With the sixth overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft, the Miami Dolphins select Alabama wideout, Jaylen Waddle.
After missing most of the 2020 College Football season with an ankle injury, many expected Waddle to be a top-ten selection in the draft and here he goes as the second wideout off the board.
At 5-foot-10, 180-pounds, Waddle is known for his high-end speed and ability to blow the top off of defenses. Waddle also has the ability to use his acceleration to beat corners on breaks as well as high-level
route running that should be on display immediately. Waddle is likely to also contribute on special teams for the Dolphins in 2021.
Waddle has the ability to make a major play any time he touches the ball on offense or special teams. Even without ever being the number one wideout during his time at Alabama, he seemingly showed enough to be selected at sixth overall.
By selecting Waddle, the Dolphins passed on the opportunity to take Oregon tackle Penei Sewell and the other Alabama wideout Devonta Smith. However, the team did fill a major hole that was needed.
For Miami, the team lands a former teammate of current quarterback Tua Tagoaviloa and another new weapon adding him to a wideout core featuring newly signed Will Fuller, Devante Parker, and Preston Williams.
The Dolphins are clearly investing in speed as they now have the speedster from Alabama in Waddle and Fuller. It also could and should mean more downfield throwing for Tagovailoa.
While I personally believe that adding Sewell would have helped the offense by protecting Tagovailo’s blindside, it is clear that the team wants to show Tagovailoa that they believe in him as their quarterback of the future.
Next up for the Miami Dolphins is pick 18, where the team could look to add an offensive tackle, EDGE rusher, or running back Najee Harris.