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Mel Kiper Projects Dolphins to Draft Tua Former Teammate in Latest Mock Draft

Larry Rupp
Mel Kipers' latest mock draft features the Miami Dolphins selecting one of Tua Tagovailoa's former teammates with their first round pick.
Mel Kipers' latest mock draft features the Miami Dolphins selecting one of Tua Tagovailoa's former teammates with their first round pick. / Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images
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The 2021 NFL draft is quickly approaching and rumors continue to swirl about which prospects will be taken within the first 10 overall picks. One of the more intriguing teams in the mix is the Miami Dolphins. There are multiple ways in which Miami can take advantage of their No. 3 overall pick.

Mel Kiper released another mock draft recently and has the Dolphins trading that pick to the Carolina Panthers and moving down to No. 8 overall. He projects the team to draft one of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa's former teammates in Alabama wide receiver Jaylen Waddle.

Jaylen Waddle Dolphins

Although Miami recently signed receiver Will Fuller to complement starter DeVante Parker, the Dolphins still need to shore up that position before next season. Drafting Waddle would give Tagovailoa an impressive trio to work with and take Miami's offense to another level.

Waddle racked up 1,999 yards on 106 catches during his three college seasons in addition to 17 touchdowns. He also averaged an insane 18.9 yards per reception. Waddle was only able to appear in 6 games for the Crimson Tide last season as he dealt with an ankle injury.

What sticks out about Waddle is his game-changing speed and versatility. He has the ability to get down the field in the blink of an eye and also returned kicks and punts during his time at Alabama. He is a big play waiting to happen as he had two 85+ yard touchdown scores in college.

Waddle can line up anywhere on the field and make an immediate impact, which makes him an interesting candidate to get drafted by the Dolphins in April and reunite with his former QB.


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