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Report: NFL Team Hoping To Assemble 'Godfather Offer' For No. 1 Pick

Joe Burrow celebrates LSU's win over Georgia in the SEC Championship. He is now a Miami Dolphins target in a potential trade up.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - DECEMBER 07: Joe Burrow #9 of the LSU Tigers reacts after defeating the Georgia Bulldogs 37-10 to win the SEC Championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 07, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The 2020 NFL Draft has long been seen as a turning point in the Miami Dolphins rebuild. The team was better than expected in 2019, leaving them with the No. 5 pick, and not the top selection that many expected.

The Dolphins aren't giving up on getting to the top of the draft tonight, though. While they could have Tua Tagovailoa, the player many have connected them to for about a year, or Justin Herbert at No. 5 if they wait, they reportedly covet Joe Burrow.

Burrow is the overwhelming favorite to go to the Cincinnati Bengals with the top pick. Per Jason La Canfora, the Dolphins are concerned with Tua's injury history, and aren't thrilled with Herbert as a prospect. Jordan Love intrigues them, but is probably a reach at No. 5. Meanwhile, per his report, they see Burrow as a Joe Montana-like quarterback.

The Bengals have continually rebuffed the Dolphins, per reports. That doesn't mean the offers haven't been substantial. According to a report by ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio, the Dolphins are attempting to trade for the Detroit Lions' No. 3 pick without giving up No. 5, in an effort to then make a "Godfather offer" to the Bengals for the top spot.

The Bengals clearly prefer Burrow to the other quarterback options, but we don't really have a good idea of how they feel about Tua or Herbert, because Burrow has been penciled in for so long. A No. 3 and No. 5 pick for the No. 1 would be a very strong offer.

The Dolphins aren’t trying to get the third overall pick from the Lions without giving up the fifth overall pick in order to make two picks in the top five. Instead, the Dolphins believe that a potential Godfather offer to the Bengals for the first overall pick would be even harder to refuse if the Dolphins offer both No. 3 and No. 5 as part of the package.

Would the Bengals trade Burrow for the chance to go with Tua Tagovailoa, for argument's sake, plus an elite cornerback like Jeff Okudah or one of the draft's top offensive tackles, like Tristan Wirfs or Jedrick Wills? That would be an impressive draft haul, if you trust the Alabama quarterback's health.

Overall, this seems unlikely, but the Dolphins appear poised to be aggressive, so we should be in for a fun night, whatever happens.

The first round of the 2020 NFL Draft begins tonight at 8 p.m. ET.