After the 2021 season, the Miami Dolphins had three players who made it to America’s all-rookie team of professional football writers: wide receiver Jaylen Waddle, outside linebacker Jaelan Phillips, and quarterback Jevon Holland.
Miami’s first three players selected in the 2021 NFL Draft are all-time regular season picks. The No. 6 Waddle set the NFL record for most receptions by a rookie with 104 catches. Phillips, selected 18th by the University of Miami, passed the franchise’s rookie mark with 8 1/2 sacks.
Waddle, who was also named the team’s MVP by local media, finished with 1,015 receiving yards, six touchdowns and another rushing touchdown. Phillips, who made the PFWA team as a defensive end, had 42 tackles and fumble recoveries, as well as total sacks. An all-round Holland taken early in the second round totaled 69 tackles, two interceptions, 2 1/2 sacks, 10 pass deflections and a couple of fumble returns.
The success of the Dolphins’ top three picks in the 2021 draft was a refreshing rebound from three 2020 first-round picks: quarterback Tua Tagovailoa vs. Justin Herbert, offensive lineman Austin Jackson, and defenseman Noah Igbinogene.
A wide receiver who made the team with Waddle was Ja’Marr Chase of the Cincinnati Bengals, who was also named PFWA Offensive Rookie of the Year. Kyle Pitts of the Atlanta Falcons, a Florida graduate who was also swept by the Dolphins in their 3rd to 12th and finally 6th draft pick, also made it to the tight end.
Denver Broncos cornerback Patrick Sourten II, a product of American Heritage High and the son of a former Dolphins cornerback of the same name, also made the rookie team.
Mac Jones of the New England Patriots was the rookie quarterback, and the two running backs were Pittsburgh Steelers’ Naji Harris and Denver Broncos’ Javonte Williams.
Only the Kansas City Chiefs – center Creed Humphrey, guard Trey Smith and linebacker Nick Bolton – and the Cleveland Browns – linebacker Jeremy Owusu-Koramoa, cornerback Greg Newsome II and punt returner Demetric Felton – had three picks, as did ” Dolphins.
The all-round rookie of the year was Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons, who was also named Defensive Rookie of the Year.
On Monday, Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard was selected by the PFWA All-AFC.
The Dolphins have signed defenseman D’Angelo Ross to a reserve/futures contract, the team announced Tuesday. He became the seventh Miami player to sign a futures deal since the end of the season.
Ross has played in three one-start games for the New England Patriots in 2021, totaling three tackles, two solos. He also played in the New England AFC Wildcard. Ross spent the entire 2020 season with the New England practice team and missed the 2019 season with an injured reserve. He originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2019.
Dolphins have up to seven players on futures trades. During the month, they also announced the signings of defenseman Quincy Wilson, running back Jerrid Doakes, wide receiver Cody Core, defenseman Javaris Davis, tackle Adam Pankey, and tackle Kion Smith.
Signings allow the Dolphins to keep these players throughout the offseason. They go into effect at the start of the new league year on March 16, when rosters expand to 90.