Top 6 Miami Dolphins options for Pick 6 in NFL Draft

Joe Schad
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Florida Gators tight end Kyle Pitts (84) catches the ball against Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Brian Branch (14).

Dolphins general manager Chris Grier masterfully manipulated the top of the NFL Draft on Friday, picking up future first- and third-round picks by moving only from 3 to 6.

It is quite possible the player the Dolphins draft at 6 will be the same player they would have selected at 3. Miami needs a playmaking receiver for Tua Tagovailoa.

The 49ers moved up, in extreme likelihood, because there are three quarterbacks they really like in this draft. If the Jets don't take a quarterback with the second pick, it's obvious they would move down in a deal with someone who will.

The beauty of all this is that there will be at least two, and possibly three or four quarterbacks taken ahead of the Dolphins' pick. This pushes the playmakers to Miami, which was not going to be in the rookie quarterback pool.

Let's say the Jaguars select Trevor Lawrence, the Jets Zach Wilson and the 49ers Justin Fields or Mac Jones. If the Falcons were to select Fields or Trey Lance, it would put the Bengals on the clock at 5.

Quarterback Joe Burrow will surely weigh in here. It seems clear Cincinnati would select either Burrow's college teammate, receiver Ja'Marr Chase of LSU, or offensive tackle Penei Sewell of Oregon.

If Sewell is the pick and Grier and the Dolphins have the choice of every single top receiver, the moves made a month before the draft will seem even more brilliant.

Miami went 10-6 last season. Their biggest offseason addition has been receiver Will Fuller, who should help Tagovailoa stretch the field. Their biggest offseason loss has been linebacker Kyle Van Noy, who isn't that great of a loss.

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If Grier can hit on a solid percentage of the mountain of picks he has assembled (thanks, Laremy Tunsil) over the next few years, Miami has a championship path. And even if for some reason Tagovailoa does not meet expectations, the Dolphins have enough picks to add another young quarterback in the near future.

That, of course, is not Miami's expectation. They believe Tagovailoa will be more comfortable, more game savvy and physically stronger in his second season. 

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The Dolphins have a good opportunity to add at least one receiver and at least one running back in the first two rounds of the next NFL Draft. And if Miami takes a leap forward on offense similar to the one they did on defense last season, look out.

Here are our Top 6 options for the Dolphins' 6th overall pick on April 29:

1. LSU WR Ja'Marr Chase — There is an argument to be made that Kyle Pitts is the player on the board with the highest upside, perhaps even Hall of Fame potential. It will be fascinating if Miami has a choice to make between Chase or Pitts, though it seems there's a decent chance that decision would be made for them. Chase might very well re-join Burrow in Cincinnati. Though Chase sat out last season, it's quite possible Miami determines he is just the most talented overall receiver and cannot be passed up. Chase is very fast, strong, explosive and dynamic and would join a receiving group that includes DeVante Parker, Will Fuller, Preston Williams.

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Ja'Marr Chase scores a touchdown as The LSU Tigers take on The Clemson Tigers in the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship.  Monday, Jan. 13, 2020.

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2. Florida TE Kyle Pitts — The thought all along has been that Miami will select the best available receiver. Well, what if Pitts is that receiver? Though his official position is tight end, he's really a big receiver. If Grier sees Pitts as another Shannon Sharpe, it would be very easy to justify the Pitts selection. If the Patriots can utilize Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry, why can't Miami overwhelm opponents with a combination of Pitts and Mike Gesicki? Imagine the red zone possibilities for Tua if he lined up with Parker-Pitts-Gesicki-Williams-Fuller. Consider one of Miami's co-offensive coordinators, George Godsey, has been the Dolphins' tight ends coach.

3. Alabama WR Jaylen Waddle — If Miami elects to re-unite Tua with one of his college receivers, the debate between Waddle and Smith would be interesting. On the surface it would be hard to pass on the reigning Heisman winner, who posted all those yards and touchdowns. And perhaps Miami wouldn't. But if the Dolphins want to add one of the fastest players in the draft, a player compared by some to Tyreek Hill, Waddle is the best option. Some might believe Miami can fill Waddle's potential role with some combination of Lynn Bowden, Jakeem Grant, Albert Wilson or Kirk Merritt.

Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith catches a pass as Auburn linebacker Chandler Wooten tries to tackle him (Butch Dill, AP)

4. Alabama WR DeVonta Smith —  He's skinny. There, we said it. It's going to annoy Smith. It's going to annoy Smith supporters. It was hard for some to envision the Dolphins making any athlete who is as rail-thin as Smith the third pick in the draft. Perhaps it's easier to explain at 6. Smith is likely to be a highly productive receiver in the NFL. Will his skill set seamlessly to the NFL? Do the Dolphins envision his traits translating into pro dominance? Maybe. Receivers picked between 5 and 7 in recent years include Corey Davis, Kevin White, Mike Evans, Justin Blackmon and Julio Jones. Miami must choose wisely. 

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Oregon Ducks tackle Penei Sewell against the Arizona State Sun Devils (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

5. Oregon OT Penei Sewell — Well, here's a curveball. It seems more likely than not that Miami feels it cured its offensive tackle woes with Austin Jackson and Robert Hunt in the first two rounds last year. But Grier and Flores, like all smart football minds, believe in the importance of building the trenches. If the Dolphins envision Sewell is another Anthony Munoz, they can plug him at right tackle and shift Hunt inside. The feeling here is Hunt showed enough as a rookie to believe he can capably protect Tua's blind side.

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6. Penn State LB Micah Parsons — While it's fun to project receivers and running backs to the Dolphins with two or three picks in the first two rounds, the Dolphins do have the need to add at least one potentially dominant defender to the roster. If Flores and defensive coordinator Josh Boyer see Parsons as see, say, Luke Keuchly, we can imagine how interested they would be. Parsons is a physical freak. He can run. He can cover. He can tackle. He can blitz. He's a monster. But we prefer Parson if he slides further. We think the best available offensive playmaker will be the choice at 6.

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