Whenever Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network talks about anything related to the NFL Draft, it would be wise to listen to him. And yesterday, Jeremiah talked about almost the entire first round of this year’s event, breaking down his latest simulated 2021 draft scenario to explore what the Miami Dolphins and the rest of the league could do at the end of the month. Jeremiah’s mock draft included four quarterbacks in the top four picks; a development that certainly helped the Dolphins’ cause of securing a top-tier pass receiver on this stage.
But with options comes the opportunity to make the right (or wrong) decision. What move did Jeremiah make for the Dolphins? Here are his two picks for Miami in the first round of his last drill of 2021:
No. 6 overall – WR Ja’Marr Chase, LSU Tigers
“Miami came back up after switching to No. 12, wisely thinking they could get Pitts or Chase with the sixth pick.” – Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com
No. 18 Overall – DE Gregory Rousseau, Miami Hurricanes
“Rousseau had some stiffness in his professional day training, which worried some teams. With that said, look at their combination of size, length, and production. Plus, his impressive 10-yard (1.57 seconds) split time will weigh heavily in evaluations. “- Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com
With Florida TE Kyle Pitts coming off the board at No. 5 against the Dolphins, the decision with the Dolphins’ top pick came down to Chase or presumably tackle Penei Sewell. But given Miami’s investments in the offensive line in 2020 and the depth of the offensive line class this year, Jeremiah was inspired to offer the Chase for the Dolphins. LSU’s product is the same player who often projects the Dolphins in third place overall.
Rousseau is a bit surprising; As Jeremiah mentioned, Rousseau’s Pro Day numbers were a bit disappointing after not playing in 2020. But there is little doubt that this long-armed pass back fits the mold of a Dolphins pass back and would fit the bill perfectly. On the line.