By Marek Brave
Ding, ding, ding! Mock draft is done! Come and get it!
We are just a little over two weeks until the official start of the 2021 NFL Draft, so you know what that means… Yes, mock drafts galore! Everywhere you turn, someone has a new mock draft for you to peruse. I am just as guilty of this as the next NFL writer, but why be embarrassed? Why be ashamed? We will not hide in the shadows away from the rest of the world. We will embrace our affinity for fake picks and stand tall and proud as NFL MOCK DRAFT FANATICS!
This is the second mock draft I have contributed to this lovely website, but it probably won’t be my last. If you took a look at the first mock I dropped a couple of weeks ago; you may notice that some of these picks are the same. I can’t help it. I’ve fallen in love with a few prospects and can’t pass them up when they fall to Miami’s picks. However, if you keep on digging, you’ll find a few new selections as well. I have the right to change my mind! One thing that I did do differently this time around is that I did not accept any trades. The picks I made were at the slots the Dolphins are currently slated to draft from.
With that being said, lets grab our proverbial forks and knives and dig right in to the Pro Football Network Mock Draft Simulator!
#6 – Kyle Pitts – Tight End – Florida
As the first few selections came off the board, I closed my eyes and held my breath, waiting for the clock to start on pick #6, Miami’s selection. There is one player that I’ve come to love for Miami if he makes it this far in the draft, and that is Florida’s TE/WR hybrid; the unicorn himself, Kyle Pitts. Using Pitts and Gesicki on the field at the same time will make the entire offense insanely better. Who covers those tall, fast genetic freaks while Fuller and Parker man the WR spots? Your guess is as good as mine. Defensive coordinators across the league will have plenty of sleepless nights preparing for Miami’s offense if Pitts is the pick at #6.
#18 – Najee Harris – RB – Alabama
Oh my, look what I’ve done! I’ve completely revamped Miami’s skill position group and given Tua incredibly talented weapons all in one round. Harris is a stud, plain and simple. He runs with great vision, agility, and power. He catches passes out of the backfield with ease. Some will scoff at a running back in the first round, but Miami is in dire need of a true workhorse back, and Najee Harris is that guy. Don’t get cute. Make the pick, Miami!
#36 – Jaelan Phillips – EDGE – Miami (FL)
The Dolphins need another EDGE player after the trade that sent Shaq Lawson to Houston. Jaelan Phillips may be the most talented EDGE guy in this entire draft. The only problem with Phillips is his very shaky injury history. He has battled his way through multiple concussions, which at one point, had him retired from football altogether. His medicals will have to check out, but if he slips to this pick, Miami would be smart to keep Phillips in South Florida as the 6’6”, 260 lb behemoth is incredibly productive when healthy.
#50 – Landon Dickerson – OC – Alabama
There is nothing wrong with getting Tua his guys! That’s exactly what I did here as I selected the man who used to have Tua’s hands all over his heinie on Saturday’s in Tuscaloosa. Miami has had a revolving door at the center position the last few seasons and I want that to stop right now. Once Dickerson is fully recovered from last season’s knee injury, he should win the job from the newly acquired Matt Skura with ease, and hopefully Miami will have their guy in the middle of the offensive line for years to come.
#81 – D’Wayne Eskridge – WR – Western Michigan
Many Miami fans hope the Dolphins nab their wide receiver at #6 in this draft, but obviously, I did not do that. Instead, I waited until the third round and selected a guy who would complement Parker, Fuller, Gesicki, and Pitts by creating consistent separation underneath and slant routes. I’m also envisioning Miami moving on from Jakeem Grant after this selection, as Eskridge has plenty of experience as a return man.
#156 – David Moore – OG – Grambling State
After no selection in the fourth round of the draft, I came back at pick #156 and selected someone who I was surprised was still available. David Moore is a wide, tough interior lineman who impressed many at the Reese’s Senior Bowl this season, winning the Offensive Lineman of the Week award. His stock is on a meteoric rise. Hopefully, this selection pays dividends in the near future, as Miami is severely overpaying Ereck Flowers for his average services.
#231 – Deommodore Lenoir – CB – Oregon
Many predict Lenoir to go earlier in the draft, but if he makes it to this spot, don’t think that Flores will let him slide any further. Does Miami’s head coach love any position group more than he loves defensive backs? I’m not sure. Anyway, the former Duck is my first 7th round dart throw.
#258 – Tuf Borland – LB – Ohio State
Tuf is tough, pun very much intended. The kid just loves football. He is not going to blow you away with size, speed or power, but it will be hard to find someone who plays with as much passion and intensity as Borland this late in the draft. I envision him purely as a special teams guy who may be able to rotate in for a handful of defensive snaps per game eventually.
There you have it, my fellow Fins fanatics. How’d I do? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter at @MBrave13. Thanks for reading, and as always, FINS UP!