There was a ton of speculation about which wideouts would be available and at the top of Miami’s draft board at the 6th overall pick. After months of seeing mocks with the likes of Kyle Pitts and Ja’Marr Chase going to the South Beach, the Dolphins ended up choosing the top player on their board in Jaylen Waddle.
While there will be many who would have preferred his Alabama running mate, I am not one of them. Waddle, in my opinion, is a perfect fit for this team and based on what they already have on the roster. The Dolphins already have large, possession-type receivers and needed a top playmaker that can work the inside of the defense. Jakeem Grant had filled that role for the last few years but was way too inconsistent. Waddle immediately fixes this need.
He adds speed and the ability to get open, things that this offense desperately needed and will be extremely helpful for Tua Tagovailoa. Waddle can also help out in the return game, if needed, and should be a threat from that spot. Whenever he is on the field, he is a threat to score with the ball in his hands and Miami really needed that.
For me, this pick was a slam dunk.