After watching the San Francisco 49ers slip into the NFL playoffs in the final week of the regular season and advance to the NFC Championship Game, the Dolphins now know where their first-round pick stands in 2022.
The Dolphins will pick No. 29 overall in the NFL Draft on April 28 after the Los Angeles Rams defeated the 49ers on Sunday to advance to Super Bowl 56, which will be played at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif., on February 13.
Miami acquired San Francisco’s 2022 first-round pick in a pre-draft trade, moving up from the No. 3 spot in 2021 to No. 12. The Dolphins also received a third-round pick in 2022 and the first-round pick of the 49ers in 2023. Miami would later trade the No. 12 overall pick, their original 2022 first-rounder and a 2021 fourth-rounder to the Philadelphia Eagles to return to No. 6 and draft wide receiver Jaylen Waddle. The Eagles will pick No. 15 overall with Miami’s pick traded to them.
Recent players selected with the No. 29 overall pick include cornerback Eric Stokes, offensive tackle Isaiah Wilson and defensive end LJ Collier.
Draft prospects that meet the Dolphins’ needs and may be available at this slot include Penn State wide receiver Jahan Dotson, Arkansas wide receiver Treylon Burks, Alabama wide receiver Jameson Williams, offensive tackle Michigan center Bernhard Raimann and Alabama inside linebacker Christian Harris.
The 49ers’ elimination from the playoffs also means the Dolphins are free to officially hire head coaching candidate Mike McDaniel, who is expected to be interviewed for the second time early next week.
McDaniel, San Francisco’s offensive coordinator, and Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore are both scheduled to speak with the team in its second round of interviews.
This story was originally published January 30, 2022 10:13 p.m.