In 2019 the Dolphins decided to take the approach of a full franchise rebuild. Out went the ways of patch and paint. The front office stripped the house down to the studs and took the path of a total rebuild. 

If you’ve ever done a renovation before, you know the punch list never seems to end, and constant tweaks are always needed. The same will be for this team moving forward, but after the 2021 draft, the Miami Dolphins franchise will be ready for occupancy. 

The Dolphins will enter tonight’s first round of the NFL draft with some glaring needs, but for once, it seems that the draft strengths will match up with the Dolphins’ needs and where their picks fall. 

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It’s no secret that the Phins need a dynamic pass catcher. The receiver room is solid when healthy, but no one puts that breakaway fear in the opposition or presents a matchup issue for the defense. Miami should land that type of guy with the number 6 overall pick. If all the rumors are true, the Dolphins should come away with one of the 4 best pass-catchers in this year’s draft. Kyle Pitts, the tight end from Florida, seems to have become the apple of most Dolphins fan’s eyes.  If the Dolphins can land Pitts at six, he immediately gets paired with Gesicki, and the Dolphins’ offense might actually start to keep some defensive coordinators up at night. If the Falcon’s ruin that dream at number 4, then the Dolphins will likely have the opportunity to draft one of the following. LSU’s Ja’Marr Chase, Alabama’s Devonta Smith, or Jaylen Waddle. Each brings a unique set of skill sets and should immediately improve the Dolphins passing game.

The real fun begins for Dolphins fans at pick #18. Most fans agree that a pass rusher is a big need for the Dolphins, and fortunately for the Dolphins, many of this draft’s top pass rushers should be there at that pick. Guys like Michigan’s Kwity Paye, Azeez Ojulari from Georgia, Miami Hurricanes Gregory Rousseau, and Jaelan Phillips, as well as Jayson Oweh from Penn State, will all be in consideration at pick #18.

The Dolphins could also use a running back, and while the eighteenth pick maybe a little high for a running back, it very well could be used on Najee Harris from Alabama. Adding another offensive weapon in the first round could go a long way in helping the Dolphins’ offense and help continue the growth and improvement of Tua Tagovailoa. Harris is a big and agile back and could fit right in with the Dolphins mantra of big guys beat little guys in football.

No matter what happens in the first round, Dolphins fans should come away happy and feel really good about the direction of this franchise.