Miami Dolphins: Early top positions of need for 2021 NFL Draft

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Devante Parker, Miami Dolphins
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Wide Receiver

The Miami Dolphins currently hold two first-round selections in the 2021 NFL Draft. As things stand now, I would be surprised if they did not use one of those picks on a potential impact receiver for Tua to work with. The Dolphins do have Devante Parker locked in to a long-term contract, but they need more viable pass catchers for Tagovailoa to work with in the offense.

In particular, I would like to see Miami snag a receiver in the 2021 NFL Draft who can legitimately stretch the field with speed. Tagovailoa is a fantastic deep ball passer and they currently lack receivers who can consistently stretch the defense down the field.

The two 2021 NFL Draft prospects who stand out most as obvious fits for Miami at wide receiver were both teammates with Tagovailoa at Alabama; Devonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle. Smith is the more established receiver who already has a fantastic rapport with Tagovailoa. Smith is a tremendous route runner who also stretches the field in a big way. Waddle is a less established offensive player, but he is an explosive athlete who has massive upside at the next level.

Simply put, the Dolphins need to surround Tagovailoa with more weapons on the offensive side of the ball. They should aggressively attack the loaded group of receivers in the 2021 NFL Draft, giving their young franchise quarterback another dynamic weapon in the passing game.

Potential 2021 NFL Draft targets: Ja’Marr Chase, DeVonta Smith, Jaylen Waddle, Rondale Moore, Rashad Bateman and Terrace Marshall