2021 NFL Draft: Five team fits for Minnesota WR Rashod Bateman

Rashod Bateman, 2021 NFL Draft (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
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Brian Flores, Miami Dolphins
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3. Miami Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins finished well in the 2019 season, toppling the Patriots and finishing at a respectable 5-11. General manager Chris Grier and head coach Brian Flores made major additions in the offseason, bringing in a lot of talent to the front seven and to the offensive line.

They completed the rebuild during the 2020 draft, selecting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in the first round to be the franchise signal-caller of the future. Miami added Austin Jackson to play left tackle sooner than later, and added more to the front seven and secondary.

The Dolphins didn’t select any wide receivers, as they feel comfortable with the room they have. DeVante Parker finally broke out in 2019, and they witnessed promise from Preston Williams in his rookie year. Albert Wilson could have a productive year in the slot in 2020 as well.

While there’s a lot of potential in the wide receiver core, Miami could use another alpha at the position. Rashod Bateman could be that guy for Miami, who has two first-round picks in the 2021 NFL Draft. When scouting Tagovailoa last season, it’s clear that he loved throwing in-breaking routes. He should thrive with Parker on the outside in 2020. Bringing in Bateman in 2021, who runs the slant extremely well and creates instant separation, would be beneficial with Tagovailoa’s development.