The draft will be held in Las Vegas on the strip in the area adjacent to Caesars Forum two years after it was initially scheduled. The 2020 NFL draft was turned into a virtual event because of COVID-19.
Here's a pick-by-pick look at how each player Miami selected will fit.
Round 3, No. 102 overall: Channing Tindall, ILB, Georgia
My take: The Dolphins brought their entire corps of inside linebackers back this offseason, but it's still a thin group overall that could use a sideline-to-sideline defender. Enter: Tindall. The former Bulldog is one of the fastest linebackers in this draft and should contribute quickly. Especially in a division that features one of the most dynamic players in the NFL in Bills QB Josh Allen, it was critical for the Dolphins to add as much speed as possible to the middle of their defense.
Round 4, No. 125 overall: Erik Ezukanma, WR, Texas Tech
My take: Wide receiver isn't necessarily a position of need for the Dolphins, but you can never have too many. Ezukanma is a bigger receiver with enough speed to satisfy coach Mike McDaniel. Special teams will be his fastest path to contribution as he refines his route tree and solves his issue of "focus drops." But if he has a strong camp and Preston Williams fails to impress, Ezukanma can leap into the rotation as a short-yardage receiver.
Round 7, No. 224 overall: Cameron Goode, OLB, Cal
My take: At 6-foot-4, 240 pounds, Goode has great size for his position and was effective as a pass-rusher in college, ranking eighth all-time on the school's sack list. He has experience playing in a 3-4 defense and now has the summer to earn a spot in the Dolphins' rotation at outside linebacker.
Round 7, No. 224 overall: Skylar Thompson, QB, Kansas State
My take: Before you even think about it -- no this is not a quarterback competition in the making. As is usually the theme in the seventh round, Thompson was simply the best player available and both GM Chris Grier and McDaniel liked the traits Thompson brings to the field. Calling him a long shot to make the 53-man roster is an understatement with starter Tua Tagovailoa and backup Teddy Bridgewater locked in, but Thompson could play his way onto the practice squad with a strong summer.