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

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Micah Parsons, 2021 NFL Draft
Linebacker Micah Parsons should be the number one target for the Miami Dolphins in the 2021 NFL Draft. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /

Versatile Linebacker

Overall, there is a lot to like about the Dolphins’ group of players at the linebacker position. The group featuring Kyle Van Noy, Jerome Baker, Kamu Grugier-Hill, Elandon Roberts and Andrew Van Ginkel is solid but there is certainly still plenty of room for improvement here. In particular, I imagine that the Miami Dolphins would love to find some more versatility at the position and a long-term significant long-term piece.

Flores loves to feature linebackers who can impact the game in a variety of ways. Having a linebacker who can legitimately rush the passer on the edge, make plays in coverage and hold his own against the run is incredibly valuable in this defense, and Flores knows how to get the most out of these players.

If the Dolphins end up having an extremely early pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons stands out as an ideal fit and target for this team. Similarly to upcoming rookie Isaiah Simmons, Parsons is a freak athlete at the linebacker position who can do it all on the defensive side of the ball.

He is a tremendous sideline-to-sideline defender who also shows a ton of upside in coverage. On top of that, Parsons is a tenacious pass rusher who can create significant pressure off of the edge. Simply put, he would be the ultimate weapon for Flores on the defensive side of the ball. If they do not find themselves in a position to land Parsons, finding as much versatility as possible with a linebacker selection is a recipe for success for this team.

Potential 2021 NFL Draft targets: Micah Parsons, Chazz Surratt, Jabril Cox, Dimitri Moore, Joseph Ossai and Chris Rumph II