2021 NFL Draft: From the college perspective, Miami Dolphins draft analysis, all the picks, best value selection and biggest reach.
Miami Dolphins 2021 NFL Draft Analysis
– The Dolphins couldn’t really go wrong (but they sort of did).
They needed to get more explosive and had to give Tua Tagovailoa some big play weapons, and that’s where Jaylen Waddle comes in. However, they also needed an offensive tackle, and they passed on Penei Sewell – who went one pick later to Detroit – and could’ve had their pick of strong receiver prospects at the 18.
– Pass rush wasn’t a desperate need, and Miami’s Jaelan Phillips is hardly a sure thing. It’s a call – they took him over Michigan’s Kwity Paye, and they didn’t give the backfield the desperately needed running back with Najee Harris and Travis Etienne right there.
– Notre Dame OT Liam Eichenberg was a decent get in the mid-second round, and Jevon Holland from Oregon is a terrific safety, but again, they had to make big calls. They took Holland over UCF’s Richie Grant and TCU’s Trevon Moehrig, and they took Eichenberg with with three offensive linemen going over the next six picks.
Best Value Pick: OT Liam Eichenberg, Notre Dame, 2nd round, 42nd overall
Biggest Reach: S Jevon Holland, Oregon, 2nd round, 36th overall
Late Flier That Could Work: RB Gerrid Doaks, Cincinnati, 7th round, 244th overall
Miami Dolphins 2021 NFL Draft Analysis: 2021 NFL Draft Picks
1 (06) WR Jaylen Waddle, Alabama
1 (18) EDGE Jaelan Phillips, Miami
2 (36) S Jevon Holland, Oregon
2 (42) OT Liam Eichenberg, Notre Dame
3 (81) TE Hunter Long, Boston College
7 (231) OT Larnel Coleman, UMass
7 (244) RB Gerrid Doaks, Cincinnati
Miami Dolphins 2021 NFL Draft Analysis: Pre-Draft Analysis
The Dolphins set the foundation for the future with the 2020 draft – getting a little something out of all seven of their picks before the fifth-plus rounders – but it’s all about whether or not Tua Tagovailoa can go from promising to stardom.
He went one pick before Justin Herbert, but he was also a rookie coming off a major injury. There needed to be patience – the 2020 draft was about building for 2022 – and there still does, but everything about this draft loaded with picks has to be about helping him get there faster.
There’s a chance to trade down if a quarterback someone likes falls to the six, or they can take a top receiver talent to be the No. 1 guy. That’s always tricky – drafting wide receivers high is very, very flaky – but they’ll have their choice of Alabama receivers or LSU’s Ja’Marr Chase.
The 18 is the more interesting call. They need a pass rusher, and a few will be there, but they also need big bodies to keep Tagovailoa from getting popped. They’re in a terrific spot with both first round picks, and they’re going to be major players with five of the first 81 selections.
Miami Dolphins 2021 NFL Draft Analysis: 2020 NFL Draft Picks
1 QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
1 OT Austin Jackson, USC
2 OG Robert Hunt, Louisiana
2 DT Raekwon Davis, Alabama
3 S Brandon Jones, Texas
4 OG Solomon Kindley, Georgia
5 DE Jason Strowbridge, North Carolina
5 DE Curtis Weaver, Boise State
6 LS Blake Ferguson, LSU
7 WR/RB Malcolm Perry, Navy
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