Thanks to numerous dealings of talent unfit for their growth curve, the Miami Dolphins have collected one of the deepest war-chests of draft assets in the league.
Now with their coach of the future set for a lengthy tenure, and a potential franchise quarterback growing into his own, the Miami Dolphins are set to polish off their roster in the 2021 NFL Draft.
One of the brightest spots for the Miami Dolphins this offseason will be the lack of outgoing free agents. The most notable names are listed below:
- Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB
- Matt Breida, HB
- Ted Karras, C
- Matt Haack, P
- Elandon Roberts, LB
With their quarterback for 2021 seemingly selected and no key offensive weapons on their way out in free agency, the Miami Dolphins find themselves in the rare and envious situation of placing their focus solely on improving the roster rather than supplementing lost personnel.
Miami Dolphins 2021 mock draft: Round 1
Tua Tagovailoa needs weapons. Simple. Thankfully though, the 2021 NFL draft may have a wide receiver class comparable to last year’s star-studded lineup including Justin Jefferson and Ceedee Lamb. With two first-round selections, the Miami Dolphins could find their new lead wideout at either spot, but can’t pass on a potential generational talent in the ‘Slim Reaper.’
After blowing the doors off of projected first-round cornerback Shaun Wade with 12 receptions for 215 yards and three touchdowns in only the first half of the national championship game before leaving due to a hand injury, Devonta Smith has seemingly ascended to WR1 after trailing LSU’s Ja’Marr Chase even after winning the Heisman. Tagovailoa-Smith has already been written into the lore of Crimson Tide legend, and the pair can continue their work in South Beach.
With their second selection of the first-round in the 2021 NFL draft, the Miami Dolphins shift their focus to the defensive side of the ball in an effort to upgrade an already impressive defense. Between an effective pass-rush and talent-laden secondary, Miami could add a new dimension to their defense with a unique prospect.
Another product of a new breed of linebackers entering the NFL, Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah played ‘rover’ for the Notre Dame defense in their run to the college football playoffs, collecting 62 tackles through twelve games.
At six-foot-one, 215-pounds, Koramoah is defined best as a ‘mismatch-neutralizer’ rather than an inside thumper. In a game that continues to add speed and width to the offense, a player who can chase down ballcarriers from hash-to-hash as well as blanket a team’s aerial safety blanket is an invaluable asset.