Miami Dolphins select Alabama wideout Jaylen Waddle at pick 18
Lasting until pick 18 may not be likely if the team wants to take the speedy wideout from Alabama. However, Waddle was able to fall to the Dolphins in this mock draft and will allow the team to add an impact wideout late in the first.
Waddle is considered one of the three best wideout prospects due to his blazing speed and athleticism, that was not able to be put on display in 2020 due to an ankle injury. The wideout proved he was healthy after making a shockingly fast recovery and playing in the National Championship against the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Waddle’s ability to take the top off the defense would open up the offense for the Dolphins, especially underneath for players like Mike Gesicki. Additionally, Waddle would give Tagovailoa a consistent deep threat and they can build off of their chemistry from their time together with the Crimson Tide.
The hope is that Devante Parker, Preston Williams, and Waddle can all remain healthy and make an impact for the Dolphins for a whole season, but having depth at the wideout position is one of the teams most pressing needs to consider heading into the 2021 free agency and draft periods.