The Miami Dolphins' 2020 season ended in disappointment, but the future looks bright. In two short seasons, Brian Flores has turned this defense into one of the best units in the league, Tua Tagovailoa should only get better from here and Miami still has plenty of cap space and draft capital.
Part of that war chest of assets includes the No. 3 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, which the Dolphins received from the Houston Texans in the Laremy Tunsil trade. Here are the three players Miami will most likely select at No. 3 overall.
3. Ja'Marr Chase, WR, LSU Tigers
The Dolphins don't have that much talent at the skill positions, but adding Ja'Marr Chase would change that in a hurry. Though he opted out of the 2020 season, the 2019 Biletnikoff winner was incredible the last time he saw the field. In that historic 2019 campaign, Chase caught 84 passes for 1,780 yards and 20 touchdowns through 14 games as a true sophomore. Pair a talent like Chase with players like Mike Gesicki, DeVante Parker and Myles Gaskin, and this group suddenly looks dangerous. Still just 20 years old, Chase and Tua could grow together for years to come.
2. Devonta Smith, WR, Alabama Crimson Tide
While there have been some rumblings suggesting Miami could elect to pick a QB at the top of the draft, it's far too early to give up on Tua. He did flash some real ability at times this season, and he's still just one year removed from a devastating hip injury that could've ended his career. Instead, Miami should focus on improving Tua's supporting cast. And adding Devonta Smith would do just that. Smith is the heavy favorite to win the Heisman Trophy (-500) at FanDuel Sportsbook, and he'd be the first WR to do so since Desmond Howard (who also played CB) in 1991. He'd also become just the fourth WR to ever win the award. With 105 receptions for 1,641 yards and 20 TDs in 2020, Smith's insane production could make him tough to pass up.
1. Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon Ducks
Penei Sewell is a generational talent. He also plays one of the most important positions in the league, left tackle, which just so happens to be a need for Miami. The Dolphins selected Austin Jackson in the first round last year, and he didn't exactly secure the job, receiving a 52.4 overall grade from Pro Football Focus. Adding Sewell would instantly shore up an offensive line that also ranked bottom 12 in pass protection as a unit, per PFF. Plus, Sewell won't turn 21 until October, so he'd be a fixture on Miami's offensive line for years to come. It's not the flashiest pick, but the pass protection around Tua needs to improve and no one would fix that quicker than Sewell.
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