Cleveland Browns fans have already moved on from the surprise of the Miami Dolphins trading up to No. 3 overall to select OLB Dion Jordan. Nonetheless, it is still interesting to hear just how close the trade came to not happening, or, worse yet for Miami, not getting the pick submitted in time. Pro Football Talk relayed some of the details today after an interview with Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland:
When the Raiders were on the clock, Ireland let some time pass before calling.
"I kind of let a few minutes go by to see if they were going to call me back, they didn’t," Ireland said. "I called them, made an offer, they refused it. They called me back and made another offer, and we accepted with about two minutes left on the clock. We kind of started making the phone calls to New York to get the card turned in and everything. It was pretty frantic there for a second. I think we actually got the card turned in with about two or three seconds left on the clock."
If Miami had missed their pick, the concern for them would have been the Philadelphia Eagles taking Jordan at No. 4 overall due to the connection Jordan had to Chip Kelly.
It still stands that the Browns' front office is not disappointed by how their selection at No. 6 turned out in Barkevious Mingo. They had an offer on the table from the Rams and could have picked up a second-round pick, but they chose not to.