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Today has been a huge day for the Miami Dolphins.

First, it was announced that the Miami Dolphins have traded the number three overall pick to the San Fransisco 49ers, per Adam Schefter:

San Francisco will give up the No. 12 pick, a 2021 third-round pick and first-round picks in 2022 and 2023 to Miami in order to move up nine spots in this year’s draft.

Less than an hour later, it was announced that the Dolphins would trade back up the the number six overall pick, per Bleacher Report:

All in all, the Dolphins have received a third round pick, a fifth round pick and a 2023 first round pick for moving down only three spots.

What does this mean for the 2021 NFL Draft’s landscape?

Throughout this offseason it has been no secret that the 49ers are looking for a new quarterback. While Trevor Lawrence seems like a lock to be the first quarterback taken (and first overall pick) in this year’s draft, San Fransisco has been tied to Zach Wilson and Trey Lance as potential targets.

Given the pure magnitude of this trade, it seems that that is the direction they will be taking. By moving up the three, the 49ers have secured a position that guarantees a shot at one of those two. It seems likely that Lance will be their pick, given rampant speculation that Jacksonville and New York will pick Lawrence and Wilson at picks one and two, respectively.

As far as Philadelphia, their strategy may not change at all. It is still quite possible that they take Kyle Pitts at twelve. Pitts has been tied to the Eagles constantly, though it seemed like the sixth overall pick was just a little high to take a tight end, even one as spectacular as Pitts.

For the Dolphins, it is likely that they take either Ja’Marr Chase or DeVonta Smith at six. Despite rumours that they may be in the market for a quarterback for the second year in a row, it is more likely that Flores will opt to address a position of higher need so early in the draft, especially considering they spent the fifth overall pick on Tua Tagovailoa in 2020.

In any case, the Miami Dolphins have been firing on all cylinders today, and it will be quite interesting to see how this changes the landscape for the 2021 NFL Draft come April.

More to come.

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