Mel Kiper 2021 NFL Draft Grades: Chargers, Dolphins Top ESPN Guru’s Rankings

Alabama wide receiver Jaylen Waddle, right, holds a team jersey with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being chosen by the Miami Dolphins with the sixth pick in the NFL football draft Thursday April 29, 2021, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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The Los Angeles Chargers and Miami Dolphins maintain masses to feel correct about after this 365 days’s NFL draft, essentially based on ESPN’s Mel Kiper.

The two clubs both bought an “A” grade from the smartly-known draft analyst Saturday as they both put together to enter 365 days two of their respective rebuilds after drafting quarterbacks closing 365 days. The Dolphins took Tua Tagovailoa No. 5 overall in 2020 with the Chargers grabbing Justin Herbert one take later. Whereas the latter would shuffle onto find Offensive Rookie of the Year, both bought some major upgrades this weekend, incomes reward from Kiper within the midst of. 

Three of the considerable four picks for L.A. had been aimed toward boosting the offense because the Chargers grabbed offensive style out Rashawn Slater, wideout Josh Palmer and tight discontinuance Tre’ McKitty sooner than the tip of the third round—the one defensive soak up that bunch became cornerback Asante Samuel Jr. 

The Dolphins went a an identical route, grabbing Tagovailoa’s worn wideout at Alabama, Jaylen Waddle, at No. 6 overall sooner than grabbing OT Liam Eichenberg and tight discontinuance Hunter Long within the 2nd and third rounds. 

Per Kiper: 

“Tagovailoa struggled as a rookie closing season, but there must be no capability he averages 6.3 yards per strive once more in 2021. The addition of No. 5 overall take Jaylen Waddle (and free-agent signing Will Fuller V) capability he now has a pair of playmakers to speed after the capture and to scheme on deep balls. Waddle became the fifth-ranked player on my board. Jaelan Phillips (18) is a silky-gentle edge rusher with the bodily traits to common 10 sacks per season.”

After incomes an “A” from Kiper in 2020, the Baltimore Ravens had been rather much less a hit in this draft essentially based on the analyst. 

Despite including a dynamic wideout in Rashod Bateman to pair with quarterback Lamar Jackson, Kiper believes the group didn’t enact satisfactory to handle the loss of Orlando Brown on the offensive line after the Ravens traded him to the Kansas City Chiefs. 

Baltimore added only one guard this weekend, grabbing Ben Cleveland out of Georgia at No. 94 overall. 

The Chicago Bears had been one other winner in Kiper’s eyes after buying and selling up to take Ohio Issue QB Justin Fields at No. 11, then going abet-to-abet with offensive tackles Teven Jenkins and Larry Borom sooner than including tailback Khalil Herbert and wideout Dazz Newsome. 

Three teams tied for the bottom grade with Kiper handing out a “C-” to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Recent Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts. 

As critical a Kiper believes the Steelers made the staunch call in taking working abet Najee Harris No. 24 overall, he felt the group didn’t enact satisfactory to handle both its offensive and defensive lines. 

Fortunately for all teams focused on the draft, the tournament rarely finds a without delay and consensus winner. Sleepers and breakout stars emerge in later rounds every 365 days. For the teams on the lower discontinuance of Kiper’s grades, the hope is that they had been in an enviornment to capture a pair of of them. 

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