The Miami Dolphins are primed to make the leap in 2021. Armed with an already-elite defense, a rising young quarterback and a war chest of draft capital, the Dolphins could be immediate contenders if they nail the NFL Draft.
Miami certainly didn't do that in Peter Schrager's latest mock draft, however.
Miami Dolphins Mock Draft
In Schrager's first mock of the year, he has Miami standing pat at No. 6 and selecting Northwestern's Rashawn Slater, and following that up with Alabama's Najee Harris at No. 18. That's probably not the outcome Dolphins fans are looking for.
For one, Miami is passing on fellow offensive tackle Penei Sewell to take Slater at No. 6 in this instance. Most seem to believe that Sewell is the vastly superior prospect, but Slater has been generating some buzz of late.
Still, this feels like a classic pre-draft overthink. Sewell looks like a generational talent and a future All-Pro. He's not the type of player you pass on, and especially not if you're taking another tackle ahead of him.
As for Harris, he's a fantastic player but running backs have been significantly devalued in recent years. Taking a first-round RB is a luxury pick, and it's not one Miami can afford right now. This team has holes on both sides of the ball, with pass-catcher and pass-rusher being notable ones.
It's hard to see the Dolphins passing up on studs like Kadarius Toney, Rondale Moore or Jaelan Phillips just to take a RB, especially since they already have a promising one in Myles Gaskin.
Coming out of the organization's most important NFL Draft in years with Slater and Harris in the first round would be underwhelming, to say the least.
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