The Miami Dolphins have had a busy first three rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft. They have added four players, plus made a trade during the draft, to join the two pre-draft trades in the first round, and we are not even counting the Laremy Tunsil trade from 2019 that is still paying dividends now. We are now in the third round of the selection process and the Dolphins have made their pick, the 81st-overall selection.
The used the pick to select Boston College tight end Hunter Long. In three seasons at Boston College, Long caught 89 passes for 1,297 yards (14.6 average) with nine touchdowns. As a junior last year, he had 57 receptions for 685 yards with five touchdowns. Long is a solid tight end, able to be a pass catcher – he caught more passes than Kyle Pitts (43) last year – but he does not have the same skill-set as Mike Gesicki, who can move around and play out as a wide receiver or in on the line. Long will likely be playing more on the line and being used as a possession type of tight end.
The rest of the Dolphins’ draft picks are:
Round 1, Pick 6 (6) – Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
Round 1, Pick 18 (18) – Jaelan Phillips, Edge, Miami
Round 2, Pick 4 (36) – Jevon Holland, S, Oregon
Round 2, Pick 10 (42) (from NYG) – Liam Eichenberg, OT, Notre Dame
Round 2, Pick 18 (50) – TRADED to NYG
Round 3, Pick 18 (81) – Hunter Long, TE, Boston College
Round 5, Pick 12 (156)
Round 7, Pick 3 (231)
Round 7, Pick 31 (258)