Pros and Cons of Potential Selections at Pick Six

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By Marek Brave (@MBrave13)

After a flurry of trades with the Houston Texans, San Francisco 49ers, and Philadelphia Eagles, the Miami Dolphins find themselves sitting at pick number six for their first selection in the 2021 NFL Draft. Many different players have been mocked to the Fins at this spot, with each young man having his supporters and detractors. What can we, as fans, make of all the noise? How are we supposed to know which name to hope for when Commissioner Roger Goodell takes the podium on the night of April 29th? Would the Miami Dolphins’ offense be maximized with the addition of a rookie wide receiver? Would a young, dynamic tight end transform Tua into one of the premier passers in the league? Maybe a stud offensive lineman is the way to go. It seems like draft pundits have it figured out one day, only for them to change their minds the next.

In my opinion, that is a great problem to have for Chris Grier, Brian Flores, and the rest of the Miami Dolphins’ decision-makers. With so many great options at their fingertips, they can’t screw this up, can they? Only time will tell, but for now, in an attempt to gather all of the copious amounts of information into one neat, easy-to-find location, I have decided to do what all of our mothers and fathers told us to do as a child when a big decision was to be made. I have decided to make a “pros and cons” list of each potential sixth overall selection in terms of how that player would help Miami and our young signal caller, Tua Tagovailoa. Let’s get to it!

“With the sixth pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins select…”

Ja’Marr Chase – Wide Receiver – LSU

PROS:

  • Highly productive 2019 season, catching 84 passes for 1,780 yards and 20 touchdowns
  • Terrific 50/50 ball catcher
  • Plays with fantastic speed, easily beating corners on downfield throws
  • Tracks ball and makes adjustments very well
  • Easily out positions defenders using his body like a prolific rebounder
  • Just 21 years old
  • Great hands
  • Weight room warrior, with a strong lower body

CONS:

  • Only one season of college production and it came with Joe Burrow at QB
  • Opted out of 2020 season and hasn’t played a meaningful snap since 1/13/20
  • Does not create much separation on routes
  • Route running can be improved upon
  • Can be disrupted by press coverage

NFL DRAFT GRADE (according to NFL.com): 7.12 (projected Pro Bowl talent)

Devonta Smith – Wide Receiver – Alabama

PROS:

  • Highly productive college career, catching 235 passes for 3,965 yards and 46 Tds
  • 2020 Heisman Trophy winner
  • College teammate of Tua Tagovailoa, so the two have chemistry
  • Smooth and effective route runner
  • Can line up all over the field
  • Great hands with very few drops
  • Creates separation with ease
  • Creates YAC consistently
  • Has tremendous play speed, with long, smooth strides
  • Terrific body control when the ball is in the air

CONS:

  • Very small frame, at 6’0” and 170 pounds
  • Due to lack of size, can be rerouted by a DB
  • Play strength is a concern

NFL DRAFT GRADE: 7.13 (projected Pro Bowl talent)

Jaylen Waddle – Wide Receiver – Alabama

PROS:

  • FAST! Very, very fast.
  • Deep ball specialist, with over 50% of his career touchdowns going for 50+ yards
  • College teammate of Tua Tagovailoa, so the two have chemistry
  • Fluid transitions on routes
  • Goes up and gets the ball in midair instead of waiting for it to arrive to him
  • Clean, crisp route runner
  • Built strong to help in the run game as a blocker

CONS:

  • Has battled injuries and is currently coming off of an ankle injury
  • Has dealt with drops in the past
  • Lacks experience against press coverage, which could be a problem at the next level

NFL DRAFT GRADE: 6.81 (Quality year 1 starter)

Kyle Pitts – Tight End – Florida

PROS:

  • Freak physical prospect, with the longest arms ever recorded in the pre-draft process
  • Match-up nightmare who will create mismatches all over the field
  • Great size at 6’6” and 245 pounds
  • Very fast for his size, running a 4.44 40 yard dash in the pre-draft process
  • Creates consistent separation
  • Great body control and focus on contested catches
  • Threatening redzone target
  • Willing and able blocker in the run game

CONS:

  • Suffered concussion in 2020 which could lead to future concussions
  • Below average lead blocker
  • Can improve upon short area footwork and head fakes on defensive backs

NFL DRAFT GRADE: 7.19 (projected Pro Bowl talent)

Penei Sewell – Offensive Tackle – Oregon

PROS:

  • Just 20 years old
  • Explosion out of stances to engage in blocks quickly and violently
  • Easily uses his quickness to seal the edge on outside runs
  • Gets to the second level consistently and washes linebackers out of the play
  • Great footwork
  • Has nice recovery skills when initially beaten
  • Considered a vocal leader in the Oregon locker room despite his young age

CONS:

  • Opted out of 2020 season
  • Does not always finish blocks consistently
  • Average play strength
  • Inconsistent at redirecting rushers off the edge
  • Needs to work on his drive power
  • Maturity concerns
  • Questions about his work ethic

NFL DRAFT GRADE: 6.73 (quality year 1 starter)

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Whether it’s a flashy wide receiver, a special tight end, or a mauling offensive lineman, the Miami Dolphins have set themselves up to draft a huge addition to the squad in the 2021 NFL Draft. Judging by the draft grades of these five players alone, a quality starter will be selected by Chris Grier and Co. on April 29th as Miami continues to build around The Left Arm of God™. Who is your pick for the Dolphins at number six? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter!

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