The Miami Dolphins grabbed an elusive playmaker on offense when they drafted Alabama wide receiver Jaylen Waddle with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. He recently became the highest drafted player so far to sign his rookie deal this offseason.
Waddle was the third Dolphins rookie to sign a deal ,joining a pair of seventh-round picks in offensive lineman Larnel Coleman and tailback Gerrid Doaks. While rookie minicamp does start this upcoming weekend, players will still be able to participate if unsigned.
Waddle's exceptional speed and crisp route-running abilities could make him a top target in Miami's passing attack as soon as this fall. He even gets to reunite with his college teammate in starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and should be able to build a quick connection with him.
The four-year deal will reportedly be fully guaranteed and Waddle will hopefully be able to help improve a Dolphins team that averaged just 233.5 passing yards per game last season (No. 20 in the NFL). The 22-year-old averaged an impressive 18.9 yards per reception during his college career.
More and more rookies are set to sign their deals soon and it will be interesting to see how Waddle's numbers stack up against some of the other top players. For now, he enters training camp as one of the most explosive rookies in this class and comes with a ton of upside moving forward.
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