These upcoming NFL Pro Days matter most to Miami Dolphins

Joe Schad
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Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith catches a pass as Auburn linebacker Chandler Wooten tries to tackle him (Butch Dill, AP)

There is a particular fascination about BYU quarterback Zach Wilson, who is this year's Joe Burrow in that he's sky-rocketed near the top of the NFL Draft.

There is a good chance the Jets will choose Wilson with the second pick or trade it to a team that drafts Wilson. 

And so while it seems unlikely Wilson would be available to the Dolphins with the third pick, and also unlikely they would draft a quarterback in that slot, you can bet they will be in attendance in Provo, Utah, on March 26.

That's the BYU Pro Day. And with no NFL Scouting Combine this season due to COVID-19, Pro Days will take on as great a significance this year as ever.

Just how impressive is Wilson? Will he post one of the most dazzling displays of ball-throwing in NFL Pro Days history, as some suspect?

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And how will Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields look at his Pro Day on March 30?

The Dolphins, who will surely be in attendance, hope Fields puts on a passing performance like no other. Why? Well, though it would seem unlikely they would draft Fields with the third pick, they'd love to pick up future first- and/or second-rounders to move down in a deal with say, the Falcons or Panthers.

Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields (1) scrambles during the third quarter at the College Football Playoff Championship Game at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Jan. 11, 2021.  The Crimson Tide defeated the Buckeyes 52-24.

Miami hopes Zach Wilson makes tons of "Wow!" throws and then Fields is even better.

The Dolphins hold picks 3 and 18 overall (first round) and 36 and 50 overall (second round), and you'd better believe they're going to land at least one receiver and a running back.

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Miami also has potential needs at center, linebacker/edge and possibly safety. With an emphasis on players we believe the Dolphins will seriously consider, let's take a look at 15 upcoming Pro Days dates. 

Which player will run a much faster 40-yard dash than expected? Which player is shorter or lighter than expected? Dreams are made and broken in these tests, conducted on the fields and in the weight rooms of college campuses.

We are listing these Pro Days in the order they'll occur, along with the players we're most excited to see perform:

1. Clemson RB Travis Etienne (March 11) — Does Etienne run so fast and look so smooth as a pass catcher that he's chosen ahead of Najee Harris?

2. Oklahoma C Creed Humphrey (March 12) — If the Dolphins choose not to re-sign Ted Karras, they'll need to draft a solid center like Humphrey.

3. Alabama WR DeVonta Smith, WR Jaylen Waddle, RB Najee Harris, C Landon Dickerson, LB Dylan Moses (March 23) — How much does DeVonta weigh and how fast does he run? 

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4. Purdue WR Rondale Moore (March 23) — Though only 5-foot-9, Moore is an incredible athlete with lightning speed and strength.

5. Penn State LB Micah Parsons, DE Jaysen Oweh (March 25) — Parsons should impress in drills. Enough to consider with the third pick?

Penn State Nittany Lions linebacker Micah Parsons celebrates after sacking the Minnesota Golden Gophers quarterback Tanner Morgan (Jesse Johnson/USA TODAY Sports)

6. Ole Miss WR Elijah Moore (March 25) — Though only 5-foot-9, Moore is an extremely quick slot target.

7. Michigan DE Kwity Paye, OT Jalen Mayfield (March 26) — Paye is a freaky athlete with explosiveness as an edge pass-rusher.

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8. Miami DE Greg Rousseau, DE Jaelen Phillips (March 29) — Scouts want to see just how much explosiveness and power the 6-foot-6 edge Rousseau exhibits. 

Miami Hurricanes defensive lineman Gregory Rousseau (15) celebrates wearing the turnover chain during last season’s game against Central Michigan.

9. North Carolina LB Chazz Surratt, RB Javonte Williams (March 29) — Javonte can secure his lofty status with a fast 40-yard dash.

10. LSU WR Ja'Marr Chase, WR Terrace Marshall Jr.  (March 31) — Nobody talks about Marshall, a second-rounder with first-round talent. Chase's 40 is key.

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11. Florida WR Kadarius Toney, TE Kyle Pitts (March 31) — Toney is dynamic and must flash trusted hands. Is Pitts such an outlier he could go at 3?

Florida wide receiver Kadarius Toney (1) runs for a touchdown after a catch during the first half of the Southeastern Conference championship NCAA college football game against Alabama, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

12. Notre Dame DE Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (March 31) — They say he's one of the most versatile, exciting players in draft, but he's only 6-foot-1, 215 pounds.

13. Minnesota WR Rashod Bateman (April 1) — Can do it all. If he tests well, his stock could go through the roof.

14. Oregon OT Penei Sewell (April 2) — Huge man with quick feet. Is he so good the Dolphins can't afford to pass?

Oregon Ducks tackle Penei Sewell (58) against the Arizona State Sun Devils. [MARK REBILAS/USA TODAY Sports]

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15. Tulsa LB Zaven Collins (April 2) — Another freaky athlete with size, speed and power. 

2021 NFL Draft

April 29-May 1