Dean's ability to close space between himself and ball carriers may be the best in this draft class. Incredible combination of quickness, speed, instincts and sure tackling make him a first round gem for any organization. The Dolphins have been inconsistent on defense this season and taking a talent like Dean would dramatically enhance their linebacking unit's production. Dean is a sure-tackler who finds himself as one of six finalist for the Butkus Award (nation's best linebacker) and a fast rising talent that could climb higher up draft boards as the season progresses.
Miami could go QB here, but with the top three QBs off the board, they address another big need. Cross is young, and could afford to add weight, but he makes up for it with jump off the screen athleticism.
Jahan Dotson is arguably having the best season of any WR in college football. His ability to stretch the field vertically while also being able to work the middle of the field makes him a special talent at WR. If the Miami Dolphins want to truly evaluate Tua Tagovailoa's ability to be a starting QB in the NFL, they must upgrade the receivers he's throwing the football to.
Neal is a 6-foot-7, 350-pound mammoth who has rare athleticism. He ranked No. 1 on Bruce Feldman's annual "Freaks List" this past offseason for a reason, and he has the tools and collegiate production to back it up. Neal recorded an 80.0-plus grade in each of the last two seasons while facing stiff SEC competition. This year, in particular, Neal has allowed multiple pressures in a single game just twice.
The Dolphins drafted Austin Jackson at No. 18 overall in the 2020 draft with the hopes that he'd be their long-term left tackle, but the experiment hasn't worked. After he was moved to guard, there's still a massive hole on the outside. Miami's offensive line ranks last in the league in pass block win rate. Cross, who is technically sound and consistent, could be a plug-and-play option.