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If the Miami Dolphins draft according to expectations in two weeks, we’ll be seeing the team welcome a new pass catcher into the fray with their earliest NFL Draft selection. But Miami’s bid to build the best supporting cast possible isn’t going to be achieved with a single selection — the Dolphins have plenty of work to do in order to build out their receiver room and ensure quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has everything he needs to succeed.
The Dolphins are currently looking to fill a number of needs but the opportunity to take a swing at double dipping with wide receivers will be tempting. Miami has three selections currently scheduled for Day 3 of the 2021 NFL Draft and in a deep class of wide receivers, value may be found with one of those selections that may not otherwise be there in your average class.
So which receiver would be appealing to Miami in the later portions of the draft?
Auburn’s Anthony Schwartz may be one to watch. Miami needs speed and explosive plays in order to take their offense to the next level and few receivers in this year’s class are faster than Schwartz. Credited with a 4.26s 40-yard dash at the Auburn Pro Day, this is a player who has ample speed and has flashed playmaking ability with the ball in his hands.
Some of Schwartz’s best work comes on plays similar to that of Jakeem Grant: as a vertical receiver and on designed touches in the quick game to allow for run after the catch. His straight line speed is easy to grasp when you realize his background: he’s a highly successful track athlete. And because he’s a bit raw as a route runner, there should be a window to secure Schwartz’s blinding speed and potential later in the draft. So while the opportunity to target Schwartz shouldn’t define anything Miami does earlier in the draft, if he’s on the board for the team in Day 3, he’s certainly worth consideration given what Miami does and doesn’t have secured long-term in the receiver room.