Miami Dolphins 7-round 2021 NFL mock draft: Options aplenty at No. 3

Miami Dolphins rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (Photo by Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
Miami Dolphins rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (Photo by Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports) /
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DeVonta Smith, 2021 NFL Draft
2021 NFL Draft prospect DeVonta Smith #6 of the Alabama Crimson Tide (Photo by Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports) /

Complete seven-round 2021 NFL mock draft for the Miami Dolphins

What a great weekend it was for the Miami Dolphins. Not only did they come back to defeat the Las Vegas Raiders 26-25 on Saturday night, but their draft positioning was also helped in a big way by the Houston Texans’ loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

The Dolphins have the Texans’ first and second-round picks in the 2021 NFL Draft from the Laremy Tunsil trade and now that first pick sits at No. 3 overall. Not only is Miami a legitimate playoff threat, but they are also in a great position to improve their team over the offseason.

In this 2021 NFL mock draft, we are going to try to make the most out of Miami’s extra draft capital and improve their talent pool on both sides of the ball. Having that third pick gives this team a ton of options, which direction do they go? Find out in this complete seven-round 2021 NFL mock draft for the Miami Dolphins.

Note: This 2021 NFL mock draft was completed using The Draft Network’s Mock Draft Machine.

Round 1, 9th Overall

829. Scouting Report. Alabama. 1. player. Pick Analysis. WR. DeVonta Smith

If this draft order holds true, the Miami Dolphins are going to have a ton of options at No. 3. They could secure their offensive line with the selection of franchise left tackle Penei Sewell, who stands out as the most likely choice for the team if they stand pat. However, this feels like an ideal trade down spot for the team, as quarterback hungry teams could easily be looking to move up.

Quarterbacks Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields went off of the board with the first two picks of this 2021 NFL mock draft, leaving BYU quarterback Zach Wilson as an obvious trade target at No. 3. After shopping around the pick a bit, Miami eventually sells to the highest bidder, as the Carolina Panthers come up to snag Wilson.

The Dolphins drop down to the No. 9 pick in this 2021 NFL mock draft but pick up an extra second-round pick, fourth-round pick and the Panthers’ first-round selection next year for their troubles. The Miami Dolphins were already loaded with a ton of draft capital and now they are in an even better spot.

This trade down allows the Dolphins to take an elite prospect at an important position of need for the team at a more manageable draft slot. DeVonta Smith has been absolutely fantastic this season and could quickly become one of the best offensive playmakers in this draft class. The Miami Dolphins need to invest in talent at the wide receiver position and Smith’s ability to make an impact at all three levels would be an exciting addition to their offensive attack.

Plus, pairing franchise quarterback Tua Tagovailoa back with Smith should not be ignored here. Smith and Tagovailoa showed great rapport at Alabama and would be set up for immediate success at the next level. Trading down to pick up extra draft capital while also staying in a position to land a premier player at an important position of need feels like a major win for the Dolphins early in this 2021 NFL mock draft.