The 2021 NFL Draft kicks off subsequent week. We’re almost there as all of us work our manner by Mock Draft Season. As we’re reaching the end result of projections, predictions, assumptions, and smoke screens, ESPN’s Mel Kiper, Jr. and Todd McShay have launched a three-round, joint 2021 NFL Mock Draft, alternating picks all through the method. They stress that that is what they might do as the final supervisor for every crew, not what they suppose the crew will truly do primarily based on sources or rumors.
Kiper began the picks, taking the entire odd numbered picks. Meaning McShay made the primary Miami Dolphins decide, utilizing the sixth-overall choice so as to add LSU vast receiver Ja’Marr Chase. He explains the decide, writing, “Chase is my No. 1 vast receiver, and Miami completely has to get one other weapon for Tua Tagovailoa. Immediately he’d have Chase, Will Fuller V and DeVante Parker. You’ll be able to win with that trio.”
Primarily based on the way in which the board fell, with Florida tight finish Kyle Pitts being chosen fourth by the Atlanta Falcons, Chase is completely the suitable decide for Miami right here. Parker, Fuller, and Chase is a dynamic trio and may give Miami an explosive offense, particularly if they’re able to add a working again later within the Draft.
McShay is again on the clock for Miami’s 18th-overall choice, utilizing it so as to add Notre Dame linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah to the Dolphins’ roster. He writes, “We obtained the Dolphins a receiver within the high 10, so I’m turning to the protection right here and getting them one thing they haven’t had shortly: a flexible linebacker who can cowl and fill a number of roles.”
The important thing piece in McShay’s assertion is the “cowl” a part of Owusu-Koramoah’s talents. The Dolphins want that protection linebacker to help with tight ends and working backs. They get that right here in what’s a extremely good decide for Miami.
The Dolphins come again up within the choice course of with the Thirty sixth-overall decide, giving McShay one other choice for Miami. He returns to the offense with the choice, including one other Notre Dame participant, this time offensive lineman Liam Eichenberg. He explains, “Getting Tua Tagovailoa a receiver (Ja’Marr Chase) was half the battle. How a few clear pocket? I anticipate GM Chris Grier to take a position picks on this offense, and I’m doing the identical. Eichenberg is flexible sufficient to play deal with or guard.”
Miami’s Fiftieth-overall decide retains McShay liable for the Dolphins’ picks, and he sticks with the offensive line right here. He provides Texas deal with/guard Samuel Cosmi for the Dolphins, explaining, “With no working backs on this vary, it’s extra safety for Tua Tagovailoa. And like Liam Eichenberg, Cosmi is flexible and may play inside or exterior. Let’s see if Tagovailoa is actually the man for Miami.”
The offensive line is prone to be an space Miami targets, although they may additionally belief that an incumbent veteran (guard/deal with Jesse Davis), 2020 first-round decide (deal with Austin Jackson), a 2020 second-round decide (deal with Robert Hunt), a 2020 fourth-round decide (guard Solomon Kindley), a 2020 free agent signing (guard Ereck Flowers), and two 2021 free agent signings (deal with D.J. Flucker and middle Matt Skura) might put collectively a strong line for this 12 months. Including an offensive lineman or two early within the choice course of will not be out of the realm of chance for Miami, however neither is utilizing the picks on different positions.
Working again is the doubtless high space Miami has but to handle, however, to be honest to McShay’s course of in choosing Dolphins gamers, Alabama’s Najee Harris was chosen twenty fourth by the Pittsburgh Steelers, Clemson’s Travis Etienne went thirty third to the Jacksonville Jaguars, and North Carolina’s Javonte Williams was chosen thirty fifth by the Atlanta Falcons. Within the span between Miami’s 18th-overall decide and their subsequent choice at 36, all three of the highest working backs got here off the board. Turning the eye to the offensive line is sensible – although in search of an edge rusher is also an possibility.
The sting rusher comes up with the 81st-overall decide, Kiper’s first crack at including a participant for Miami. He selects Duke linebacker Chris Rumph, writing, “How did McShay have the Dolphins’ first 4 picks? Rumph has some versatility — Duke used him everywhere in the area — however he suits as an out of doors linebacker for the Dolphins, who want extra from their go rush this season. He had eight sacks in 2020. His dad, Chris, is the Bears’ defensive position coach.”
Rumph and Andrew Van Ginkel might be mixture of rush linebackers creating strain for Miami.
Getting by the primary three rounds with a large receiver, a protection linebacker, two offensive linemen, and a rush linebacker can be an amazing haul for Miami. Getting shut-out of the highest three working backs can be a troublesome state of affairs, however the Dolphins do appear to love and belief Myles Gaskin, so it won’t be a season-ending miss. I in all probability wouldn’t have doubled down on offensive line, giving some flexibility for edge or secondary, and even one other receiver within the second- or third-round, however this isn’t a horrible mock for Miami.