Dolphins draft picks 2021: All of Miami’s selections, NFL draft results, team order

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Last year Miami used the fifth overall pick to draft quarterback Tua Tagovailoa out of Alabama. Tagovailoa’s rookie season was fairly inconsistent, and the team relied on veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick for much of the year. Fitzpatrick is now in Washington and in March the Dolphins were part of a blockbuster trade with the 49ers that saw them send the third overall pick to San Francisco, seemingly boosting Tagovailoa’s standing as the franchise quarterback.  

After that trade, however, the Dolphins kept going, trading up with Philadelphia to end up with the sixth overall pick. While the team could use that pick on a quarterback, they’re expected to use it to add more offensive options for Tagovailoa. A receiver like Ja’Marr Chase or Jaylen Waddle could be on their board (pending availability), as could Florida tight end Kyle Pitts. 

Improvements to the offensive line are a major need for Miami entering the 2021 draft and the 2021 season. Miami took three offensive linemen in 2020 and the young group sometimes struggled to protect its young quarterback. Center Ted Karras started all 16 games in 2020 but signed with New England on a one-year deal in March. There were rumors that Miami was pursuing Patriots’ center David Andrews, but he ultimately re-signed with New England, and the position remains a key need that could be addressed via the draft 

Click here for the entire 2021 NFL Draft order and keep reading to see who the Dolphins take in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Miami Dolphins 2021 NFL Draft Picks:

  • Round 1: No. 6 (from PHI) – Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
  • Round 1: No. 18 – Jaelan Phillips, DE, Miami
  • Round 2: No. 36 (from HOU) – Jevon Holland, S, Oregon
  • Round 2: No. 42 (from NYG) – Liam Eichenberg, OT, Notre Dame 
  • Round 3: No. 81 – Hunter Long, TE, Boston College 
  • Round 7: No. 231 – Larnel Coleman, OT, UMass
  • Round 7: No. 244 (from WFT through LV) – Gerrid Doaks, RB, Cincinnati
  • Round 7: No. 258 

Click here to see all of Miami’s picks in the 2020 NFL Draft

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10 responses to “Dolphins draft picks 2021: All of Miami’s selections, NFL draft results, team order

  1. cdngatorfan says:
    April 30, 2021 at 11:11 pm

    Taking Hunter Long instead of an RB is highly disappointing.


    I totally agree. This has to be Flores’ pick. He coached him in the Senior Bowl and he’s from Flores’ alma mater.

  2. I like Phillips’s play but already on record for having 3 concussions seems too big a risk at 18. Also giving up up a #1 from the 49er deal to go get Waddle dose not feel right either. IMO the Fins could have got so much more for their 1st 3 picks that if I had to put a grade on it a C- would be it. I hope I’m wrong.

  3. Grier has had the last 6 months to think about this draft and what to do with 2 #1’s and an early #2. If you include last years #6 pick his plan was to go get a QB coming off a broken hip, a receiver coming off a broken ankle, a defensive end that not only quit the game of football once but is also coming off 3 concussions. That’s the best plan he could come up with?

  4. Did anyone else notice that Jaylen Waddle didn’t have any appearance of excitement or happiness after being picked by Miami???

  5. I`m very disappointed that the Dolphins apparently ignored the RB position in this draft. Why didn`t they take Michael Carter?

  6. FINALLY, a running back! Not familiar with him, though. Time to Google!

  7. All that crying about a running back and we get a 6’ 230 pounder with some speed and catches great in the 7th round. Let’s go Dokes,the Dolphins Mr. irrelevant.

  8. Waddle A – Three reasons: (1) Perfect fit. Tua’s bread and butter at Bama was hitting receivers on slants across the slot in stride and letting them RAC. This reunites Tua with the best of these. (2) Waddle is also an electric returner, which means he is a twofer, setting up field position and then exploiting it. (3) Opens up the run game. Last season, the receiver corps was so decimated, defenses were playing one high and crowding the line of scrimmage to stuff the run. Combining Waddle with Fuller and Gesicki pulls off the safeties and a LB.

    Phillips A+ – The run on QBs, an insane five in the top 15, drove a second top ten talent and the best pass rusher in the class, with technique like the Watt brothers, to MIA at 18. The prior injury history was overstated and part was unrelated to football. Phillips took a prove it season at the U and dominated, both showing his chops as a pass rusher and stuffing the run. MIA will likely use Phillips to replace Lawson as a combination OLB and DE. The question is whether Flores & Co can teach him to cover? If so, this is a transcendent player.

    Holland A – Holland is arguably a third first round talent. Watch the video. The man instantly reads QBs like books, jumps the pass route and picks or swats away the passes. Although he was rarely targeted, Holland generated nine picks in two seasons. This is belated replacement for Minkah Fitzpatrick, who did not want to play a secondary chess piece. Holland eagerly played this role at Oregon. I DO NOT WANT TO HEAR ANY MORE WHINING ABOUT RB. MIA would have drafted Holland even if Williams was still on the board. Like Davis last year, Flores was thrilled to pick Holland. Pick machines change games. See Xavien Howard.

    Eichenberg B+ – This Notre Dame OL finishing school product was their LT and completely sealed off the edge. ZERO sacks in the last two seasons. Despite being a plug and play OT, Eichenberg was not considered a first round prospect because he does not possess elite physical talent and has relatively short arms for an OT. This guy was a fixture on my mocks in the second round. My only question is whether this career LT will be able to transition to lefty Tua’s blind side at RT or will MIA have to move career LT Jackson to make the transition?

    Long B – Prototypical TE who can receive, pass block and run block, but is a much better receiver than blocker at this point. Long was the focal point of the Boston College offense and generated more first downs and TDs than Pitts. When he puts on some NFL strength, former NEP GM and commentator, Scott Pioli, says he believers Long can develop into a Pro Bowl TE. Meanwhile, Long will almost certainly pair with Gesicki in 12 man formations and give Tua two excellent receivers.

    After the high of seeing Grier dominate the draft over the first two days, the third day was a major fall off. MIA already used the 4th round pick to obtain Bowden last season and traded the 5th round pick to PIT for their ’22 4th because the talent on the board was pretty poor at that point. MIA only made two 7th round picks.

    Coleman C – Small school OT with some athleticism and insanely long arms, who has an outside chance of displacing Pankey as the LT backup. More likely a developmental player on the practice squad.

    Doaks B – Maybe the acorn of the draft. Big and powerful Cincinnati RB who can run, receive and block. His major problem is an injury history. Starter talent is there. After all the bleating about not drafting RB high in the draft for a second year, I will LMAO if MIA starts another seventh round RB.

  9. Potential for greatness. That has to the final word here as the Fins move forward. If Phillips produces the dividends this defense can be scary. The thought of pressure from him and Ogbah and then suddenly there’s Vanginkle or Wilkens on you good luck being a rookie QB in the AFC East.

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