The Miami Dolphins, in the first round, with the sixth overall pick, they took Jaylen Waddle the wide receiver out of Alabama. He's five foot nine and a half and 180 pounds. This guy has absolutely game changing speed. This guy is a lightning rod defenses will absolutely have to know where he is at all times because he is an explosive play waiting to happen. He can carve up defenses underneath. He's good in the intermediate routes, and downfield. He's a very complete wide receiver. Now he's not a big guy, but he still wins those 50/50 balls which is really impressive when you watch him, he can just go up and climb that ladder and get those balls, pick those balls out of the air. He's just a very tough competitor and I really really like Jaylen waddle man. He had 11, 50+ yard touchdowns in his career at Alabama, so you want to talk about a home run hitter, this guy is a big play waiting to happen. Now he also adds value on special teams because he averaged over 19 yards on punt returns at Alabama, so this is a guy who's going to come in and instantly give you a spark on the offense, and in special teams. Definitely a huge pick for Miami. Now he's returning from an ankle injury, which is a little bit concerning, and he did have a few too many drops for my liking. But other than that there's not really anything bad, you can say about this kid, he was just an absolutely awesome player at Alabama.
I could definitely make a case for him as the best wide receiver in this class. He has Tyreke Hill type of speed. That's not a exaggeration. He's that explosive of a player. He is instantly going to come into the league and become one of the fastest players in the NFL. He has speed and quickness. I love his fire, I love his grit and his competitive spirit that he shows when you watch his tape. As long as health isn't an issue the Dolphins found a big time playmaker and Jaylen Waddle. So this pick made a lot of sense for the Dolphins.
The Dolphins had two first round picks. Later in the first round at pick number 18 They selected Jaylen Phillips, the edge defender for Miami, he's six foot five 260 pounds. I love this kid's motor. He just hustles and gets after it, and he never gives up on a play and that is something that I love in a defensive player. His physical attributes are awesome. This guy is long, he's athletic, he just checks so many boxes, when it comes to his physical abilities. Now he ended last season on an absolute tear with six and a half sacks in 11 tackles for a loss in his last four games. He was tearing it up at the end of the year and his ability to close and finish quarterbacks is impressive. His closing speed he's got and that burst coming off the edge is outstanding, but he's also a solid run defender which I really like about him so he's a complete player, he's not going to be a liability in the running game. Now injuries have been an ongoing issue for him. Probably the biggest concern with him is going to be the injuries and can he stay healthy. And I would say he needs to continue to hit the weight room, he's a guy who could add a little bit of strength, but he's just got a quick smooth pass rush and just big time upside for this guy Phillips is a guy who's got top 10 kind of talent. He's that special of a player, but the injuries are the only reason that he slid into the middle of the first round, and 18th Overall, I still really liked this pick because I think it's worth the risk to take a guy with this much talent, because if he can stay healthy man, watch out because the Dolphins got a player with this guy.
When you look at the dolphins draft as a whole, Miami absolutely crushed this draft. Now it's too early to give up on Tua, so you got to go get him some playmakers and they did that with Jaylen Waddle, he's as explosive as they come. Tua averaged only 6.3 yards per attempt last year, and this offense desperately needed a legit number one receiver so I love the pick and it makes perfect sense. Now as good as the defense has been the last two years, they needed to upgrade the pass rush, so getting Philips with his natural ability and high ceiling was another home run. I also love their day two picks as well. They took Javon Holland the safety from Oregon, I think he should start day one, and so should Liam Eichenberg at right tackle these are guys are going to come in and become day one starters. When you're getting those guys in the second day of the draft that's just awesome value. A great draft by the Miami Dolphins, I'm giving them an "A+" I thought they hit this draft completely out of the park.