Saturday, January 16, 2021

Miami Dolphins 2021 NFL Mock Draft Roundup, 4.0

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2021 NFL draft, we will update our Miami Dolphins Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Miami Dolphins from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

For a more inclusive lists of mock drafts for the Miami Dolphins, check out our 2021 Miami Dolphins Mock Draft Database.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Dolphins:

EDSFootball - Hanson (1/15)

3. Ja'Marr Chase, WR, LSU

Like with Justin Fields and Zach Wilson as QB2, there will be plenty of debate between Chase and Alabama's DeVonta Smith as WR1 in 2021. Even though Chase opted out in 2020, the 2019 Biletnikoff Award recipient would have been the WR1 had he been eligible for last year's talent-laden crop of wide receivers. As a true sophomore, Chase had 84 receptions for 1,780 yards (21.2 Y/R) and 20 touchdowns. Not only did he lead the country in yardage and touchdown, no receiver had more 15-yard receptions (46) or 25-yard receptions (25) than Chase in 2019.

18. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame

Although a bit undersized as a linebacker, Uwusu-Koramoah is a defensive playmaker that would offer Brian Flores and Josh Boyer plenty of versatility. An explosive athlete with outstanding coverage range, Uwusu-Koramoah has led the Irish in tackles for loss in back-to-back seasons with 24.5 TFL total to go along with five forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, an interception and seven sacks over that span.

San Diego Union Tribune (1/13)

3. Ja'Marr Chase, WR, LSU

It's scary that a 10-win team with such a good coach and plenty of young talent also has four picks in the top 50. The Dolphins are desperate for wide receivers who can get open. A lot of people are forgetting how good the 2019 Biletnikoff Award winner actually was during the Tigers national title run.

18. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame

The Dolphins are only a few players away from fielding a potentially elite defense. Owusu-Koramoah is an explosive athlete who can make plays from sideline-to-sideline. The ACC Defensive Player of the Year also was won the Butkus Award (nation's top linebacker) and was a consensus All-American.

The Athletic - Brugler (1/12)

3. DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama

The Dolphins are proceeding with Tua Tagovailoa as their starting quarterback and they should have their sights set on getting him help. To take the next step in his development, Tagovailoa needs to learn the difference between "college open" and "NFL open" and reuniting him with Smith, who has elite ball skills and separation quickness, would speed up that learning curve.

18. Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan

The Dolphins received surprising pass-rush production from Emmanuel Ogbah and Andrew Van Ginkel, but there is no such thing as too many pass rushers. Paye is an outstanding run defender and his twitchy lower body and relentless energy help him break down the rhythm of blockers.

The Draft Network - Marino (1/7)

8. Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

TRADE: Miami receives 8th overall pick, 72nd overall pick, 2022 first-round pick from Carolina in exchange for 3rd overall pick.

The trade back with Carolina provides Miami with even more capital this year and next, while also putting them in range to add a meaningful playmaker for Tagovailoa, and in this case, someone he is familiar with in Waddle, his former Crimson Tide teammate. The Dolphins' wide receiver corps lacks separation ability, yards after contact skills, speed, and consistency catching the football and would immediately receive a boost in all the right places by adding Waddle.

18. Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson

The Dolphins need to find more big-play threats on offense and that's exactly what Etienne is. The ACC's all-time leading rusher, Etienne averaged nearly eight yards per touch in college with 78 touchdowns for his career. He emerged as a receiving threat out of the backfield over the last two seasons and he features elite burst and acceleration. If Miami is going to stick with the horizontal spread offense, a back like Etienne will help with spacing and creating chunks of offense.

ESPN - McShay (1/7)

3. DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama

No, I don't think the Dolphins are drafting another quarterback. I do think they will draft a high-impact player here to give Tua Tagovailoa support. Smith, who caught 83 passes from Tagovailoa over three years at Alabama, is the real deal. He is quick off the line, excellent on vertical shots and able to haul in anything thrown in his direction. Miami managed just 7.1 yards per attempt when targeting a wide receiver this season (27th in the NFL), whereas Smith piled up more than 1,600 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns in 2020 -- and the Heisman Trophy winner still has another college game to play.

18. Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota

How badly does Tua Tagovailoa need playmakers around him in Miami, as he had at Alabama? I'm giving the Dolphins two first-round wide receivers, something no team has done in the common draft era. DeVonta Smith starts that process at No. 3, and Bateman continues it at No. 18. Among 33 qualified quarterbacks, Tagovailoa ranked 31st in QBR when targeting a wide receiver (60.8) this season. Bateman would provide him with a tenacious middle-of-the-field presence, and he has great hands. Smith, Bateman, DeVante Parker and Preston Williams would give Tagovailoa's offense some oomph.

USA Today - MMS (1/5)

3. Ja'Marr Chase, WR, LSU

Afforded this selection thanks to the Laremy Tunsil trade with Houston, Miami once again finds itself faced with a quarterback decision. Though Tua Tagovailoa didn't enjoy the same personal highs as classmates Justin Herbert and Joe Burrow, the Dolphins will be hard-pressed to take another passer this high unless they're bowled over by one that falls to this slot. Equipping Tagovailoa with Chase, who torched elite opposition en route to multiple Southeastern Conference records last year before opting out in 2020, might stand as the savviest way to return the quarterback to a more freewheeling form.

18. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame

His exact role in the NFL might be difficult to determine after he operated as a linebacker/safety hybrid, but Owusu-Koramoah should fit in nicely in Miami thanks to his ability to handle both tight ends and running backs in coverage.

Athlon Sports - Fisher (1/5)

3. Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern

The chatter about Miami moving on from Tua Tagovailoa remains just that, chatter. It makes far more sense to keep building around their young QB to give him every chance to succeed. As a result, Slater can slide in at tackle opposite Austin Jackson to give the team some franchise-building blocks up front and fix a long-neglected area of need.

18. DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama

The lack of weapons in Miami figures to get rectified in a big way this draft and what better way to give a boost to Tua and the passing game than his old pal from Tuscaloosa?

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