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Miami Dolphins 7-Round 2021 NFL Mock Draft

  • The Draft Network
  • March 8, 2021
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With three selections within the first 36 picks, the Miami Dolphins are sitting comfortably within one of the most unusual offseasons to date.

As a whole, Miami has just seven selections; however, with a trio of them coming before the middle of the second round ensues, general manager Chris Grier and head coach Brian Flores are set up nicely to add a jolt of talent into one of the leagues top up-and-coming rosters. In just his second season as head coach, Flores led Miami to its second 10-win season since 2008, but it was the fourth straight year where the team failed to reach the playoffs. 

Rumors have swirled in Miami around the potential trade of 2020 No. 5 overall selection Tua Tagovailoa, but nothing, yet, has come to fruition. South Florida has heaped its praise for disgruntled Houston star Deshaun Watson, but as it stands currently, Watson is a Texan. 

Behind one of the NFL’s top defensive units, Miami could find itself just a few additions away from challenging Buffalo for its first AFC East crown since 2008. So with that, using our Mock Draft Machine, I looked at which prospects Miami could target this April when the annual NFL draft rolls around. Here is my seven-round mock, including scheme fit, on each prospect:

Round 1 (No. 3 overall): Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU

If I’m being frank here, Kyle Pitts, Jaylen Waddle, and DeVonta Smith all could make a case to be picked here. However, Chase is the pick due to his overall skill set that hinges upon his potential to dominate in all facets at the NFL level from his first snaps in Miami. He’s everything you look for in a franchise talent on the perimeter. 

Following a record-breaking year as a Tiger in 2019, Chase opted out of the 2020 season. Would it have been ideal to see Chase dominate again against top-tier college talent on a week-to-week basis with Joe Burrow gone? Yes, but it really doesn’t matter. Chase’s game is NFL-ready, and he will serve as a featured receiver in Miami for whoever ends up under center for the Dolphins in Week 1.

Round 1 (No. 18 overall): Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame

With Kyle Van Noy no longer in the mix, the Dolphins must address the second level of their defense. Enter the uber-versatile chess piece in Owusu-Koramoah, who is a modern do-it-all defender with excellent instincts and a downhill punch that would add a ball-hawking linebacker into Flores’ excellent 3-4 front. 

His game ideally fits behind an even front, but what does ideally even mean anymore when projecting athletes like Owusu-Koramoah? He can play on the edge, in the middle of a 3-4 or 4-3, and can slide back to a box safety role in subpackages as well. He does everything: exactly what Flores needs.

Round 2 (No. 36 overall): Javonte Williams, RB, North Carolina

Miami has lacked a true, three-down workhorse for far too long. Over the years, the rotation of Jay Ajayi, Kenyan Drake, and now, Myles Gaskin, hasn’t provided the punch Miami has desired in its run game. Ryan Fitzpatrick led the Dolphins in rushing yards in 2019, so yes, it’s been bad.

With the addition of Tagovailoa last year, and Chase in the first round, the addition of Williams would create a trio of weapons within Miami’s offense to compete with the high-flying Bills. 

Williams’ name has often been kicked under the mat when focusing on this year’s running back class behind Najee Harris and Travis Etienne, and it could lead to him representing the steal of the draft. Williams was excellent in Chapel Hill serving as the featured back in a two-man scheme alongside Michael Carter. He showcased his innate one-cut ability and versatility out of the backfield. He would immediately become the featured back in Miami with Gaskin moving to the RB2 role as a nice change of pace for Flores’ offense.

Round 2 (No. 50 overall): Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU

This would represent a dream scenario for Grier with Bobby McCain serving as a potential cap casualty. Despite receiving first-round grades from many, Moehrig slipped to the second round here, where, if he’s there come April 30 on Day 2 of the draft, expect the live stream of the Dolphins war room to resemble bedlam.

Moehrig is a game-changing type of athlete within the secondary. He’s excellent in single-high coverage patrolling centerfield with an acute eye for offensive schemes and opposing route combinations. His eyes, at times, find him in trouble as he tends to peek into the backfield, but his athleticism and open-field burst rarely have him out of position. Working alongside Eric Rowe, he has the talent to become one of the top safeties in football. 

Round 3 (No. 81 overall): Josh Myers, C, Ohio State

The Dolphins have made it clear they would like to retain Ted Karras, but the addition of Myers here adds additional youth and depth into one of the youngest offensive lines in the NFL. If Karras signs elsewhere, Myers immediately becomes a plug-and-play starter with multiple years of experience anchoring one of the top front-fives in college football. With 2020 draft selections Austin Jackson and Robert Hunt as the starting tackles, Myers would slide nicely into the room, whether Karras is back or not. 

Round 4 (No. 123 overall): Robert Hainsey, OT, Notre Dame

The Dolphins dip back into the Notre Dame well here with Hainsey, who would immediately challenge Hunt for snaps at right tackle. Hainsey’s functional strength and movement skills don’t jump off the page, but his fundamentals, experience, and football IQ set him apart from the tier-two group of tackles in the class. 

According to our own Kyle Crabbs, Hainsey “brings three years of starting experience at right tackle at Notre Dame with him to the NFL level and he is a player who is near his physical ceiling as a prospect thanks to his extensive experiences as a starter in South Bend. Hainsey brings a top-heavy build to the tackle position, but plenty of NFL length and suitable range in his pass sets. He’ll be most effective in zone concepts in the ground game with his reach and fringe bulk for the NFL.”

Round 6 (No. 208 overall): Khyiris Tonga, IDL, BYU

The Dolphins finished 10th in the NFL in sacks per game in 2020 (2.60). An impressive number, but they need more talent up front, simple as that. With starting nose tackle Davon Godchaux on the verge of free agency, pairing Tonga with Christian Wilkins and Raekwon Davis would immediately jolt the Dolphins’ defensive line into the discussion for one of the AFC’s best. 

Diving into his skill set, Tonga excels in the run game and is rarely single-blocked (for good reason). At 6-foot-4 and 322 pounds, Tonga is a big man to move with above-average lateral agility and hand technique that allows him to powerfully stack and shed opposing blockers. I do see Grier addressing this need in free agency, but that’s for another article.

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