Top News: Ajayi Traded, Roster Moves & More

The NFL trading deadline didn’t pass quietly for the Dolphins, who were involved in a major Tuesday when they acquired a fourth-round pick from the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for running back Jay Ajayi.

The trade gives the Dolphins eight picks in the 2018 draft at this moment. They have an extra seventh-round pick from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and sent their fifth-round choice to New Orleans in a trade for linebacker Stephone Anthony on Sept. 19.

Ajayi became the first Dolphins player traded during a season since 2015 when cornerback Will Davis was sent to the Baltimore Ravens for a seventh-round draft pick.

He was acquired for the draft pick the Eagles received from the Vikings in the 2016 trade that sent quarterback Sam Bradford to Minnesota.

The last time the Dolphins traded a running back was in 2008 and the other team involved was the Eagles back then as well. Miami got a fourth-round pick for Lorenzo Booker in a draft-day trade.

Next in line: With Ajayi no longer on the roster, the question becomes, who will take over as the starting running back? It was interesting to note that the depth chart included in the weekly game information release for the upcoming game against the Oakland Raiders listed Damien Williams “or” Kenyan Drake as the first-team running back. First-year player Senorise Perry is the other running back on the roster.

Roster spots open: The Dolphins made three other personnel transactions Tuesday and found themselves with two open roster spots. Wide receiver Rashawn Scott was activated from Physically Unable to Perform list, and safety Nate Allen and guard Anthony Steen both were placed on injured reserve. The moves left the Dolphins with 51 players on the active roster.

Coming soon?: Guard Ted Larsen, who has been on injured reserve all season, is eligible to be activated now that it has been eight weeks since he was placed on IR. Larsen can practice up to three weeks before he’s activated if the Dolphins decide to go that route.

Mock season: Even though we haven’t even reached the halfway mark of the 2017 regular season, the mock draft parade already has begun. One from Pro Football Focus’ Steve Palozzolo had the Dolphins selecting Notre Dame guard Quentin Nelson in the first round. Palazzolo said this about Nelson: “He is a dominant run blocker, currently leading the nation with a 94.3 grade, and he’s showed continued improvement in pass protection where he’s only allowed two pressures this season.” Keep in mind the 2018 NFL draft isn’t until April 26-28.