By: Hussam Patel
Below is my three- round mock draft with trades. I have carefully dissected every team’s signings after Free Agency, Roster and Draft Needs. While it may not be accurate come draft day, these are just mocks and my best predictions.
Please note: I did not include Compensatory draft selections in this mock.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars- Trevor Lawrence
Per Ian Rapaport, the Jaguars have already given Lawrence the playbook. The writing is on the wall.
2. New York Jets- Zach Wilson
This is a sharpie fill in unless the Jets go a different route. Wilson will be a Jet.
3. San Francisco 49ers- Kyle Pitts
I’m going crazy in this mock. Imagine a weapon core of Kittle, Deebo, and Aiyuk. Just add Kyle Pitts to that and Jimmy G could lead the 49ers back to the Super Bowl; the Niners already have a good defense with healthy defenders coming back. Kyle Pitts changes this already great Shanahan system to a fearsome offense.
4. Atlanta Falcons- Justin Fields
Fields is back home as the successor to Matt Ryan. Ryan’s contract is not team-friendly and new coaches prefer to bring in their own QB. Arthur Smith starts off with drafting the next best QB after Lawrence. With Brees gone and hopefully Tom Brady leaving in a few, Fields can learn behind Ryan and already have a solid offensive core
5. Cincinnati Bengals- Penei Sewell
The Bengals would be smart to get protection for Joe Burrow; as teams figured out last season how to stop the Bengals. Sewell fortifies the OL along with new additions in Reiff and Jonah Williams. Burrow won’t have to worry about running for his life and heaving the ball down the field.
6. Denver Broncos- Trey Lance
**Per Ian Rapaport's himself, the Miami Dolphins are looking to move back within the top 10. The run on the top 3 QBs will happen, and Denver will pounce on this opportunity to secure their QB of the future in Trey Lance. George Patton said it himself he was in contact with Chris Grier. While the Broncos currently have Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater, they will likely be bridge QBs, I could see Drew Lock being moved for a late-round pick. George Patton will look to improve within the same division as Pat Mahomes as Denver has an offensive arsenal for Lance.
7. Detroit Lions- Ja’Marr Chase
The Lions get an “Alpha” WR they’ve been missing since Calvin Johnson. With the losses of Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones, the Lions lack a threat at the wideout position. With new QB Jared Goff, TE TJ Hockenson and RB D’Andre Swift, the addition of Chase helps a maligned Lions Offense.
8. Carolina Panthers- Rashawn Slater
Now out of the QB hunt, Carolina lacks a Left Tackle since Russell Okung left in Free Agency. Matt Rhule knows the importance of having a franchise left tackle and picks Slater, who can play all 5 positions and help open lanes for CMC and protect Sam Darnold.
9. Miami Dolphins- Devonta Smith
*Trades Denver Pick 6 and Pick 231, Receives Pick 9, Pick 114 and 2021 1st round Pick*
Chris Grier does it again gaining extra assets and the guy he has been wanting all along. I’m sticking with my guns and I’ll say it again. Devonta Smith will be a Dolphin. Chris Grier LOVES Alabama prospects. Drake, Minkah, Tua, Raekwon; it will be no different this time as Smith brings an elite weapon to pair up with Parker, Fuller, Williams and Gesicki. Tua is gonna have some fun
10. Dallas Cowboys- Patrick Surtain II
This is the most likely pick for Jerry Jones. They need a CB. Surtain may be the best CB for the Cowboys Defense. He may not fix all of the problems and defense but he can stop the big plays down the field and minimize the damage done.
11. New York Giants- Kwity Paye
Kwity Paye has got a great motor and is very athletic. The lack of a second EDGE was apparent. Pairing him up with Leonard Williams allows Dexter Lawrence to move back inside. Paye is the missing piece in an already stout Defense.
12. Philadelphia Eagles- Jaylen Waddle
Jalen Hurts. Jaelen Raegor, Jaylen Waddle. Jalen cubed should be the moniker for the Eagles trio. Waddle brings speed and a deep threat to help former teammate Jalen Hurts in his development and stretch out NFC East defenses.
13. Los Angeles Chargers- Christian Darrisaw
The Chargers land in a perfect situation. Darrisaw fills the need at Left Tackle to keep Herbert upright and continue his campaign from his rookie season. Staley knows the importance of a good OL and protecting his QB from his time as the Rams DC. Darrisaw is a prototypical tackle for the NFL with excellent movement skills and plays with intensity.
14. Minnesota Vikings- Jaelen Phillips
This might be a risky pick for the Vikings, pending Phillips’ medical evaluation. His injury history is concerning, but if he passes his physicals he can be an elite EDGE. Rick Spielman finally takes an EDGE in the first round. Phillips has an electric burst off the line and bullies OLs with his powerful hands and toolbox of pass rush moves.
15. New England Patriots- Jaycee Horn
I was tempted to pull a Bill Belichick stunner on draft night, just like in free agency, when they spent a boat load of money. However, I don’t think New England will draft a QB in the first round as they have faith in Cam Newton. Instead, the Patriots keep loading up on Defense and draft Jaycee Horn. He’s similar to Stephon Gilmore and getting a player like him on the same team helps as the AFC East stocks up on offensive firepower
16. Arizona Cardinals- Caleb Farley
With Horn gone to Denver, the Cardinals get the next best CB in Farley. Farley passed his medical at Indianapolis, and GM Steve Keim pulls the trigger. As a former WR, he’s got the ball skills but needs to get better at tackling. He shores up the Cardinals’ leaky defense and brings athletic upside to a groggy secondary
17. Pittsburgh Steelers- Najee Harris
*Trades Las Vegas Pick 24, Pick 128 and 2022 2nd round, Receives Pick 17*
The Steelers overtake the Miami Dolphins to select Najee Harris. Harris projects to be a franchise RB that can carry the load off of Big Ben and get the ground game running. He won’t fix the Steelers OL issues, but can be a big help in pass protection and fight for yards after the tackle. He’s a big help catching out of the backfield
18. Indianapolis Colts- Teven Jenkins
*Trades Miami Pick 18, Pick 127 and 2022 3rd round pick, Receives Pick 18
Per Charley Casserly, the Indianapolis Colts are seriously interested in OT Teven Jenkins. In this case, the Colts find their next Anthony Castonzo. Pairing him up with All Pro Guard Quentin Nelson will form a powerful duo on Carson Wentz’s blindside. He may need to fine tune his pass blocking technique but he has all the tools to be an Elite LT.
19. Washington Football Team- Mac Jones
The Football team (yeah, I know, they need a new name for God's sake) do not have a lot of pressing needs. Instead, they take Mac Jones, who can be Fitzpatrick’s eventual successor. Washington has the defense to support Jones, the coaches to help, and play-makers similar to Jones’s weapons at Alabama.
20. Chicago Bears- Alijah Vera Tucker
This really might be the perfect situation for Chicago. I’ll say it again - Vera Tucker can play Tackle and Guard, but he certainly can start off as a Left Guard early on to shore up the offensive line problems and improve the running game. Vera Tucker can essentially be the replacement for Charles Leno in the Future
21. Miami Dolphins- Micah Parsons
Trades Indianapolis Pick 18, Receives Pick 127 and 2022 3rd round pick*
Micah Parsons draft day fall ends as the Miami Dolphins pick him up as a great draft day value and locks in their LB corps for the future. Parsons will Strengthen the Dolphins’ defense as a tenacious pass rusher and ferocious run stopper with great coverage instincts. The Dolphins have been missing a starting MIKE for years, and Parsons fills that role - he will become a big factor in Miami and navigate the Dolphins defense.
22. Tennessee Titans- Greg Newsome II
There’s been no other player-team pairing that has been mocked other than Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson. Newsome continues to be a fit in Tennessee with their needs in the secondary
23. New York Jets- Samuel Cosmi
It was a home-run pick last year when the Jets drafted Mekhi Becton, drafting Samuel Cosmi is another home run. Both tackle positions are locked up for Zach Wilson to efficiently operate and do what he did with BYU last season. Cosmi is really smart and will only help the Jets young OL, he may need to bulk up just to ensure his domination of defenders.
24. Las Vegas Raiders- Liam Eichenberg
*Trades Pittsburgh Pick 17, Receives Pick 24, Pick 128 and 2022 2nd round pick*
The Raiders have been a weird drafting team with John Gruden and Mike Mayock at the helm. This year’s offensive line class is deep, and the Raiders pull off a trade that gives them extra picks and a valuable offensive lineman who can start on the line immediately on the right side. He did not give up a sack in his last two season for the Fighting Irish
25. Jacksonville Jaguars- Trevon Moehrig
The Jags can go a variety of different ways here; however, this safety class is not that deep. Their Defensive Coordinator knows how valuable a deep secondary is even after free agent pickups. Moehrig is too good to pass up and can play Safety and Slot corner. He will instantly help the new Defense in Jacksonville.
26. Cleveland Browns- Christian Barmore
With the release of Sheldon Richardson, the browns need some DT help, Barmore provides exactly that. Pair him up with Myles Garret and Jadeveon Clowney will be a scary sight to see for AFC lineman. Barmore is a stout run defender and will provide run support and additional pass rush help
27. Baltimore Ravens- Rashad Bateman
Lamar Jackson needs perimeter weapons ASAP. Bateman is that guy, as he is a polished route runner unlike most of the Ravens WR corps and a consistent catcher. He has all the tools to succeed in the NFL, and becomes the #1 WR in Baltimore. Stylistically, he may be different from the rest of the roster but it will bring balance to their passing attack.
28. New Orleans Saints- Asante Samuel Jr.
Asante Samuel Jr. is just like his father; a great playmaker who has a knack for finding the ball. In the NFC South, which has a bevy of play-makers, the Saints will need a defender who can go toe to toe with #1 WRs. With the loss of Janoris Jenkins and Lattimore’s pending charges, Samuel has the potential to be the Franchise Corner.
29. Green Bay Packers- Zaven Collins
As an Inside Linebacker, Collins provides play-making potential to the Packers, he may as well be the last piece of the Packers Defense who’s big, versatile, and can cover TE’s/RB’s while rushing the passer. His skill set is impactful and will only help the Packers. He’s a difference maker
30. Buffalo Bills- Jeremiah Owusu Koromoah
Sean McDermott loves versatile players; he had one in Carolina with Shaq Thompson and gets a similar- if not better- player in JOK. He will be used creatively in sub packages, moving from Linebacker to a third safety on the field, and strengthens the LB depth with Matt Milano and Tremaine Edmunds.
31. Atlanta Falcons-Azeez Ojulari
*Trades Baltimore Pick 35, Pick 182, Receives Pick 31*
The Atlanta Falcons pull off a big trade to finally get some pass rush help as they have needed it for a decade. Ojulari reminds a lot of scouts and evaluators of Shaq Barrett. Pairing him up with Deion Jones and Grady Jarrett on nickel downs would give Atlanta nice pieces in disguised blitz packages
32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Gregg Rousseau
The Rich get even richer. Pairing up Rousseau with Shaq Barret, Ndamukong Suh, JPP, and Lavonte David makes this defense unstoppable. Rousseau will get solid reps early on in his career and whenever JPP leaves, Ojulari is able to take on his snaps at EDGE, Interior DL and as an OLB; he will learn and develop into his potential. This is a best player available pick for GM Jason Licht.
33. Jacksonville Jaguars- Amari Rodgers
34. New York Jets- Travis Etienne
35. Baltimore Ravens- Wyatt Davis
*Trades Atlanta Pick 31, Receives Pick 35, Pick 182*
36. Kansas City Chiefs- Kadarius Toney
*Trades Pick 63 with Miami, Sends Pick 113 and 2022 3rd round pick*
37. Philadelphia Eagles- Baron Browning
38. Cincinnati Bengals- Terrace Marshall Jr.
39. Carolina Panthers- Pat Friermuth
40. Denver Broncos- Jalen Mayfield
41. Detroit Lions- Dillon Radunz
42. New York Giants- Aaron Banks
43. Arizona Cardinals- Jayson Oweh
* Trades San Francisco pick 49 and 2022 4th round pick, Receives pick 43
44. Dallas Cowboys- Dylan Moses
45. Jacksonville Jaguars- Brevin Jordan
46. New England Patriots- Rondale Moore
47. Los Angeles Chargers- Joseph Ossai
48. Las Vegas Raiders- Nick Bolton
49. San Francisco- Kellen Mond
*Trades Arizona Pick 43 and receives Pick 49 and 2022 4th round pick*
50. Miami Dolphins- Javonte Williams
51. Washington Football Team- Richie Grant
52. New Orleans Saints- Kyle Trask
*Trades pick 60 With Chicago, sends Pick 133 and 2022 3rd rounder*
53. Tennessee Titans- Amon-Ra St. Brown
54. Indianapolis Colts- Payton Turner
55. Pittsburgh Steelers- Creed Humphrey
56. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Davis Mills
*Trades Pick 64 to Seattle and sends Pick 95, Pick 251 and 2022 5th round pick*
57. Los Angeles Rams- Chazz Surratt
58. Minnesota Vikings- Quincy Roche (Trade: KC receives pick 119, 143, Minnesota receives pick 58)
59. Cleveland Browns- Spencer Brown
60. Chicago Bears- Elijah Moore
*Trades New Orleans Pick 52, Receives Pick 133 and 2022 3rd rounder*
61. Buffalo Bills- Elijah Molden
62. Green Bay Packers- Tylan Wallace
63. Miami Dolphins- Quinn Meinerz
*Trades Kansas City Pick 36, Receives Pick 136 and 2022 3rd Round Pick
64. Seattle Seahawks- Alex Leatherwood
*Trades pick 56 to Tampa Bay, Receives pick 95, Pick 251 and 2022 5th round pick*
65. Jacksonville Jaguars- Dayivon Nixon
66. New York Jets- Joe Tryon
67. Las Vegas Raiders- Levi Onwuzurike
*Trades Houston Pick 79, Pick 128. Receives Pick 67
68. Atlanta Falcons- Jevon Holland
69. Cincinnati Bengals- Carlos “Boogie” Basham
70. Philadelphia Eagles- Kelvin Joseph
71. Denver Broncos- Jabril Cox
72. Detroit Lions- Tommy Togai
73. Carolina Panthers- Aaron Robinson
74. Washington Football Team- Tyson Campbell
75. Dallas Cowboys- Andre Cisco
76. New York Giants- Dazz Newsome
77. Los Angeles Chargers- Jay Tufele
78. Minnesota Vikings- Alex Leatherwood
79. Houston Texans- Pete Werner
*Trades Las Vegas pick 67, Receives Pick 79, Pick 128*
89. Las Vegas Raiders- Trey Smith
81. Miami Dolphins- Hamsah Nasirildeen
82. Washington Football Team- Hunter Long
83. Chicago Bears- Cam McGrone
84. Philadelphia Eagles- Trey Sermon
85. Tennessee Titans- Brady Christensen
86. Baltimore Ravens- Landon Dickerson
*Trades New York Jets 3rd round Compensatory pick and Pick 171, Receives Pick 86*
87. Pittsburgh Steelers-Justin Hilliard
88. Los Angeles Rams- Elerson Smith
89. Cleveland Browns- Eric Stokes
90. Buffalo Bills- D’Wayne Eskridge
*Trades Minnesota Pick 93, Pick 74 Receives Pick 90 and Pick 157
91. Cleveland Browns- Nico Collins
92. Green Bay Packers- Walker Little
93. Minnesota Vikings-Dyami Brown
*Trades Buffalo Pick 93, Pick 157 Receives Pick 94 and Pick 174
94. Baltimore Ravens- Keith Taylor
95. Seattle Seahawks- Paulson Adebo
*Trades Pick 56 to Tampa Bay, Receives Pick 95, Pick 251 and 2022 5th round pick*
By: Chip Turner
Before I reveal what is clearly the most insightful, brilliant, and pretentious 2021 Miami Dolphins mock draft in recorded history, I’d like to get one thing out of the way:
I’m a complete moron.
I may not look like one now but trust me when I tell you that I’ll certainly look like one by Sunday. Of course, so will countless other prognosticators, pundits and pluviophiles (that last group will get their fill on Thursday night, by all accounts), all of whom will have used every bit of information at their fingertips to try and guess what each team will do. And we’ll all be wrong.
But it sure as heck is fun guessing.
Round 1 – Pick 9: (Miami Trades with Denver – Denver receives Pick Six, Miami receives Pick Nine, pick 114, and Denver’s 2022 fourth round pick)
DeVonta Smith – WR, Alabama
Why This Pick Makes Sense: The Dolphins have two big-bodied receivers (Parker and Williams), a deep threat in Will Fuller who can stretch defenses and play on the outside or in the slot (he’s played nearly a quarter of his snaps there), and players like Lynn Bowden, Albert Wilson and Jakeem Grant all fighting for roster spots. They’re going to have a logjam at receiver no matter what happens, but positional depth doesn’t mean quality depth. Enter DeVonta Smith. Not only can Smith literally play any receiver position, but he’s also outstanding at all of them. He’s a great route runner, he always shows up in big games, and he’s got fantastic hands. Oh, and by the way…if you say, “he’s not fast,” you’re simply not paying attention. Go ahead and knock him down draft boards if you want because of his weight, the juice is worth the squeeze here.
Round One – Pick 18:
Najee Harris – RB, Alabama
Why This Pick Makes Sense: I like Myles Gaskin. You like Myles Gaskin. Myles Gaskin doesn’t scare anyone as a North-South runner trying to run between the tackles. Brian Flores has given every indication that he’s trying to implement a power run game in Miami; as recently as this week, Ereck Flowers was traded. It’s debatable how well Ereck Flowers played last year, but you know what Ereck Flowers can’t do very well? Run block. Najee Harris running behind an interior line of Kindley, Skura, and Hunt/Fluker should be considerably better than what Miami was able to produce last year. Harris is big, strong, agile, and an excellent pass catcher. It isn’t emphasized enough how important a strong run game is to effectively implement an RPO. Najee Harris would help out Miami’s offense tremendously.
Round Two – Pick 36:
Gregory Rousseau – EDGE, Miami
Why This Pick Makes Sense: Although an argument could be made for Emmanuel Ogbah, Miami’s Defense could use a pure Edge Rusher. And while he had a less-than-desirable Pro Day, Rousseau’s slide stops here. (Note, if Jaelan Phillips is available here, he’s the pick, but I seriously doubt he will be.) Rousseau is one of those players whose game tape didn’t match up with his metrics…and the more I look, the more I wonder what those measurables would have been if he had been in the Hurricanes conditioning room in 2020. His upside is huge, he has a knack for getting to the QB (he closes on the QB as fast as anyone), and he’s not a liability against the run, a plus for a Flores-style defense.
Round Two – Pick 50:
Baron Browning – LB, Ohio State
Why This Pick Makes Sense: It’s very difficult to label Miami’s defense; they give a variety of looks and DL sets, but if you’re looking for a guy to be “labeled” as a Sam LB, Baron Browning offers tremendous value to a Brian Flores defense here. He’s got good size for the position, and he’s fast, explosive, and agile. In short, he’s a fantastic athlete who had a phenomenal Pro Day. He’s not only a run-stuffing force, but also solid in coverage; he hits like a truck, and he’s a true three-down LB in the NFL. He’s the final piece in what could be a very nasty front seven for the 2021 Miami Dolphins.
Round Three – Pick 81:
Quinn Meinerz – C, Wisconsin-Whitewater
Read This First: There will be plenty of speculation about which players are going to go where, and we’re all going to be wildly wrong on a lot of them. Quinn Meinerz is a really cool story, and he’s had a ton of pre-draft hype. So you may think he won’t fall this far…and you might be right. However, please consider these things: He’s a small-school prospect, he’s barely played center, he hasn’t played since 2019, and his only exposure above Division III competition came in three Senior Bowl practices. I guarantee you NFL front offices are taking these things into consideration.
Why This Pick Makes Sense: Now that I’ve thrown a bucket of cold water on the sizzling prospect that is Quinn Meinerz, let me say this: I love the kid. I think he’s going to be a good center in the NFL, as he seems to possess the mental and physical traits to be a mauler and a leader on the field. And while those Senior Bowl practices are a very, very limited sample size, he made the most of them; players whom Meinerz lined up against stated he was the strongest lineman they’d faced. According to Meinerz in an interview, when he tried to convince Coach Flores to let him play in the Senior Bowl after he broke a bone in his hand, “Coach Flores stared at me for about fifteen seconds, which felt like forever, and then he just said, ‘no.’” Instead, Meinerz stayed for the game in uniform and handed out water to his teammates. If that doesn’t sound like a Flores-type player, I don’t know what does.
Round Four – Pick 114 (from Denver)
Jamar Johnson – S, Indiana
Why This Pick Makes Sense: Jamar Johnson wreaks havoc on a football field. He’s aggressive and instinctive against the run, has good size and speed as a blitzer, and has the versatility to play corner and safety. He improved his play every year at Indiana; four of his seven career interceptions came last year. He’s also shown the ability to diagnose plays well and anticipate throws; he picked off Justin Fields twice in their 2020 meeting. Although he doesn’t possess great box safety size, he’s fearless as a tackler, submarining RBs before they can hit their stride.
He's going to have to improve his pass defense when he’s not facing the ball to succeed in the NFL, but his versatility and aggressiveness should help the coverage issues Miami had with larger tight ends last year.
Round Five – Pick 156
Josh Palmer – WR, Tennessee
Why This Pick Makes Sense: Because as I stated earlier, position depth isn’t the same as quality depth. Josh Palmer got himself noticed at the Senior Bowl this year. While he lacks top-end speed and polish on his routes, he’s got excellent body control, good footwork, very good hands, and sells his moves extremely well to defensive backs. He showed this during Senior Bowl practices, which prompted me to write, “Senior Bowl week is particularly important this year, and prospect hyperbole will increase for this reason. I’m going to try to tone it down a little. Also, I just watched a clip in which Tennessee’s Josh Palmer put such a nasty move on the DB that the DB simply exploded.” Palmer would certainly add to the quality depth at WR.
Round Seven – Pick 231
Mustafa Johnson – DT, Colorado
Why This Pick Makes Sense: Because Miami loves depth at DT, and Johnson plays with a high-level motor. While he’ll likely be a Practice Squad player at first, Johnson plays bigger that his frame would suggest; he’ll have versatility between DT and DE in sub packages.
Round Seven – Pick 258
Zac Thomas – QB, Appalachian State
Why This Pick Makes Sense: Really? The second-to last pick in the NFL draft, and you want justification? Okay, fine. Zac Thomas has a limited skill-set for the NFL, but he does two things really well: He wins and he produces. He also plays like his hair’s on fire, and he’d be a heck of a fun player to have on a squad. That will probably be the practice squad for a bit, but there are worse things to have than an emergency QB.
By: Tanner Elliott
With the 2021 NFL Draft happening in the upcoming days, Miami Dolphins fans and analysts are taking their best guess on who the Dolphins will draft. Here is Tanner Elliott’s first and only seven round Miami Dolphins mock draft post the Ereck Flowers trade.
Round 1 Pick 6: Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU
I personally think that Kyle Pitts will be gone by the time the Dolphins pick, so they go with another great pass catcher. Chase is one of the best all-around receiver prospects in recent memory and can contribute from day one. He is a similar receiver to both DeVante Parker and Preston Williams, but both players have their injury issues, and Chase would be able to take some of the pressure off of both.
Round 1 Pick 18: Najee Harris, RB, Alabama
Having a back who can change the pace of a game and can eclipse 1,000 yards should be one of Miami’s top priorities this draft. Harris is both of those, and has chemistry with quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. A backfield of Najee Harris and Myles Gaskin would make Miami go from one of the worst backfields to one of the best in the league.
Round 2 Pick 36: Azeez Ojulari, Edge, Georgia
It may be a shock to see Ojulari drop this far in the draft, but there have been some rising concerns about his knee. As a pure pass rusher, Ojulari is one of (if not the) best in the draft and getting him at 36 would be a steal. He would also be a great fit in a Brain Flores defense, and would form a great pass rushing duo with Emmanuel Ogbah.
Round 2 Pick 50: Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech
This would be the steal of the draft if Miami is able to pull it off. I know that the cornerback room in Miami is getting crowded (and expensive), but picking Farley here should be a no-brainer. He has a ton of injury concerns (which is why he fell this far), but if teams are comfortable with his health and his ability to stay healthy, you take the risk. Farley is a top corner in this draft and Miami may want to try and make him a slot, so they can have him, Xavien Howard, and Byron Jones all on the field together.
Round 3 Pick 81: Aaron Banks, OG, Notre Dame
Banks would be a perfect fit in Miami and a great addition to a team always looking for offensive line depth. He’s a big guy who plays with a ton of power. By adding Banks to their offensive line room, Miami would be adding a player who could fill in if someone is injured, and their offense wouldn’t miss a beat. He could also come in day one and start if Miami decides to keep Robert Hunt at right tackle.
Round 5 Pick 156: Avery Williams, CB, Boise State
Williams is a special teams baller. Whomever drafts Williams will more than likely just be drafting him for his special teams upside, as his true NFL position is up for debate. He is a fantastic returner and could also play gunner as well. Having both Williams and Hollins as gunners would be a scary sight for punt returners across the league, and having a reliable threat as a returner would also open up our special teams.
Round 7 Pick 231: Patrick Johnson, Edge, Tulane
Johnson could be a late round steal for Miami if he falls to this pick. He is a very versatile player that could evolve into a Kyle Van Noy role if he becomes more agile. He has the ability to rush the passer, play the run, and drop back into the flat if needed. Brain Flores loves versatile players who can keep offenses guessing, and he would love to have Johnson on his team.
Round 7 Pick 244: Michal Menet, C, Penn State
Menet would be Miami’s developmental/emergency center, as Miami signed Matt Skura in free agency to be their new starting center once Ted Karras left in free agency. He’s a great run blocker, which is something that Miami desperately needs. Eventually with enough coaching and some development, we could see Menet work his way into a reliable backup role at the very least.
By: Chip Turner
OT – Michigan
6’6” – 326 lbs.
Jalen Mayfield is an ascending young talent (he won’t turn 21 until May) who played Right Tackle for the Wolverines from 2018-20. He looked very raw at times as a freshman in 2018, but developed well technically; the difference in his technique was readily apparent by the end of his Michigan career. He’s got good size and quickness, good footwork, and faced a bevy of pass rushers who are either in the NFL or will be drafted this weekend, more often than not coming out on the winning side of those conflicts. His most eye-opening performance came against Chase Young in 2019; Young was completely erased that game, with Mayfield frequently going up against him 1-on-1.
Mayfield did not have a particularly good Pro Day; his measurables don’t line up with how he looks on film. I’m uncertain how much this will hurt his draft stock, but it certainly didn’t help. While he certainly looked impressive against a Murderer’s Row of pass rushers, he also has a very limited sample size to glean information from; he had a grand total of 15 starts at Michigan.
Jalen Mayfield is a bit of a conundrum as to where he’s going to be drafted; it really depends on how much stock various front offices put into his Pro Day performance, or lack thereof. It’s going to come down to how much value is placed on his game tape vs his metrics. I believe Mayfield could go as high as the top of the second round, but he could fall into round three. At that point, whichever team selects him is getting a starting right tackle with tremendous upside.
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By: Hussam Patel
As we initially predicted, Ereck Flowers is no longer a Miami Dolphin, per the official report from Ian Rapoport.” The Dolphins and the Washington Football Team are in agreement on a trade where they will swap Day 3 picks. We have said that Flowers remained a cap casualty heading into this season and Grier certainly knows that.
Miami gets $9M back into their books in 2021. Per Jeremy Fowler's reporting, the Dolphins have thought about moving Robert Hunt to Right Guard. This signals that Solomon Kindley will move back to his initial spot of left guard and DJ Fluker as the current right tackle.
By: Hussam Patel
Round 1 Pick 9 (Trades Denver pick 9 and 231, Receives pick 114 and 2022 1st rounder and Future 2022 pick)
DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
I’m never getting off this boat. Brian Flores wants play-makers on his offense, and DeVonta Smith is a certified play-maker. “You can nitpick all you want about a guy's size, but good players are good players. We all can see that. This guy is a very good player. He made a lot of plays in college. He made a lot of plays in the biggest games of the year." - Flores on Smith. I firmly believe Miami will pick Smith, and if they can get him at Pick 9 while picking up additional draft capital, that’s even better.
Round 1 Pick 18
Najee Harris, RB, Alabama
There’s no “slippery slope” about drafting Najee Harris at 18. He’s the right pick. There’s not a lot of mileage on Harris, as people mention he’s “old” for a RB when he’s 22. Najee Harris will open up the Dolphins playbook and take some pressure off of Tua Tagovailoa. There was no threat of a run game at all last year, and defenses were able to sniff it out. A 1-2 punch of Harris and Gaskin will provide a nice RB duo as both can run and catch the ball, providing a security blanket for the offense.
Round 2 Pick 36
Quinn Meinerz, G/C, Wisconsin Whitewater
Miami signed Matt Skura as a center in free agency, but it’s only a one-year deal. Picking up fan favorite Quinn Meinerz solidifies the future of Miami’s offensive line. Ereck Flowers could be a camp cut due to his salary, as both Meinerz and Skura can play G/C and I wouldn’t rule out both playing on the field together. Meinerz brings toughness the Dolphins have been missing since Richie Incognito, and his technical fluidity is similar to Ryan Jensen. This is a home run selection, fortifying the line and keeping Tua upright.
Round 2 Pick 50
Elijah Molden, CB, Washington
There are murmurs that Brian Flores wants to draft a corner high on Day 2 or Day 3. Per my colleague Jason Sarney’s reporting, there are some surprise players Flo and the Dolphins are targeting. In this case, Elijah Molden is my best guess, as he’s the best slot corner in this draft. While he may not have the best athleticism, his technique is what allows him to stand out, and most of Miami’s corners are technicians. Molden may have to battle it out in training camp against Nik Needham and Justin Coleman if he wants to be a starting corner in Miami. He has the versatility to play safety as well.
Round 3 Pick 81
Payton Turner, EDGE, Houston
This year’s EDGE class is a bit tricky to evaluate, as many prospects have their pros and cons. The Miami Dolphins take a chance on the athletic Payton Turner out of Houston. Turner is an intriguing prospect as he can be an Interior DL, put his hands in the dirt on the edge, and be a stand up rusher. This sort of versatility is exciting, as Flores can put him anywhere on the defensive line; with his 6’6” 270 pound frame and pass rush moves he can be tough to block anywhere. He’s not a speed guy, but he explodes off the line and creates havoc that can be exploited by linebackers; this is perfect for Miami’s scheme. The Cougar product may need some development, which is fine, he would be used with limited snaps to produce efficiently in his rookie year.
Round 4 Pick 114 (From Denver)
Tony Fields II, LB, West Virginia
Elandon Roberts was re-signed to a one year deal, and Fields provides insurance as the run stopping LB of the future in Miami. He will likely start off as a key special teams contributor early on in his career. He reads run plays well, particularly draws and delayed runs; there are plenty of examples of him blowing up run plays as they’re developing behind the line of scrimmage. He’s savvy going up against O-Linemen; he lacks the physicality to shed blockers, but he has enough quickness and lateral agility to keep their hands off him a good amount of the time. While he’s not the strongest tackler, he doesn’t seem to get fooled often, tracking ball carriers through traffic and latching on.
Round 5 Pick 156
Demetric Felton, RB/WR, UCLA
At the Senior Bowl, Demetric Felton played the slot and showed how good of a receiver he can be. In college, Felton was an average running back, but what made him stand out was his pass- catching ability. Having this ability is extremely crucial in today's NFL, as everyone is looking for that “do it all” back. In addition to being a good receiver and one of the best route runners in college football last year, Felton was also a return man in college. Felton provides additional depth in the RB, WR and return man room, and will battle it out in camp. There would be plays manufactured for Felton and he would be a steal in the 5th round.
Round 7 Pick 258
Cam Bynum, CB, California
A depth signing and someone who will be a special teamer, Bynum started every single game he played in from the time he was a red-shirt freshman to a senior. He isn’t scared to go out and make a tackle, which is one of his strong points. Bynum does have some issues with his technique, which is very questionable and inconsistent. Even though he doesn’t have the best technique, Bynum is a very physical player. Gerald Alexander (Miami’s DB coach) was Bynum's coach at California.
By: Tanner Elliott
The Miami Dolphins have uncovered some late round gems in the past few drafts. Some of the most notable players include Solomon Kindley (Round 4, 2020), Andrew Van Ginkel (Round 5, 2019), Myles Gaskin (Round 7, 2019), and Jason Sanders (Round 7, 2018). This year they hope to replicate some of this late round draft magic with their Day Three picks. Here are some projected late round players who could become hidden gems for Miami.
Rakeem Boyd, RB, Arkansas
You might remember Boyd from his appearance on Last Chance U, Season 3. Boyd has been with Arkansas for the past three seasons, and looked like a NFL running back in 2018 and 2019. Unfortunately for Boyd, his 2020 season wasn’t the best. Boyd isn’t the most talented runner in the draft, but he has shown flashes of potential during his college career, which could make him an intriguing option. If Miami does end up picking Boyd, expect him to start off on special teams and potentially get some playtime later on in the year due to injuries/fatigue in the other backs.
Patrick Johnson, Edge, Tulane
Johnson is a player who can be low-risk/high-reward for anyone in this draft. As stated, he is an edge player but he also dropped back in coverage some during college. In addition to that, he is also adequate against the run, so he can do a little bit of everything. This versatility is something that head coach Brain Flores would love to have on his defense. Scouts tend to say his length isn’t the best, but to me that isn’t a huge issue, as he is super versatile, has a high motor, and has a ton of ways to beat blockers. Johnson is athletic enough to really do anything you ask of him. If he does end up being selected by Miami, expect him to immediately end up in the edge rotation and could carve out a starting role.
Damar Hamlin, Safety, Pittsburgh
Hamlin is a very interesting prospect who could turn a ton of heads in the NFL. In college, he displayed the ability to get to the ball, with six interceptions and 21 passes defended during 34 games in college. He does have a bit of an injury history, which could steer teams away from him, but as a late round pick, you are looking for potential. Hamlin is a very raw prospect and with the right coaching, he could be a good NFL safety. He is an aggressive and willing tackler and Flores could have some fun with him in the defense. If Hamlin becomes a Dolphin, don’t expect a ton of him year one, as he would need time to develop, but in year two he would have a presence on the defense.
Dan Moore Jr., OL, Texas A&M
Offensive line depth has been one of biggest issues with the Miami Dolphins for a long time. Moore Jr. has the potential to solve this issue. He isn’t as aggressive as the rest of the offensive line, but has the ability to play both guard and tackle. Moore Jr. is more of a technician than a mauler, but he has the ability to be an average backup if his name is called. He is a good pass blocker and a good cut blocker (something Miami does like to do), so I think that he would be a viable backup or even a plug-in starter. If the Dolphins draft Moore Jr., expect him to be one of their developmental guys, and as I just said, be a guy they would count on if injuries on the line occur.
The PhinManiacs Podcast welcomes #81, OJ McDuffie to help "kick-off" draft week! The 1st-round MIA draft pick in 1993 helps Jason Sarney and Hussam Patel break down the 2021 draft prospects MIA will be targeting at WR...or TE!
OJ compares prospects Kyle Pitts, Ja'Marr Chase, Jaylen Waddle, and Devonta Smith to former Fins and helps the PhinManiacs break down some highlights! There are some great sleeper candidates mentioned, and what better way to learn what WR the Dolphins need, than hearing from a former #1 pick Miami Dolphin WR himself!
OJ talks about a dozen WRs, and Hussam Patel jumps on later to discuss some sleeper WRs beyond the top few prospects!
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By: Carter Melrose
Famously on the TuAmigos Podcast, I coined this post-free-agency Dolphins receiving corp. as the “Broken Boys.” With peace and love, this was meant to serve as a direct homage to the new starting three pass catchers on the roster:
This talented trio have a blatant inability to stay healthy, clean, and on the field. Whether that be because of an ACL tear, a phantom and persistent hamstring strife, or a lackluster drug test result - the Dolphins may have the riskiest and most unreliable set of weapons in the entire NFL.
And for this reason, they cannot choose DeVonta Smith at 6.
But I’ll get back to that later.
First, let's look at the statistics - putting a heavy emphasis on the AFC East:
As a whole, the Dolphins WRs miss over 25% of their games; obviously not a problem to be taken lightly. Yet, for whatever reason, everybody seems to be ignoring its blatant existence.
Juxtaposing the insanely-high 26.9% up against Miami’s AFC rivals, the numbers aren’t even close. The Patriots, who have the second-least reliable receivers in the division, don’t even appear half as often on the injury report as the Miami trio.
But let's look closer - starting with the flashy new face:
Straight up, this guy misses a whopping 33.75% of his games. His most noteworthy absences come from a 2018 torn ACL and a 2020 PED suspension. Something the Dolphins organization noticeably has taken into account as they gave him a lowly 1 year, $10.6 million ‘prove it’ contract. But this knowledge still does nothing to heal or lick our gaping wounds after Dolphin’s Twitter clamored for Curtis Samuel all off-season (who only misses 17.12% of his games).
This will be hard to believe: Parker has missed the least games out of the starting three. He is absent for a team low 13.54% of his games - this percentage, however, does not account for the numerous times (and I mean numerous) Parker has played only a couple of snaps before inevitably suffering another hamstring flare.
You know what they say: “Once is an accident, twice is a coincidence, and three times is a pattern.” The ‘Unicorn’ has had two season ending injuries in his first two seasons in the NFL - placing him on the ‘coincidence’ level of this analogy. One more injury would make bingo - putting a definite end to his time in Miami (he has missed an eye popping 50% of his games).
My Case Against DeVonta Smith at 6
This past month, Smith’s most accurate weigh-in was made public. The Heisman winner, who was notably unguardable in the National Championship Game, clocked in at a rare 166-pounds.
A weight far too risky for my blood.
But as I say this next part, I want to clearly emphasize to my PhinManiacs compadre Hussam Patel, that I do not have any doubt DeVonta Smith is a talented prospect. The real problem with Smith at 6 arises when you take a second to add context:
Even when healthy, the Dolphin’s WR room are lacking a true number 1 guy; and, yes, that could be Smith.
But I’ll leave you with this Dolphins nation:
It's just too risky to nab this feather-light wide receiver at 6 - knowing full well that you are adding him to the most unreliable trio in the AFC East.
The PhinManiacs Podcast - Scouting Combine with Hussam Patel and Brandon Liguori with Special Guest Arif Hasan, "The Draft Data Aggregator!"
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Hussam, Brandon, and Arif discuss:
-Playmakers for Miami
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Hussam, and Brandon break down dozens of players with the help of Arif's consensus draft analytics from over 50 sources that are aggregated to compile his analysis! Outstanding process and extremely knowledgeable of the prospects in this year's class as well as the year's prior.
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