Saturday, March 6, 2021

Pre-Free Agency Miami Dolphins 2021 NFL Mock Draft Roundup

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 (3/5)

3. Ja'Marr Chase, WR, LSU

Chase opted out of the 2020 collegiate season, but the 2019 Biletnikoff Award recipient would have been the WR1 had he been eligible to join last year's talent-laden crop of wide receivers. As a true sophomore and a 19-year-old, Chase dominated SEC competition to the tune of 84 receptions for 1,780 yards (21.2 Y/R) and 20 touchdowns. Not only did he lead the country in yardage and touchdowns, 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, Owusu-Koramoah is a defensive playmaker that would offer Brian Flores and Josh Boyer plenty of versatility. An explosive athlete with outstanding coverage range, Owusu-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.

ESPN - McShay (3/4)

8. DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama

Miami GM Chris Grier has to be happy with this outcome. First, the Dolphins trade back a few spots for extra picks. Then one of the top two wide receivers is still there when it is their turn to pick. Giving quarterback Tua Tagovailoa one of his favorite targets from his Alabama days would surely improve his QBR when throwing to wide receivers, which ranked No. 31 of 33 qualified QBs last season (60.8). Smith, fresh off a Heisman-winning, record-breaking season in Tuscaloosa, is super explosive and shows savviness in his route running.

Cameron Wolfe on his fit with the Dolphins: Smith would immediately become the team's most explosive offensive playmaker. He would be a starter opposite DeVante Parker, likely playing both outside and slot receiver, and would slide the talented but oft-injured Preston Williams to the No. 3 receiver role.

18. Alijah Vera-Tucker, IOL, USC

We got Tua Tagovailoa a receiver in DeVonta Smith earlier, so let's now get him some extra protection on the line. Vera-Tucker anchors well in pass pro and has allowed just four pressures over his past two seasons at USC. The Dolphins were among the most blitzed teams in the NFL last season (33.1% of dropbacks), and much like we've discussed with the Bengals and Chargers, you need to protect a young quarterback -- especially if he has an injury history like Tagovailoa does.

Cameron Wolfe on his fit with the Dolphins: The Dolphins' offensive line improved in 2020 but still finished in the bottom third of the league in pass and run blocking. An early projection would have Vera-Tucker as an immediate starter at right guard, 2020 second-round pick Robert Hunt staying at right tackle and versatile veteran Jesse Davis moving to the bench.

CBS Sports - Trapasso (3/3)

9. Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida

How about Mike Gesicki and Pitts for Tua Tagovailoa's second season in Miami? Not bad. Not too bad at all.

18. Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota

The Dolphins are going all-in on offensive weapons for Tagovailoa. After Pitts earlier in Round 1, they get their young quarterback a well-rounded weapon in Bateman.

The Athletic - Beat Writers (3/1)

3. DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama

Roll Fins? As the Dolphins aim to surround quarterback Tua Tagovailoa with more playmakers, this reunites him with his former Alabama teammate and the reigning Heisman Trophy winner. Smith left a lasting impression on Miami's front office during his final collegiate game, when he caught 12 passes for 215 yards and three touchdowns in the national championship game at ... Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. -- Josh Tolentino

18. Najee Harris, RB, Alabama

Roll Fins, indeed! Besides adding an explosive playmaker at wideout, improving the rushing attack should be near the top of Miami's list of priorities. Over the past two seasons, the Dolphins have ranked 32nd and 25th in yards per carry. Enter Harris, whom The Athletic's Dane Brugler describes as quick and graceful, while displaying “athletic cuts, natural instincts, reliability as a pass-catcher and toughness to wear down defenses.” The additions of Smith and Harris will provide Tagovailoa with immediate familiarity and additional comfort as he prepares to enter his second season with the Dolphins after going 6-3 as the starter. Notre Dame's Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah and Georgia's Azeez Ojulari, both linebackers, were also considered. -- Josh Tolentino

Touchdown Wire - Farrar (2/26)

3. Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

In his rookie season, Tua Tagovailoa was pressured on 95 of his 326 dropbacks, completing 29 of 66 passes for 310 yards, no touchdowns, and two interceptions under pressure. Tua was responsible for some of those pressures, but Miami's offensive tackles combined to allow eight sacks, 20 quarterback hits, and 95 quarterback hurries last season. Sewell would put half of that to rest in a big hurry; the only question is whether the Dolphins would move him from left to right tackle to protect the lefty's blind side. He opted out of the 2020 season, but in a year and a half as a starter at Oregon, Sewell gave up just one sack, three quarterback hits, and 11 quarterback hurries in 670 pass-blocking snaps. His combination of movement skills and raw power is unmatched in this class, and he's one of the best tackle prospects of the last decade.

18. Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida

Do the Dolphins need a premier running back? Given that Myles Gaskin led the team in 2020 with 584 yards and three touchdowns on 142 carries, sure. Do the Dolphins need a complementary receiver to help Tua Tagovailoa round out his game? I think that's a more pressing concern. DeVante Parker is the obvious WR1, and tight end Mike Gesicki is a fine red-zone target, but outside of that... Jakeem Grant, Isaiah Ford, and Preston Williams are decent options, but for a timing-and-rhythm passer like Tagovailoa, the more receivers you can get open in space, the better your passing game is going to be.

Few receivers in this class are better able to present a favorable target to the receiver than Toney, despite his somewhat raw route-running abilities. At any point, he's able to take a simple slant or screen to the house with his short-area speed and ridiculous elusiveness, which tends to take the sting out of the whole route tree thing in the short term. And over time, Toney could become an elite NFL weapon with an expanded route understanding. All the tools are there for him to become Tua Tagovailoa's new best buddy. - Casserly (2/25)

3. Ja'Marr Chase, WR, LSU

The Dolphins need to add talent around Tua Tagovailoa and do so with a playmaker reminiscent of DeAndre Hopkins.

18. Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami (FL)

The Dolphins need a legitimate pass rusher on the outside and spend their second first-round pick on one of the top prospects at the position. - Meinke (2/25)

3. DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama

Miami is clearly trending up under Brian Flores, but the jury remains out on Tua Tagovailoa. It would be wise to consider investing in Tua's success, and what better way to do that than reunite him with his old teammate -- who just so happens to be the reigning Heisman Trophy winner?

18. Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech

The Dolphins have already surrounded Tua with first-round picks at left tackle last year (Austin Jackson) and receiver this year (DeVonta Smith). Now they bookend that offensive line with another premium talent in Darrisaw, who allowed just six pressures -- and no hits! -- on 293 pass blocks last season.

San Diego Union Tribune (2/24)

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 Chase, the 2019 Biletnikoff Award winner, actually was during the Tigers national title run as a 19 year old. Remember, Justin Jefferson was considered Robin to Chase's Batman.

18. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame

Jerome Baker needs a running mate at linebacker to help the Dolphins defense become an elite unit. Owusu-Koramoah is an explosive athlete who can make plays from sideline-to-sideline. The ACC Defensive Player of the Year also won the Butkus Award (nation's top linebacker) and was a consensus All-American.

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