- WR , RB , EDGE , S , LB , OT , IOL ,IDL , QB , TE
As we are about three weeks away from the 2021 NFL draft, I have put together what the Dolphins primary needs are heading into the draft. It is apparent that Miami will be focusing on offense early but remember last year Miami also went offense early on in that draft.
The Dolphins focused on the trenches last year (as they should have) and received some good benefits and the three young Offensive linemen they drafted Round 1, pick 18: Austin Jackson, OT, USC, Round 2, pick 39: Robert Hunt, G, Louisiana-Lafayette, Round 4, pick 111 (from Texans): Solomon Kindley, G, Georgia, all had playing time and did well for Rookies as there were times when all three were in the lineup at the same time.
Despite many mocks for this year’s draft having Miami selecting OT Penei Sewell out of Oregon I do not see that happening and some are looking at the TE position as well and to me that is also an area, we don’t have a great need. Miami needs to address the skilled positions early that would be WR & RB and then take the best player available from then on.
Now this is where I and Dolphins GM Chris Grier differ in drafting, in fact I like the way former GM Jeff Ireland drafted as he took TBPA at position of need whereas Chris Grier takes TBPA regardless of need. That is where drafting WR Leonte Carroo back in 2016 / Round: 3 / Pick: 86 despite having Jarvis Landry, DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills on the roster in fact Miami traded up and gave up picks for Carroo and that just didn’t make any sense to me and it failed!
The same can be said in using a first-round pick for Noah Igbinoghene despite having just paid a ransom for free agent Byron Jones and having Xavien Howard on the roster. That to me is the mistake of drafting the BPA every time regardless of position and I know I am beating a dead horse here, but we all knew and believed the Dolphins would draft one of the top RB’s in the first or early second round last year and in hindsight they should have done so with the 30th pick they spent on Igbinoghene! Now once the Dolphins have filled every possible hole on the roster than drafting the BPA makes sense. As for Noah he is incredibly young and talented so I do expect him to be a major contributor in the near future, but RB Taylor was the player I would have taken at pick #30 last year.
So, this year hopefully Miami will do the right thing and take one of the top RB’s in the upcoming draft and I especially want RB Najee Harris and if it were my call he would be taken at or before pick #18.
So, I did another mock draft and I targeted TBPA at the positions of need in the order I listed above and here were my results:
- 6. Jaylen Waddle WR, Alabama
- 18. Najee Harris RB, Alabama
- 36. Jayson Oweh EDGE, Penn State
- 50. Jevon Holland S, Oregon
- 81. Dylan Moses LB Alabama
- 156. Michael Menet OC Penn State
- 231. Bryce Thompson CB, Tennessee
- 258.Ta’Quon Graham DT Texas
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