Miami Dolphins: 3 players to avoid at pick 6 in 2021 NFL Draft
By Jeremy Klump
No. 1: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
It feels weird to have back-to-back Alabama players on a list of players not to draft, but here we are. It also feels odd that I listed Jaylen Waddle as one of my top six options at pick six for the Dolphins, but again, here we are.
If there was one player that I feel has become the most overrated player in the 2021 NFL Draft, it is Waddle.
The former Alabama receiver has become a popular name on Dolphins’ Twitter, mainly because of his game-breaking speed. Waddle is a big play waiting to happen, but the key for me is, what is he doing for you while you are waiting for it to happen?
Waddle will not be your top receiver, and he never will be your top receiver. He wasn’t at Alabama either, and don’t give me the excuse that he was surrounded by other talented receivers. Those guys did not have trouble producing, especially DeVonta Smith.
Smith is lightyears ahead of Waddle as a prospect, and there would be a 0% chance I would take Waddle over him. A big issue I have with Waddle and Miami taking him this early is that he is more of a projection than anything. The word potential gets thrown around too easily when talking about a prospect, and everyone keeps saying Waddle has all this potential.
I agree, he has the potential, but potential gets you fired, especially in the top 10.
Miami has a chance to walk away with one of the top three non-quarterbacks in the 2021 NFL Draft at pick 6, and there is no way you can sell me on Waddle being one of those top three. And truthfully, I do not know how you could sell yourself on Waddle either at No. 6 overall.