Miami Dolphins go Kyle Pitts at 3 in this new 2021 7-round mock draft
By Brian Miller
The Miami Dolphins don’t need a running back since I am under the assumption for this draft that they sign Aaron Jones. That being said, you can’t pass up Michael Carter if he is on the board in round four. Carter is an exceptional athlete who probably would be ranked much higher if he played on a college team that was one of the larger football programs.
The Tar Heel runner exploded the last two seasons for N.C. He scored 16 touchdowns and ran for over 2,500 yards. What makes him appealing to the Dolphins is he can catch the ball well and is decisive in his run decisions.
Carter doesn’t need much coaching to get better in run blocking and should grow into a well-rounded back. He will challenge for playing time immediately and should do well in camp with competition for playing time behind Jones. If the Dolphins don’t trade for Jones and don’t draft a running back earlier, Carter has the talent to challenge Myles Gaskin and Salvon Ahmed for the starting job. He can be that good.
The Dolphins would be very smart to take Carter in round four if he is there and in several mocks, he did indeed fall. Still, many others have him going in round three and since there are compensatory picks added at the end of that round, it is very likely that Carter doesn’t fall to the 4th.
The Dolphins need to upgrade their offensive line. Meyer is a solid center who has had a very good career at Ohio State. The 4th to 5th rounds seem to be where he looks to land and the Dolphins may find themselves moving back from the 114th pick and still getting him later. If they can do that, it would be smart but Meyer won’t last too long so if they really want him, they should just take him here.
I expect Miami to bring back Ted Karras for another one-year deal if they can get it done prior to the start of free agency on March 17th. As I mentioned earlier, they could draft Creed Humphrey the stand out from Oklahoma. If those pieces don’t fall in line, Meyer makes a lot of sense if the Dolphins can get him.
The Dolphins continue to build their offensive line with Trey Brown. Brown will give the Dolphins some depth along the interior line but Brown will need to develop and more than likely will not see much playing time barring injury. He is a developmental player.
Miami could go a lot of different directions with this pick including cornerback or even quarterback where earlier, Ian Book was still on the board in another mock. I would be very much on board with Book to develop behind Tua Tagovailoa but for this mock, the offensive line needed more depth.