Round 1, Pick 8 (Via Texans): Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU
There is no current receiver on the Miami Dolphins roster who is consistently creating separation. DeVante Parker is the type of player who does not create separation, but is the only real starting caliber receiver that the team has. Preston Williams, who also does not create separation, cannot be counted on to stay healthy.
The rest of the room is Jakeem Grant, Antonio Callaway, Kirk Merritt (practice squad), Lynn Bowden, Mack Hollins, and Malcolm Perry. Some of those guys can create separation. However, offensive coordinator Chan Gailey knows this, and if they are not playing them more snaps then it means they just lack in other parts of playing receiver. Albert Wilson and Allen Hurns are set to return next season, but there is no guarantee that they will be retained by the team.
It is time to get Tua Tagovailoa a real weapon at receiver. Miami is perhaps the best place for Chase. Teams will be placing their number one cornerback on Parker, meaning Chase will have a much easier transition to the NFL early on. He may even be seeing third corners if some teams view Preston Williams or Jakeem Grant as more of a threat.
Chase is a fit for any offense, but the Dolphins desperately need him. He can create separation, win at the catch point, and make plays after the catch. He may be the best all around receiver in this draft class considering Jaylen Waddle’s size and recent ankle injury. If he is on the board, the Dolphins better pull the trigger.