One of the best analysts over there is NFL Network, Peter Schrager. It does a good job and is part of one of the greatest NFL morning shows of all time. (IMO) But that’s not the point of this article. No, the purpose of this article is to discuss another simulation project – Schrager’s Simulation Project 1.0.
We know it’s impossible to predict the NFL Draft. And I’ve been preaching for about six or seven years now that Fake drafts are like assholes, and everyone has one. But this one, this one is interesting.
Peter Schrager’s full first round simulation project can be found HERE.
Choice 1 to 5
Like every simulation project, Schrags begins with the Jacksonville Jaguars selecting the golden boy, Trevor Lawrence. At No.2, the New York Jets choose BYU quarterback Zach Wilson, and at No.3, the San Francisco 49ers choose Mac Jones. (I find it hard to believe the 49ers ditched that whole Mac Jones capital project. Thanks, by the way.)
However, the first move that bothered me with Schrager’s mock draft is that he has the New England Patriots trading in fourth and selecting second-best quarterback in that class, Justin Fields. (IMO)
It would suck. Not only for the Dolphins, but also for the other 30 NFL teams. But whatever. Bill Belichick will finally get his quarterback, and Miami will do as they have been since the beginning of time. Play them hard and split the series for the season.
Now let’s talk about what Schrager makes the Dolphins do.
With 6th pick in 2021 NFL Draft, Miami Dolphins select
Rashawn Slater, attacking tackle, northwest
Most fake drafts get Penei Sewell off the board before Slater, but a few teams have told me it’s the other way around. Miami took the offensive linemen with early picks last year, but I think they’ll continue to build there and protect the QB.
Random Twitter video.
Wait, say what now!?!?!
I sure had a few hours to simmer on this (I went to the dentist), but what’s going on here !? I’m not an offensive line guru, and I promise you I’ll never claim to be. But IF the Dolphins were going to do the most stuff with the Dolphins and sign a lineman after taking over sixth – why wouldn’t it be for Penei Sewell?
I understand that the offensive line is essential, and there is a lot of evidence to show you just how a awesome the offensive line is. But I would be reasonably upset if Chris Grier and Brian Flores passed over Kyle Pitts or DeVonta Smith for an offensive lineman. Especially the one who isn’t called Sewell.
And if the target is truly an offensive lineman, why wouldn’t they trade in this situation with a team that loves Trey Lance? At this point, someone has to be ready to jump in and secure their quarterback, right?
It’s me trying to find the good in there.
Pass a talent like Kyle Pitts for an offensive tackle? It would be a huge mistake, in my opinion.
With 18th pick in 2021 NFL Draft, Miami Dolphins select
The Dolphins had some success with a committee running back last season, but Harris is a cut above. He would join his varsity teammate Tua Tagovailoa in Miami’s quest to win their first AFC East crown since 2008.
That much, most fans would hand over the 18th overall pick if they pre-order the best running back in this year’s draft from them. Najee Harris is constantly thrown towards the Dolphins at number 18, and I have no problem with that. Harris looks like it was built in a lab and plays like that too.
Simply put, Najee Harris can do things most other running backs can’t. And I think his skills would pair very well with Miami’s current backing team. Oh, and he’s also been to Alabama and is really good friends with the QB Tua Tagovailoa dolphins? #TuasFriends
(Note: I firmly believe the Dolphins need to come out of this draft with Najee Harris, Javonte Williams or Travis Etienne. They screwed the dog up last offseason, they can’t do it again.)
But no matter how awesome Najee Harris is, I couldn’t help but feel a little uncomfortable Joe Philbin after day one, even if that turns out to be what’s ultimately best for the team, five years later.
For the final round one pick, Peter Schrager asks the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to select Stanford quarterback David Mills.
I’m not sure where Mills is going exactly, but the buzz around the league is that he could be a first-round pick and will likely be the sixth quarterback selected. I’m going to throw him at Tampa Bay, where he can learn from a really good QB1.
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How would you feel if the Dolphins drafted Rashawn Slater and Najee Harris in the first round?