3 potential partners if Panthers want to trade up from No. 8

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Miami Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins used the No. 5 overall selection last year to select Tua Tagovailoa out of Alabama despite the obvious hip concerns surrounding the prospect. To say the quarterback was hit and miss during his first year in a professional environment is something of an understatement and there is plenty of speculation regarding the organization perhaps looking in the direction of Deshaun Watson in the coming weeks.

This would be a little harsh on Tugovailoa. But a package that included him multiple first-round picks would be hard to turn down if the Houston Texans started fielding calls.

If Miami decides to continue with their current option, they have to get better around him. This is something they could do with the bounty of selections and if they want a little bit more bang for their buck, then trading down from the pick they acquired from the Texans will help their cause enormously.

This is where the Carolina Panthers come in.

Going from No. 8 to No. 3 won’t be the cheapest decision in the world. But it might be a lot easier to accomplish than attempting to work out a deal with the New York Jets given their potential need for a new signal-caller.

There promises to be plenty of twists and turns between now and then. So it’s a situation Carolina needs to be ready for.