What Tyreek Hill Trade Means for Dolphins

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images The Miami Dolphins traded five draft picks, including this years first round pick, for Kansas City Wide Receiver Tyreek Hill

What Trading for Hill Means to Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins traded five draft draft picks to the Kansas City Chiefs for Tyreek Hill: this years first and second, picks 29 and 50, as well as this and next years fourth, and next years sixth round pick. Its a high price, but Miami kept its two first round picks in 2023. Hill’s trade gives Miami a strong receiving core of Cedrick Wilson, Jaylen Waddle, tight end Mike Gesicki, and running back Chase Edmonds coming out of the back field.

The pressure grows for Tua Tagovailoa with Hill’s trade. The improvement on the offensive line with the acquisitions Terron Armstead and Connor WIlliams, along with adding running backs Edmonds and Raheem Mostert, means Miami’s using this season to see if Tua is the teams quarterback going forward.

Dolphins Record Trading for Wide Receivers and Holes to Fill

On the plus side the Miami Dolphins traded for receivers Irving Fryar and Paul Warfield. Fryar made his first Pro Bowl in 1993 and Warfield made the Hall of Fame. More recently the team traded for Mike Wallace and Brandon Wallace. Neither receiver had the same success with Pittsburgh and Chicago, respectively.

The mixed record acquiring receivers is not the only issue with Hill’s trade. Miami still has other holes to fill, particularly at linebacker. Questions of who the Dolphins cut and keep on the offensive line still remain. Cornerback Xavien Howard, one of the best in the the NFL, wants his contract restructured. Edge rusher, and an improved pass rush overall, is still a need as well.

Head Coach Mike McDaniel and his offensive staff have to be happy with the moves GM Chris Grier made this offseason. Hill’s trade leaves a question as to how Miami builds the rest of its defense and offensive line. Five draft picks currently remain to answer those questions, the first not until the third round. How, and if the team does, will determine if the Dolphins are real contenders in a crowded AFC.

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