The Dolphins actually followed this approach last year as it was rumored that they had a trade down partner in place already if Fitzpatrick was not there for them.
Barry Jackson wrote:
Be open to trading down for extra picks, but don’t bypass a player you love.
“I traded for extra picks only when there wasn’t a player there I desperately wanted,” Jimmy Johnson said. “My whole philosophy was there was a group of players I wanted but I wanted to take them at the right spot. And if the pick was too high for a player I wanted, I would trade down and get extra picks. But if there was a player there I wanted, I was going to take him.
“You don’t go into it thinking I’m going to trade down to get more picks. That’s foolish to bypass a great player just because you’re building for the future. If a great player is not there, you move down.”
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