Dolphins Rumors: Jaylen Waddle Favored over Ja'Marr Chase with No. 6 Draft Pick

Blake SchusterSenior Analyst IIIApril 28, 2021

Alabama wide receiver Jaylen Waddle (17) carries the ball in for a touchdown after a reception in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Auburn, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
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The Miami Dolphins appear interested in getting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa some new toys on offense with the No. 6 overall pick in Thursday's NFL draft.

Jaylen Waddle may be their preferred wideout over Ja'Marr Chase. 

According to Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio, the Dolphins are more likely to select Waddle out of Alabama over LSU's Chase. B/R's own NFL Scouting Department ranks Waddle the No. 18 overall prospect in the draft and the No. 4 receiver behind DeVonta Smith, Rashod Bateman and Chase. 

The NFL is deep into "silly season", when teams do their best to misdirect the competition from their true intentions, so just about every draft rumor deserves a fair amount of scrutiny. Yet there's little question the Dolphins would love to add some talent at receiver. 

Miami's wideout corps was the 12th-worst in the league last year (246.1 yards per game) and posted the 10th-fewest touchdowns (24). 

If the Dolphins hang onto the No. 6 pick, they should have their pick of just about any wideout aside from Smith—who B/R projects as the No. 5 pick. 

Waddle posted 591 yards and four touchdowns in five games for Alabama last season despite suffering a broken right ankle in the first game of the season. It certainly doesn't hurt his case that Waddle and Tagovailoa developed a solid rapport on the field at Alabama. 

In 2018, Tagovailoa completed 45 passes to Waddle for 848 yards and seven scores when the wideout was a freshman. 

Now they could be reuniting in the NFL if the Dolphins indeed feel confident he's their guy at No. 6. 


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