Miami Dolphins: Top Three Needs in the 2021 NFL Draft
It is almost time for the NFL draft and the Miami Dolphins have been hard at work. After fleecing the San Francisco 49ers and then making another trade with the Philadelphia Eagles, the Miami Dolphins are sitting pretty with picks 6 and 18 this year and more first round picks next year. After finishing 10-6, the Dolphins can add some serious talent in this year’s draft without worrying about breaking the bank. Here are the top three needs for the Miami Dolphins going into the 2021 NFL Draft.
Need #1: Edge Rusher
In his fifth NFL season, Miami Dolphins star Emmanuel Ogbah absolutely blossomed as a legit threat to opposing quarterbacks. The issue that Miami keeps facing is to put someone on the other side of him. They tried putting Kyle Van Noy and Shaq Lawson over there but neither ended up working out and Miami cut their losses with both of them rather quickly.
The Dolphins need someone that is explosive, can set the edge consistently against the run, and of course put pressure on the quarterbacks. One player that they could look at taking at six is Gregory Rousseau from just down the street at the University of Miami. He has an effective bull rush, read and react skills, active hands, a great ability to shed blocks and at a 4.82 projected 40 time he is able to chase down a lot of mobile quarterbacks in the league. Check out some of his tape below.
Need #2: Running Back
This is one that the Dolphins may be able to select with their second first round pick. Miami last season had Myles Gaskin and Salvon Ahmed that combined for 903 rushing yards and eight touchdowns on 217 carries, making them the perfect complimentary backs. What Miami needs is someone that can handle a larger load and provide an explosive attack in the Run Pass Option game. For the Miami Dolphins the choice for this is absolutely clear, Najee Harris out of the University of Alabama. He is a power runner that has great acceleration and does not give up easy. Scouts say that he has a quick first step to the whole and a strong lower body that does not stop at the first hit. Check out some of his tape in the video below.
Need #3: Wide Receiver
This one is a bit understated for the Miami Dolphins. This year the Dolphins head into training camp with seven receivers who are definitely NFL ready, the issue is all but one have not been able to stay consistently healthy. They have a couple that have the ability to be the top receiver but lack chemistry with Tua Tagovailoa. They also signed Will Fuller for a one year 10 million dollar deal to be the deep threat. What they need specifically according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel is someone who specializes in delivering run-after-the-catch yards. Luckily for the Dolphins this year’s wide receiver class is fairly deep so they would not necessarily need to worry about taking one in the top ten.
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If they wanted to take a receiver with their later first round pick, someone who might be sitting there and is ranked the best for yards after catch by Pro Football Focus (PFF) is Kadarius Toney out of the University of Florida. He had only three drops on 123 catchable in his Florida career which is impressive. What may have him drop either late first or only second is that he only saw 10 contested catches in his entire college career. This is perfect for the Dolphins because they already have guys that Tua can throw to in contested balls and Toney can just come in with his exceptional route running skills and make an immediate impact. Check out some of his tape below.
With two first round picks it should be interesting to see what the Dolphins do this year. They shocked a lot of people last season after winning 10 games and seem to be primed to take on the Buffalo Bills for the title of best in the AFC East. What will they do?
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