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How the Dolphins turned a draft pick into three premium players


Prior to launching his NFL career, Trey Lance was a hot commodity to land, requiring three first-round players and a third-round selection for the San Francisco 49ers to progress and pick the No. 3 overall quarterback in of the 2021 draft. Fast forward two years later and it’s the Miami Dolphins whose trade comeback is aging significantly better.

To refresh your memory, here is how the trade initially went down:

San Francisco acquired Lance while handing out the No. 12 overall draft pick in 2021, first-round picks in 2022 and 2023, and a third-round pick in 2022 to Miami.

However, that comeback package has become quite the loot of the Dolphins, just 19 months later.

During that same draft night, which saw Lance shake hands with commissioner Roger Goodell while holding a 49ers jersey, the Dolphins opted to distribute the No. 12 pick to the Philadelphia Eagles for No. 123 with a first round of 2022.

With this first round of 2022, the Dolphins selected wide receiver Jaylen Waddle at No. 6. In Week 16 during his rookie run in Miami, Waddle set a new NFL record with his 104th reception of the season, breaking Anquan Boldin’s previously set record of 101. Assembling his follow-up this season, Waddle is on the right track. In eight games played, the 23-year-old had 727 receiving yards (4th in the NFL) with five touchdowns (tied for 3rd).

On March 23, instead of making another acquisition through the draft, the Dolphins dealt one of their first rounds of 2022 from the 49ers (No. 29 overall) to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for wide receiver Tyreek. Hill.