Ellerbe was expendable after the development of replacement linebacker Jelani Jenkins last season. However, Miami will miss the third-round pick the most.
Let’s reset the Dolphins’ 2015 draft picks following the Stills-Ellerbe trade:
Round 1: No. 14 overall
Round 7 (conditional pick from 49ers)
The Dolphins now have six picks in this year’s NFL draft. We won’t know the exact overall pick beyond the first round until the compensatory selections are announced later this month at the NFL owners meetings.
This draft will be very important for Miami to fill holes after spending a lot of money thus far in free agency. The Dolphins, for example, spent $114 million to land Pro Bowl defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh in free agency.