Despite some malcontents who want to paint Miami’s GM Chris Grier as someone deserving of being fired the evidence is clear that those folks making that call are dead wrong! They use misinformation or just outright lies or skew the facts with just the negatives. (Players they think He missed on)
Miami’s GM Chris Grier is not alone in decision making in fact he has two very solid experienced men working along with him as well as the scouting staff and the head coach so the credit (often given to the HC or GM) or the blame also (often given to the HC or GM) really goes to the entire evaluating staff including all the way up to the owner!
Looking at the results of our 2021 Rookie draft picks one should conclude it was a major success and from the reports surfacing they confirm what we all already knew.
From S/I reporter ALAIN POUPART
Three members of that class were named Tuesday to the Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie, making the Dolphins one of three teams with three selections — along with the Kansas City Chiefs and Cleveland Browns.
The three Dolphins players selected, of course, were the team’s top three picks — Jaylen Waddle, Jaelan Phillips and Jevon Holland.
I was shocked while listening to the Joe Rose show on WQAM (Miami’s flagship station) when they were complaining that Miami drafted WR Jaylen Waddle when in their words they could have stayed at 6 and drafted WR Jamar Chase…all in some lame attempt to try and bolster their hatred of GM Chris Grier!
Did they not see what Jaylen Waddle did this year?
Dolphins wide receiver Jaylen Waddle collected his 102nd reception to secure the league’s record for the most catches in a rookie season during Miami’s game against the Patriots. Waddle broke the record previously set by former Cardinals receiver Anquan Boldin in 2003.
Waddle ended up with
- 104 REC 8th in the league
- 1,015 YDS 25th
- 6TD’s Tied-25th
Waddle proved to be a weapon that Tua could rely on and the only WR on the team that was reliable all season. I cannot believe that anyone would be upset that we have this young rising star on our team.
Miami did the right thing in drafting the WR Tua was familiar with over Lamar Chase, no knock-on Chase he truly is special too, still I have no regrets that Jaylen Waddle was the pick.
Jaelan Phillips was Miami’s 2nd first round pick of 2021 and even though I wanted Miami to double down on another Alabama product RB Najee Harris at that spot I am not disappointed that we have Phillips. He started off slow as Miami had to find the best way to use him, once they did this young man was a beast!
Phillips ended the season with 8.5 sacks and was second among all NFL rookies this season behind only Dallas Cowboys star Micah Parsons. It also broke Miami all time rookie record.
Jevon was special this year and he made all of us forget about another Safety that demanded to be traded two seasons ago. Jevon was thrusted into the starting role once an injury forced Eric Rowe out and Jevon never looked back and having veterans Eric Rowe and Jason McCourty as mentors contributed towards his growth.
Whatever the reason we have a legitimate ball hawk that can lay the wood as he is exciting to watch.
The Dolphins top 3 picks in the 2021 draft are all potential pro bowlers and we have not just GM Chris Grier to thank nor just Brian Flores but the men behind the scenes doing the scouting and player evaluations (See The Men Behind The Miami Dolphins Rebuild)
The credit and blame are a shared thing amongst many people who are actively looking for talent for our Dolphins and I want to thank them all for this year’s crop and I have not given up WAY TO EARLY on our 2020 draft prospects…. time will tell!
2021 PFWA ALL‐ROOKIE TEAM
QB – Mac Jones, New England Patriots
RB – Najee Harris, Pittsburgh Steelers; Javonte Williams, Denver Broncos
WR – Ja’Marr Chase, Cincinnati Bengals; Jaylen Waddle, Miami Dolphins
TE – Kyle Pitts, Atlanta Falcons
C – Creed Humphrey, Kansas City Chiefs
G – Trey Smith, Kansas City Chiefs; Alijah Vera‐Tucker; New York Jets
T – Rashawn Slater, Los Angeles Chargers; Penei Sewell, Detroit Lions
DL – Christian Barmore, New England Patriots; Odafe Oweh, Baltimore Ravens; Kwity Paye, Indianapolis Colts; Jaelan Phillips, Miami Dolphins
LB – Nick Bolton, Kansas City Chiefs; Jeremiah Owusu‐Koramoah, Cleveland Browns; Micah Parsons, Dallas Cowboys
CB – Greg Newsome II, Cleveland Browns; Patrick Surtain II, Denver Broncos
S – Jevon Holland, Miami Dolphins; Tre’Von Moehrig, Las Vegas Raiders
PK – Evan McPherson, Cincinnati Bengals
P – Pressley Harvin III, Pittsburgh Steelers
KR – Kene Nwangwu, Minnesota Vikings
PR – Demetric Felton, Cleveland Browns
ST – Nick Niemann, Los Angeles Chargers