The Miami Dolphins entered the NFL draft in 2021 with a lot of capital and made the most of it. Miami is a rising team and its schedule to be a playoff team has just been cut short.
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NFL Dolphin Elections:
. Round 1 (Choice 6) – Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
Waddle has incredible speed that can stretch the defense to the limit and is a well-rounded perspective. He is the closest thing to Tyrick Hill in this class of drafts. This is not a terrible choice or even a bad choice of any imagination. It’s just that with this maximum of selection, there are other options to choose from that could be better.
Oregon’s Penei Sewell was still on board at the time. The front office could choose Sewell and anchor him on the offensive line for years to come. Then the Dolphins could handle the broad position of the receiver in the second round by taking someone like Rondal Moore from Purdue.
As for receivers in the form of Waddle, their potential is maximized when paired with passers-by who have a cannon in hand. Think Hill with Patrick Mohames or Stephen Diggs with Josh Allen. While Tua Tagovailoa showed promise as a quarterback of the starting caliber, his talent for hand is not one of his strengths. Of course, there are still many creative ways to use quick extensions.
Miami already has a speedster in Will Fuller’s squad, but he is very prone to injury and is only on a one-year deal.
Dolphins class B +
2. Round 1 (Choice 18) – Gelan Phillips, EDGE, Miami
Philips stays in Miami. Putting perhaps the best player in first place in the 18th selection is a victory for the Dolphins. If Philips was healthy, he would be a top 10 talent. It has everything you are looking for in an edge defender.
At 6’5, 266 pounds, Philips is very athletic and has the size and length that must exceed the position. He is a force both against the pass and when running and shows the turn as a problem for the attacking commanders.
Dolphins class A
3. Round 2 (Choice 36) – Jevon Holland, South America, Oregon
This is a good value choice, as the Dolphins managed to catch one of the best players available when needed. The Netherlands is amazing in coverage and will wear many hats to quickly improve protection. He has the skills and smoothness of the ball to play even a cornerback and the speed to cover the slot.
It significantly raises the ceiling to the average. Some may prefer to choose Trevon Moerig from TCU over the Netherlands, as he was considered the best safety in the class.
Dolphins class A
4. Round 2 (Choice 42) – Liam Eichenberg, Ontario, Notre Dame
Eichenberg is a precise offensive promising line operator that can handle space or slide inside a guard. He shows good speed and wins with technique. Eichenberg is quite athletic and can hire second-level backbacks.
The only problem with this choice is that Miami had to be exchanged for a player who would probably have been available if they remained stationary at number 50. Samuel Cosmi of Texas and Dylan Radunts of NMSU rank similarly compared to Eichenberg and were taken after the 50th pick.
Dolphins class B
5. Round 3 (Choice 81) – Hunter Long, TE, Boston College
Long will be a big target for Tagovailoa. He has reliable hands and is a solid participant in the route. Long is hard to take down and will struggle to get extra yards. Although it may not be a force in blocking running, it shows a determination to be.
Long will have to become stronger on a professional level and his overall game can use a little varnish.
Dolphins class B-
6. Round 7 (Choice 231) – Larnell Coleman, Ontario, Massachusetts
Coleman has long arms and is a great athlete. He will add much-needed depth to Miami’s offensive line. Coleman is 6’7 and is offered at 300 pounds, so he is a little weaker than most solutions. At this stage of his career, he is more of a project that may one day break through the starting lineup.
Dolphins class B-
7. Round 7 (Choice 244) – Gerrid Dawkes, RB, Cincinnati
Doaks is a power that can be used in early situations or when playing short distances. He’s not the fastest man out there, but he has this initial blast that can throw out defenders. Doaks does not plan to participate in the passing game.
For Doaks it will be a climb up before he becomes part of the retreat committee.
Dolphins class C +