Miami Dolphins Pre Free Agency Seven Round Mock Draftby Mason Thompson March 2, 2021 0 comments
The Miami Dolphins almost made the playoffs in 2020 with a 10-6 record. They look to build upon that success for the 2021 season and are one of the teams that hold the keys to the 2021 draft. Miami has the 3rd and 18th selections in the first round. The 3rd and 36th picks were a result of the Laremy Tunsil trade with Houston. The Dolphins have four selections in the first 50 picks and five in the first 100.
Miami only has two picks after that, with one in the fourth and one in the sixth and no selections in rounds five and seven. Expect Chris Grier to trade back with one or two of his picks in the first 50 to gain extra capital in the later rounds. Heading into this mock draft, the top needs on the roster were identified as left tackle, linebacker, pass rusher, running back, and receiver. This mock features no trades to keep it simple.
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Round 1, Pick 3: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
With this pick, the Dolphins could trade down with a team that gives them a king’s ransom to move up and take a quarterback. Or, they could get their franchise left tackle instead. Austin Jackson was selected in the first round last year but is better suited as a right tackle. Not only does this help both tackle spots, but it helps the entire offensive line. Robert Hunt can play where he is more familiar with at right tackle, and Solomon Kindley, Michael Deiter, and a potential draft pick will battle out for the starting center role if Ted Karras leaves. It’s Sewell or bust for this pick at this time.
Round 1, Pick 18: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, ROVER, Notre Dame
Miami has three linebackers with expiring contracts. Those players are Elandon Roberts, Kamu Grugier-Hill, and Vince Biegel, who is more of an edge rusher. Along with that, the Dolphins have some issues with their safeties. Both Bobby McCain and Eric Rowe could be cap casualties this offseason. Brian Flores comes from New England, who like to have versatile players at their linebacker position. Well, Owusu-Koramoah is the most versatile player in the class. Do you want him to play linebacker, cornerback, or safety? That’s for the Dolphins to find out in this scenario.
For more on Owusu-Koramoah, check out our scouting report on him here.
Round 2, Pick 36: Javonte Williams, RB, North Carolina
As much as some like to say that the running back position doesn’t matter, it pays off to have a lead-back. Last season, the leading rusher for Miami was Myles Gaskin, who had 584 yards. Salvon Ahmed also had a role, as he rushed for 319 yards. Williams is on a whole other level from those two. He has a complete skill set and can play on all three downs. Some even have Williams as the top running back in the class, over Travis Etienne and Najee Harris.
For more on Williams, check out our scouting report on him here.
Round 2, Pick 50: Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue
DeVante Parker and Preston Williams are a solid receiving duo. Both need to stay healthy for the offense to run on all cylinders. In this mock, Miami didn’t take a receiver in the first round but stays patient and gets Moore, who may be a first-round talent with the 50th pick overall. He would immediately start in the slot and be used on screens, reverses, or any route from the slot. The trio of receivers is upgraded, and Isaiah Ford, who is re-signed, in this case, and Jakeem Grant round out the depth, with Lynn Bowden playing as the gadget player.
For more on Moore, you can read our scouting report on him here.
Round 3, Pick 81: Quincy Roche, EDGE, Miami
Roche stays in Miami after being selected by the Dolphins. As stated earlier, the Dolphins’ defense is built on versatile pieces. Along with that, Miami would like to have more pressure off of the edge. Emmanuel Ogbah had a great season where he led the team with nine sacks, and he needs a partner. Jerome Baker and Kyle Van Noy are good, but you can never have too many pass-rushers, and Ogbah is entering the last year of his contract.
For more on Roche, you can read our scouting report on him here.
Round 4, Pick 123: Andre Cisco, SAF, Syracuse
With McCain and Rowe entering unknowns regarding their future, safety is a sneaky need for the Dolphins. In this mock, Cisco, who many thought of as a first-round caliber prospect earlier in the season, falls to Miami in the fourth round. The Dolphins selected Brandon Jones last year, who can play in a variety of roles, including strong safety. Cisco would be a good fit as the developmental free safety and is a steal at this spot.
Round 6, Pick 208: Jimmy Morrissey, IOL, Pittsburgh
Miami will need more depth on the interior of the offensive line if Karras isn’t re-signed. Morrissey is a former walk-on that ended up as a four-year starter and team captain. He won the Burlsworth trophy in 2020 as the best player who began his collegiate career as a walk-on. He has some athletic limitations but is a very technical player. Morrissey would be a great fit in the locker room and work his way onto the 53-man roster and compete for the starting center spot.