Miami Dolphins: Speed receiver should be top priority in 2021 NFL Draft

Jaylen Waddle, 2021 NFL Draft (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
Jaylen Waddle, 2021 NFL Draft (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images) /

Adding an impact speed receiver should be the top priority for the Miami Dolphins in the 2021 NFL Draft.

We are still a long way away from the 2021 NFL Draft and we do not even know if we will have football this season. That being said, now is the time for us to study up on the upcoming class and learn as much about these players as possible. At the same time, we need to understand the NFL rosters and try to determine potential needs for these teams when the 2021 NFL Draft comes around.

Armed with a ton of draft capital, the Miami Dolphins are a team with a bright future. Head coach Brian Flores appears to be the right guy to lead them going forward and they found their franchise quarterback in the 2020 NFL Draft when they took Tua Tagovailoa at No. 5 overall. With Tagovailoa in the mix, the Dolphins should be looking to build a strong roster around him and do whatever they can to help him reach his ceiling.

Obviously, improving the offensive line is a major part of helping Tagovailoa, but he also needs to have a strong group of weapons to work with. Right now, the most exciting offensive playmakers on the team are wide receivers DeVante Parker and Preston Williams, and tight end Mike Gesicki. All three of these players have a ton of upside, but all of them are more possession-type receivers who shine in contested-catch situations. There are not any exciting field stretchers on this roster.

With this in mind, the Miami Dolphins should be looking to find some game-changing speed at the wide receiver position in the 2021 NFL Draft. Luckily for them, the upcoming draft class is loaded with exciting talent at the wide receiver position and yes, there is plenty of speed to go around.

The names that immediately come to mind here are Jaylen Waddle and Rondale Moore. Waddle was a teammate of Tagovailoa’s the last two seasons and showed tremendous playmaking ability as a part-time player. Waddle is an incredibly explosive player who can score from anywhere on the field. He shows big-time upside as a deep receiver and is also a tremendous run after catch receiver.

Moore has not been asked to stretch the field much in college, but he is an incredibly quick and elusive receiver who has fantastic natural playmaking ability. Moore changes directions in an instant and shows tremendous contact balance for a wide receiver. His elite speed and quickness would undoubtedly fit well in the Miami Dolphins’ group of receivers.

DeVonta Smith is an elite route runner and an impressive deep threat who already has a great rapport with Tagovailoa. He undoubtedly would make sense in Miami, as would Ohio State’s Chris Olave.

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Make no mistake about it, the Miami Dolphins are on the right track. That being said, there are still plenty of holes on this roster that need to be addressed, with a speed receiver being among the biggest. With two first-round picks in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Dolphins will likely be in a position to snag one of these dynamic playmakers at the wide receiver position.