After the 2021 draft, the buzz was around the Cleveland Browns’ receiving corps as possibly one of the best in the NFL. But if you look at what the Miami Dolphins have built this year, then the argument could very well be that they may have one of the best receiving corps in 2021.
Before the 2021 draft, everyone knew that the Miami Dolphins were going to draft a wide receiver. The question was “which one?” There were three top receivers that NFL scouts had their eyes on for first round picks. All three of those receivers played on teams that won national championships with one winning the Heisman Trophy. Ja’marr Chase played for the LSU Tigers, whom many thought would be the first wide receiver drafted and he was.
The other two receivers, Jaylen Waddle and DeVonta Smith played for the Alabama Crimson Tide. For the sixth overall pick of the 2021 draft, instead of drafting Heisman winner, DeVonta Smith, the Miami Dolphins drafted Jaylen Waddle. According to Dolphins’ General Manager, Chris Grier, the Dolphins drafted Waddle because of his return ability and his dynamic ability to make explosive plays. His film is a witness to that explosiveness on the field.
DOLPHINS RECEIVING CORPS ADDS WADDLE
According to many analysts, Jaylen Waddle was Alabama’s best wide receiver, despite Smith winning the Heisman. Some analysts would go as far to say if Waddle had not gotten injured that he very well could have been the one that won the Heisman in 2020 instead of Smith. For a plus to the Dolphins, Waddle will be rejoining his college quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa, who harmonize together perfectly in games.
With the addition of Jaylen Waddle to the Miami Dolphins, it brings together a trio of amazing receivers in the NFL. DeVante Parker has established himself as the star receiver for the Dolphins, racking up several 100 plus receiving yard games, whom also had over 1,200 receiving yards in 2019. He just missed getting over 1,000 receiving yards last year by missing a couple of games due to injury.
To compliment Parker, Miami added former Texans receiver, Will Fuller to the receiving corps, whom has already shown that he can pile up a 200 plus receiving yard game and had his best season yet last year, just missing 1,000 yards by 121 yards in only 11 games played due to a suspension.
Two other receivers to watch for are Preston Williams and Robert Foster. Both have been plagued with injuries throughout their young career, but when healthy, these receivers are contributors to highlight reels. Preston Williams was on his way to a 1,000 yard rookie year in 2019 before getting injured halfway into the season. He had racked up over 1,300 yards for Colorado State and has the same type of physique as Julio Jones.
Robert Foster, another University of Alabama receiver, was one of Josh Allen’s go to receivers when Foster played for Buffalo until Foster became injured with a toe injury. If you watch a college film of Robert Foster, he could have very well been in the Alabama ranks of the great receivers before and after him. Unfortunately for Foster, his playing time at Alabama was shortened due to injuries. Foster will eventually have a breakout year and it very well could be with his days in Miami.
There are several other great receivers on Miami’s current roster that are hoping to make the cut when the regular 2021 NFL season begins. Two of those players are former college quarterbacks converted to receivers, Lynn Bowden Jr. and Kai Locksley.
Not only does Miami have outstanding wide receivers going into 2021, they have the fourth best tight end in the league of the 2020 receiving leaders in the NFL crop of tight ends, with Mike Gesicki.
If Tua Tagovailoa has a breakout year his second season in the league, he should have over 4,000 passing yards and this receiving corps will help him do it. It is very possible that at least two of these receivers will have over 1,000 receiving yards in 2021. If two of Miami’s wide receivers do have over 1,000 receiving yards, then it is very possible that Tua will pass for over 5,000 yards. And If Tua has 5,000 passing yards in 2021, it will be because of this incredible receiving corps that the Miami Dolphins have put together in 2021.
Certainly, the wide receivers that the Miami Dolphins have going into the 2021 NFL season is one of the best receiving corps the Dolphins have had in years.