Sunday, February 7, 2021

Miami Dolphins 2021 NFL Mock Draft Roundup, 5.0

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: - Zierlein (2/4)

3. DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama

It is imperative for the Dolphins to add a playmaker to pair with Tua Tagovailoa and give the offense some much-needed explosiveness.

18. Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami (FL)

With just one full year of tape to his name and a good chunk of his sack production coming from an inside alignment, Rousseau might be a bit of a risk. But he is very long and has traits that GM Chris Grier and coach Brian Flores should love. - Brooks (2/1)

3. Ja'Marr Chase, WR, LSU

The Dolphins need more firepower on the perimeter to help Tua Tagovailoa take a major leap forward in Year 2.

18. Najee Harris, RB, Alabama

After taking a receiver with the third pick, the Dolphins add a big-time back with dynamic skills as a runner and receiver to provide more help for Tua Tagovailoa. Harris is a Matt Forte-like playmaker.

Akron Beacon Journal - Kadar (2/1)

3. Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

There's a bit of irony in the pick that was acquired by trading left tackle Laremy Tunsil being used on his replacement. Sewell may have sat out the 2020 season, but he's an elite tackle prospect worthy of a top-five pick.

18. Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

Whether it's Tua Tagovailoa or somebody brought in, the Dolphins will hopefully have some plan this offseason at quarterback. Assuming they address that position by the draft, they can really load up on a roster that is already pretty decent. Whoever is the quarterback for the Dolphins will need more explosive playmakers. Waddle missed the majority of the season with an injury but he is a speed demon. What the Chiefs are doing right now with Tyreek Hill a team like the Dolphins could replicate with Waddle.

The Ringer - Kelly (1/31)

3. Ja'Marr Chase, WR, LSU

The Dolphins could go in any number of directions here, but getting more explosive on offense should be at the top of the priority list. Chase would address that need; lined up alongside DeVante Parker and Mike Gesicki, the former LSU star would make things a whole lot easier for Tua Tagovailoa (or whoever ends up playing QB for Miami next year).

18. Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa

Collins is a nice fit for the Dolphins' blitz-heavy defense as a big, athletic, and highly versatile defender who can line up at multiple spots. Whether he's dropping back to cover, blitzing from the second level, or lining up and rushing off the edge, Collins has a playmaker mentality and should provide a boost to Miami's ascending defense.

USA Today - Davis (1/28)

3. DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama

Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith has perhaps recently overshadowed Chase, who opted out of playing in 2020. But before Smith won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's preeminent receiver, Chase did so in 2019, setting a Southeastern Conference record with 20 TD catches -- a mark Smith surpassed in 2020 -- while averaging 21.2 yards per reception. Chase has plenty of speed and strength, excellent hands, high-points the ball with great effectiveness and is deadly in the red zone. He also runs every route, including a willingness to work over the middle -- and this may be where his sturdier frame (6-0, 208) will distinguish him from Smith. Chase and DeVante Parker would make a nifty receiving combo for Tua Tagovailoa in Miami ... assuming Tua and this pick aren't packaged to the Texans for Watson.

18. Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU

Miami looks set on the corners with Xavien Howard and Byron Jones but could certainly use help on the back end. Moehrig has nice range, plays with good instincts, can cover and is willing to come up and make a hit -- all traits coach Brian Flores would love.

ESPN - Kiper (1/26)

3. Ja'Marr Chase, WR, LSU

Tua Tagovailoa was just OK in nine starts as a rookie, but he needs some help. I like DeVante Parker, but he's not a No. 1 wide receiver. Chase can be. Because Chase opted out of the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I think some people are forgetting how good he was in 2019, when he averaged 21.2 yards per catch and had 20 touchdowns for the national champs. Just watch Chase's athleticism and concentration on this catch. Tagovailoa won't average just 6.3 yards per attempt with the 2019 Biletnikoff Award winner on the field.

18. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame

If Miami adds a wide receiver with the No. 3 pick, this selection is likely going toward a defense that took a big step forward in 2020, thanks in large part to stellar corner play from Xavien Howard and Byron Jones. So let's fortify the middle of the Miami D, where Elandon Roberts and Kamu Grugier-Hill are free agents. Owusu-Koramoah, who had 140 tackles and five forced fumbles over the past two seasons, could step right in and play one of the inside linebacker spots. He also has some pass-rush upside, as he had 8.5 sacks in 2019. The Dolphins are clearly ascending, and Owusu-Koramoah is a great fit as a speedy, sideline-to-sideline tackler. - Jeremiah (1/22)

3. Ja'Marr Chase, WR, LSU

The Dolphins need to add some playmakers around Tua Tagovailoa. Chase is the best pass catcher in the draft.

18. Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech

The Dolphins need to devote this offseason to supporting their young QB. Darrisaw is a sound, dependable player and would step right into the starting lineup at right tackle.

Baltimore Sun - Doon (1/22)

3. Ja'Marr Chase, WR, LSU

Will the Dolphins end up giving this pick back to the Texans in a trade for superstar quarterback Deshaun Watson? Miami has methodically accumulated picks during its rebuild, but after a surprising 10-6 season, it might push its chips in to win now. Should the Dolphins stay the course, the most immediate need is at wide receiver. Chase, who opted out in 2020, was a dominant player for LSU during its national championship run.

18. Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech

The Dolphins have some promising young pieces on the offensive line, but none that are guaranteed to be fixtures for years to come. Darrisaw was the second-highest graded tackle in the Power Five in 2020, according to PFF.

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