No Regrets in Miami: The Rebuild Continues
Chris Grier is looking back on the Laremy Tunsil trade with ZERO regret. It was a career defining decision at the time because Laremy was Miami's best lineman, and it was thought that he was the future building block of the offensive line. But, Mr Grier approved the trade and here we are. Over the next few weeks, I am going to explore the possible picks Miami could make in next year's draft. They've built a solid foundation, so let's explore the possibilities of what they can do next.
The 2021 draft will further the positives of that Tunsil trade because Miami will still be reaping the benefits from said trade. They have positioned themselves to get a blue-chip prospect in this draft class. The Dolphins are the quintessential model of how a team should rebuild, restock, and develop a roster. Seeing the blueprint of Brian Flores’ defense evolve and execute over the past 23 games has been a sight to see. Even though the team has begun to create a considerable amount of pressure off the edge, they still could use more help in that department and on the second level of the defense. That's why I could see Miami drafting Micah Parsons with their first pick in the 2021 draft that is courtesy of the Houston Texans. He is a two-in-one player in that he not only provides help at linebacker but also as a rush end as well at 6'3 245 lbs and he runs a true 4.5 40 yd dash. Prior to the start of last season, Parsons was named to the Butkus Award preseason watch list. In his sophomore year, Parsons recorded 109 tackles, 5 sacks, 3 deflected passes and 3 forced fumbles. Parsons went on to be named the Butkus–Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year and a consensus All-American. Parsons had a dominating performance in the 2019 Cotton Bowl Classic and was named the Defensive MVP of the game. Parsons recorded 14 tackles, 2 sacks and 2 forced fumbles. Parsons played DE in high school, so he knows how to rush the passer. That's an unbelievably valuable asset for a MLB, not to mention he can actually tackle.
There are a lot of people that want to compare Parsons to Isaiah Simmons when he came out of Clemson last year, but it's not a good comparison at all because Parsons is a rush end playing Mike LB. Simmons was a Safety playing Mike LB. There's a big difference between the two. Parsons could be a savage in Brian Flores' amoeba defense. We'll see how it all plays out, but there's one thing that's for sure. Miami won't be in need of a QB.
-Brian Wilkinson Jr