**Trade Alert: With Atlanta taking TE Kyle Pitts at #4 and Cincinnati taking LSU WR Ja’Marr Chase with the fifth pick, the Dolphins decide there is better value in trading back than reaching for a player at six. I know it seems like this is a “nightmare scenario” for the Dolphins after saying things would fall their way but it really isn’t.
The Miami Dolphins trade the 6th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft to the Denver Broncos for the 9th pick and 114th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and a first-rounder in 2022. It’s the trade that many are speculating on, including our own Brian Miller. The Broncos want their “QB of the future” and pay a heavy price to jump over the Detroit Lions to secure him.
Now that we’ve gotten the trade part out of the way:
With the 9th overall pick, the Miami Dolphins select….
WR Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
Remember how I was saying that missing out on Chase and Pitts wasn’t the ‘nightmare’ that it seems? Well, the Dolphins pick up two picks and get a player that fits much better into what the Dolphins offense needs. Waddle and former teammate Devonta Smith are both great players but Waddle has more speed, more time playing out of the slot, and more experience as a kick returner. It doesn’t hurt that he’s a little bigger; thus more likely than Smith to avoid durability concerns.
The Dolphins have their outside wide receivers in Devante Parker and Preston Williams. (Since things are falling the Dolphins way this year, both of those players will play at least 15 games this season.) They also have a running game that was below average last year and even less effective in the ‘red-zone’. Waddle’s game is getting the ball and going 60 yards with it; avoiding the need to run plays inside the 20 entirely.