The Miami Dolphins own the No. 3 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, and with the culmination of the 2020 college football season last night coming at Hard Rock Stadium, it seems only fitting that the game’s biggest star was Alabama WR DeVonta Smith. Smith, who was a college teammate of Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, exploded with perhaps the best game of his college career, logging 12 catches for 215 yards and three touchdowns — in the first half against the Buckeyes.
He’s got a Heisman Trophy, he’s got two national championships and he’s got the hearts and imaginations of Miami Dolphins fans and media everywhere when accounting for Miami’s desperate need at wide receiver and his connection with Tagovailoa.
And throughout last night’s championship game, all anyone seemed focused on was Smith staying in Miami after the game and just getting what feels like an obvious pairing started a few months early — Tua and DeVonta. Social media was aflame with commentary that this was the way for the Dolphins to breathe life into their offense.
Can DeVonta Smith just stay in Miami after the game to get to work with the Dolphins?
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) January 12, 2021
And with the third overall selection the Miami Dolphins select…
— Armando Salguero (@ArmandoSalguero) January 12, 2021
I said it 2 weeks ago but it might not have been loud enough: I turn in the Devonta Smith at #3 card for Dolphins today without hesitation. Not waiting for a trade down or how much he weighs at combine. #3, sharpie. pic.twitter.com/g0Vc9Xj4DA
— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) January 12, 2021
Tua and DeVonta reunited in the NFL is going to be so much fun to watch. #Dolphins
— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) January 12, 2021
Dolphins need to lock the gates and not let that guy out of Hard Rock Stadium.
— Hal Habib (@gunnerhal) January 12, 2021
With the third pick in the 2021 NFL Draft the Miami Dolphins select… pic.twitter.com/oEXuVz9Gmo
— David Dwork (@DavidDwork) January 12, 2021
Turn in the card. Devonta Smith at 3 to the Miami Dolphins
— Neal Driscoll (@NealDriscoll) January 12, 2021
You can dive headfirst into thousands of calls for the Dolphins to draft Smith on Twitter for yourselves — but after a championship game performance like the one Smith put on display, good luck changing anyone’s mind about what the Dolphins needs to do with the No. 3 overall pick. Media and fans alike.