The Miami Dolphins head into the 2021 NFL Draft process with plenty of draft capital and a franchise quarterback on the roster. As we’ll breakdown in this 2021 Mock Draft, the Dolphins have a clear path to success through the NFL Draft. In my opinion, Brian Flores is the right man to lead the franchise, so finding talent for his team is pivotal.
First Round – Pick 4
Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
The Miami Dolphins are in an excellent position in this 2021 Mock Draft. They have two top ten draft picks, fourth and seventh, and already have a franchise quarterback in Tua Tagovailoa. Therefore, the Dolphins are able to focus on other needs here.
Penei Sewell is an athletic offensive tackle and class of the field. Miami sent Laremy Tunsil in a trade to Houston in exchange for Julie’n Davenport. While Davenport hasn’t been terrible for the Dolphins, bringing in Sewell would offer them flexibility along the offensive line. More so, Miami has depth issues that needs to be corrected soon.
First Round – Pick 7
Micah Parson, LB, Penn State
The Dolphins have impending free agents across all linebacker positions. Going further, Miami is in the latter third in run and pass defense. With a top ten pick here in this 2021 Mock Draft, it would be wise for the Dolphins to address the position early.
Micah Parsons is an exciting prospect to breakdown. I’ve compared him Isaiah Simmons, a top drat pick for the Arizona Cardinals last season, but for different reasons. While Simmons is regarded as a linebacker/defensive back, Micah Parsons is a linebacker/edge rusher. Parsons looks just as strong stopping the run in the trenches as he does rushing the quarterback off the edge. Brian Flores, the head coach of the Miami Dolphins, would have a field day in implementing Parsons into this defense, should the front office retain him for the 2021 season.
Second Round – Pick 36
Hamilcar Rashed Jr., EDGE, Oregon State
Circling back in the second round, the Dolphins once again have two picks early in this round of our 2021 Mock Draft. With one of these picks, it’d be smart of the franchise to find pass rush depth.
By selecting Hamilcar Rashed Jr., the Dolphins would be getting a versatile edge rusher to plug in on the defense. In my opinion, he fits best as an outside linebacker, but I think that he could play some defensive end if needed to.
Second Round – Pick 39
Terrace Marshall Jr., WR, LSU
Adding a playmaker at wide receiver should be a top priority for Miami. Even further, I think it’s a position that they need to address within the first two rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft. The Dolphins have DeVante Parker, but adding an additional skilled player, such as I will in this 2021 Mock Draft, will pay dividends down the road.
Terrace Marshall Jr. was prolific last season at LSU with Joe Burrow at quarterback. This season, he’s their one bright spot on offense in a down year. Providing Tua Tagovailoa with as many offensive weapons as possible will aid in his development.
Third Round – Pick 68
Andre Cisco, S, Syracuse
It was recently announced that Andre Cisco would opt out of the rest of the 2020 College Football season to prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft. However, beforehand, if you turned on a Syracuse game and watched their defense, Cisco was the first player that would stand out.
The Miami Dolphins have a need for depth at the safety position. Cisco is undoubtedly a playmaker in the secondary that will contribute from day one. This isn’t the most pressing need for the Dolphins, but in this 2021 Mock Draft, it’s a move that makes the franchise better tomorrow.
Fourth Round – Pick 99
Zamir White, RB, Georgia
The Miami Dolphins have plenty of depth in the backfield, but lack a prolific runner that’s capable of breaking off a long run. In the fourth round, Zamir White should be able to fill that role. Even if he’s not, at the very least, he’s a much needed upgrade over the rest of the team’s depth.
There is history of knee injuries, which is why he’s on the board in the fourth round, but if medicals come back okay, it shouldn’t be a long-term issue. More so, factoring in all that White is able to contribute, such as aiding in pass protection, and he’d be a viable option.
Sixth Round – Pick 173
Frank Darby, WR, Arizona State
The Dolphins have three sixth round draft picks in the 2021 NFL Draft. If I were in the front office, I’d push to move out of this round and potentially acquire future picks for the 2022 NFL Draft.
However, let’s go ahead and make a selection here. Herm Edwrads and the Arizona State Sun Devils have put solid wide receivers into the NFL. By all accounts, Frank Darby has what it takes to be that next receiver. Darby is 6’1, but plays like he’s three to four inches taller. He’s an outside receiver that excels in tracking the ball and making catches downfield.
Sixth Round – Pick 187
Rashad Weaver, EDGE, Pittsburgh
Let’s give the Miami Dolphins an additional pass rusher in this 2021 Mock Draft. In my opinion, a franchise can never have too many. Rashad Weaver is a solid defensive end that has a knack for getting of the edge and attacking the ball consistently. However, I’d like to see him do it more quickly. I want to see Weaver diagnose plays and execute moves off the edge more quickly. If he’s able to do that, then I think the Dolphins have a depth player. If not, he could spend a year on the practice squad as Miami attempts to develop him.
Sixth Round – Pick 190
Adrian Ealy, OT, Oklahoma
With three picks in the first round, the Miami Dolphins should use one of these on offensive line depth. I had them taking Penei Sewell in the first round, a draft prospect that I’m extremely high on. Despite this, I still think they should look for more depth. Adrian Ealy can potentially provide depth. He’s a low-risk draft pick that could pay off in two or three seasons.