The Miami Dolphins have been gathering draft picks left and right since trading Laremy Tunsil to the Houston Texans. The front office has put the franchise in a great position to have future success, as they have plenty of cap space to work with on top of the plethora of draft capital as well.
They entered this year’s NFL draft with the third overall pick. However, the Dolphins recently agreed to make a couple of trades before the start of the draft. First, they traded the third pick overall to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for the 12th overall pick, a first-round pick in 2022, another first-round pick in 2023, and a third-round pick in 2022.
Shortly after, the front office reached an agreement with the Philadelphia Eagles, trading for the sixth and 156th overall picks. All they gave up was the 12th and 123rd overall picks, as well as a 2022 first-round selection.
Miami has put itself in a situation to potentially choose the top prospect available in this class. They could take an elite pass-catcher, or even a top offensive lineman, it really depends what the Cincinnati Bengals do in the draft. Even so, the Dolphins are bound to walk away from the first round with the player they’ve wanted from the beginning.
Here are the three perfect options for the Miami Dolphins’ sixth overall selection in the NFL draft.
Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU
Ja’Marr Chase enters the draft as arguably the best wide receiver in the class. He opted out in the 2020 season, but even so, the NFL has been drooling over this kid since 2019. Chase dominated during the LSU Tigers title run with Joe Burrow as his quarterback, posting an insane 84 receptions, 1,780 yards, and 20 touchdowns.
Chase is NFL-ready and aims to take over the league immediately. He’d fit into the Dolphins’ offense smoothly and potentially become their top target sooner, rather than later. Tua Tagovailoa would suddenly have a solid receiver group around, giving him the weapons he needs to take the next step in his development.
Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
Another prolific pass-catcher, Kyle Pitts comes into the league as one of the most prolific prospects we’ve ever seen. He was Kyle Trask’s favorite target and it felt like he targeted the big-bodied tight end on every play. Pitts finished the 2020 season with career highs, even though he played in five fewer games than in 2019. Last year, Pitts finished with 43 receptions, 770 yards, and 12 touchdowns.
The Dolphins already have Mike Gesicki at tight end, but when someone like Pitts is available, you take him. Pitts is a generational athlete that aims to change the narrative of the tight end position. With the likes of Travis Kelce, George Kittle, and Darren Waller, Pitts has the potential to join those three prestigious names in Miami. He’s a complete mismatch on the field, giving the Dolphins a massive advantage.
Penei Sewell, OL, Oregon
The Bengals may select any of the three players named on this list, but if they don’t, Miami would be smart to take Penei Sewell here. Securing the offensive line is the fastest way to success, especially when a franchise has a young quarterback under center. Sewell has been one of the most consistent linemen at the collegiate level playing for the Oregon Ducks and should bring that to the NFL.
For the Dolphins, protecting their young quarterback has to be at the top of the priority list. Miami’s offense still needs weapons, but this draft class is stacked with talented pass catchers. With the Dolphins owning two first-round picks this year, it’s possible they choose Sewell then take a wide receiver later in the first round. This would be an incredibly smart way for the front office to continue building the roster.