Tomorrow, the 2021 NFL Draft will officially commence with the Dolphins holding eight picks this year. They look to be holding firm with these picks, and the future of Miami is upon us. For my first ever mock draft in my life, I used the Mock Draft Machine from The Draft Network. While keeping the introductions short, let’s sprint forward into this mock I made up:
Disclaimer: There will be no trades within this mock draft, and this is my first-time mock drafting. Wish me luck!
Round One, Pick 6: Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU
With the sixth pick in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, the Dolphins select wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase from LSU. I talked about him in a recent article, but if he isn’t taken by the Bengals, the Dolphins will snag him with ease. Who wouldn’t want a 6’0″, 207-pound physical receiver on their side? You can teach height, and he would easily help Tua with his 50/50 passes that are thrown his way.
In terms of his skill set, Chase has astonishing speed, agility, and quickness that few possess in this draft. His strength and physicality are unmatched in terms of catching contested passes, whether it’s one-on-one, or if it’s with safety help over the top. He has excelled in hand-eye coordination that helps him concentrate more effectively to catch the ball. He also has excellent vision that aids him in seeing down the field like it’s nothing.
He’s someone all Dolphins’ fans would love to have in this draft. Of course, there is a battle between Waddle and Chase on terms of who will be taken with the sixth overall pick, but I’m sure no one would be mad about snagging either-or, especially Chase due to how physical he is as a receiver.
Round One, Pick 18: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame
With the 18th pick in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins select linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah from Notre Dame. Koramoah is a spectacular linebacker talent, and he fills in a great need for the Dolphins’ defense. Who wouldn’t want to draft the Butkus Award winner, which has had many legends like Patrick Willis and Luke Kuechly take it home, and many great players of today Jaylon Smith and Devin White? He was also named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year and was a unanimous All-American with 61 total tackles, 1.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and an interception in 2020.
Koramoah is a linebacker who is effective in all aspects of the defense. He has proven he has the ability to jar the ball out of a runner’s hands, which is a bonus. He’s one of the most explosive linebackers in this class, gave outstanding effort on each down in Notre Dame, he can pick apart plays with ease, and he showed superb skills in pass coverage. While he does need work on shedding blocks successfully, that’s something the Dolphins’ coaching staff can fix this offseason. This is ab exciting pick that’ll have all Dolphins’ fans pumped up.
Round Two, Pick 36: Javonte Williams, RB, North Carolina
With the 36th pick in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft, the Dolphins select running back Javonte Williams from North Carolina. he 1,140 yards rushing with 19 rushing touchdowns and a 7.3 yards per rush attempt average. He also had 25 receptions for 305 yards and three touchdowns As one of the top three running back prospects in this draft, Williams is an exemplary player that I’ve discussed beforehand, so I’ll restate my thoughts on him:
He’s a strong physical back, waiting to hit stick you or juke you out whenever the opportunity presents itself. He’s patient when running the rock, and he has a spectacular downfield vision. He also possesses great quickness, speed, and agility; this was shown on December 12th, where he ran for 236 yards and three touchdowns against Miami. He’s also a great receiving back as well, and he has shown that he can be a great blocker. He can even shed tackles with ease, with 75 forced missed tackles and a 48% missed tackle rate.
The Dolphins were ranked in the bottom half of the league in rushing yards per game, averaging 105.5 per game (21st). Once Williams comes in, those numbers will skyrocket.
Round Two, Pick 50: Ronnie Perkins, EDGE, Oklahoma
With the 50th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Dolphins select Ronnie Perkins from Oklahoma. Perkins had an impressive six-game 2020 season, posting 23 total tackles, 10.5 tackles-for-loss, and 5.5 sacks. If he didn’t miss the first five games of the season, those stats could’ve been doubled. He was also named to the All-Big 12 Second Team.
In terms of his skill set, he’s explosive and can sled blocks with ease. He’s able to stay with all of his assignments, and his balance is out of this world as you barely see him off his feet. He can change his direction with simplicity, which helps him snag ore runners and gives him a wider angle to bring someone down.
His pass rush moves are also a sight to behold; he didn’t get 5.5 sacks in six games with nothing. He has also been shown to blow up blockers like they are practice dummies.
With the loss of Kyle Van Noy, the Dolphins need someone to come in, and pick up his place; Perkins is that guy, and while he has had off the field issues, the Dolphins can turn it around and make it seem like those incidents were a millennia ago.
Round Three, Pick 81: Divine Deablo, S, Virginia Tech
With the 81st pick in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft, the Dolphins select Divine Deablo from Virginia Tech. So, this mock draft is during into an essay, so now it’s time to shorten it. Deablo is a player that could easily be a linebacker, safety hybrid, which is something the Dolphins would love based on their needs.
He stays with all his assignments, he has great zone coverage skills and has amazing vision, which helps him track the ball better than most. He’s a patient player, and he can stop stuff the run as well, so he’s great when the defense sends blitz with him in it. He can also be a good special teams player as he has the most snaps on special teams coming into this draft:
Round Five, Pick 156: Trey Hill, Center, Georgia
With the 156th pick in the fifth round of the 2021 NFL Draft, the Dolphins select Trey Hill from Georgia. After missing some of the better center prospects after filling in the other positions drafted, they’ll take Hill to increase the competition for who starts at center. This 6’4″, 320-pound center is ready for it.
Hill is a fundamentally sound center that displays good footwork when blocking. He sticks to who he’s assigned to block, and you rarely see him off-kilter. He has shown that he can rush to the second level to deal with linebackers and his speed and quickness help with that.
He can be inconsistent, which is why he falls to the fifth round. Hopefully, the Dolphins can clean that up.
Round Seven, Pick 231: Shakur Brown, CB, Michigan State
With the 231st of the 2021 NFL Draft, the Dolphins select Shakur Brown from Michigan State. Brown is a physical corner who can disrupt passes that can be turned into big plays; his five interceptions last season confirmed that. He can read the quarterback’s eyes well, and he can stick with his assignments most of the time. He has good speed and acceleration for a physical back.
The reason why he’s a seventh-rounder is due to an injury he suffered in 2019 that kept him out for the season, and the 2020 season, as we all know, was shortened. He also has a high possibility to draw a lot of pass interference or holding calls in the next level as he can be, at times, a bit too physical. However, he could be a diamond in the rough draft pick for the Dolphins as he could add more depth to an already impressive secondary.
Round Seven, Pick 258: Null
So, even though I never traded the pick, the Draft Network mock never gave me the pick. I see the Dolphins using this to fill in some tight end depth.