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2021 NFL Draft: Alabama Crimson Tide’s Jaylen Waddle is Selected 6th overall by the Miami Dolphins

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Tua Tagovailoa is to be reunited by the most dynamic playmaker in the draft.

NCAA Football: Alabama at Auburn John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

In Tua Tagovailoa’s rookie stint, he was severely limited by a lack of skill player help on offense. With Jaylen Waddle, the Dolphins are giving him someone with both the downfield speed to actually open the field up as well as someone that can turn the short, easy passes into big gains.

Waddle already has two seasons’ worth of experience catching passes from Miami’s young QB, so it’s no surprise they were more than happy to add that chemistry to their passing attack.

He’s one of the fastest players in the nation and combines that with electric, Percy Harvin-like, ability to avoid tackles and turn short catches into 80-yard catch and runs. On top of that, he’s consistently displayed the ability to make contested catches deep down the field and jump over people much bigger than him. He’s got almost perfect hands on his career, and has run every route on the tree.