|2010 NFL Mock Draft 6.0|
|Another headline trade in this trade-happy NFL offseason unfolded Wednesday morning, creating another fresh set of ramifications and implications on our latest (and penultimate) first-round mock. At a quick glance, the Brandon Marshall-to-Miami deal serves to clear up the draft intentions of both the Dolphins and Broncos:|
In Denver, the end of the team's always-eventful Marshall era seems to open the door wide for the arrival of Dez Bryant, the controversial Oklahoma State receiver who is perhaps the most enigmatic of all 2010 draft prospects. Denver, which holds the 11th pick, now has a crying need for a big-play receiver, and Bryant's price tag in that draft slot will certainly be more affordable than the long-term deal the Broncos had no intention of giving Marshall.
With the second-round pick Denver obtained from the Dolphins (43rd overall), the Broncos own two selections in that round and can target one of the best available safeties, such as South Florida's Nate Allen or Florida's Major Wright, as an eventual replacement for Pro Bowl pick Brian Dawkins.
And in Miami, the Dolphins can now turn their attention fully to defense in the first round, having finally secured a lead receiver who opponents must account for downfield. Miami, at No. 12, is thought to be targeting either Texas outside linebacker-defensive end Sergio Kindle, who would replace free agent Jason Taylor, or top-rated nose tackle Dan Williams of Tennessee.
In the meantime, the Dolphins are probably more motivated than ever to continue shopping receiver-return man Ted Ginn Jr., who has underachieved mightily since arriving as the team's first-round pick in 2007. Landing Marshall makes Ginn eminently expendable.
And now on to our sixth attempt to mock out the April 22 first round, which is just eight days away:
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