Maybe Jelani Jenkins will be recovered by the eleventh of next month. Or maybe the Seahawks won't throw much to the running backs and we'll be fine for a week in his absence. But as we hold our collective breath hoping our linebackers hold up each week, it might be worth remembering how we got here.
We have been active on draft day, mainly in the form a trading up for apparent "needs." Doing so has shortened our mid-round selections, leading to a linebacking corp loaded with undrafted free agents and career special teamers.
Paysinger is the most experienced reserve we have at linebacker, so we likely roll with him. Like the rest of the Dolphins faithful I'll spout off about his starts in New York (of which I know nothing) and secretly hope Jelani Jenkins responds well to his recovery regime. But the facts remain: A shortage of picks caused by our desire to move up on draft day potentially has its price.
The worst such trade we made was a panic move to try to adapt to the Patriots two TE sets (Dion Jordan.) In this year's draft, we have moved up for a player we felt we needed (Xavien Howard, who I think we could have gotten had we stood pat- most boards had him in round three.) Later in the same draft we moved up for a player we just plain liked (Leontee Caroo- a move I actually love.)
Caroo and Howard may turn out to be great acquisitions. But it is worth remembering that those upward moves, and the indefensible one for Jordan) came at a price. This year that price might be spelled "Paysinger."