both Tagovailoa and Herbert, fans will immediately start the “tanking” talk again. Some believe they may actually want to put themselves in position to draft Trevor Lawrence next season, and not taking a quarterback in the top five would breathe life into that theory.

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