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Dolphins sign Will Fuller; will it affect Penei Sewell falling to Bengals?

Now that the Dolphins have Fuller, they’re less likely to take a WR with the third pick, which could end up being Penei Sewell now.

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The Miami Dolphins came into the offseason in major need of more pass-catchers to help franchise QB Tua Tagovailoa.

Holding the third-overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, there’s been a lot of buzz Miami could take a receiver like LSU’s Ja’Marr Chase with that pick, which in turn helps Oregon tackle Penei Sewell fall to the Bengals with the fifth overall pick.

Well, those hopes may have taken a hit today, as the Dolphins have agreed to a one-year contract with former Houston Texans receiver Will Fuller. Ian Rapoport says it’s worth more than $10 million.

Now that Miami has Fuller to pair with DeVante Parker, you would think that means they won’t spend the third-overall pick on a receiver. However, it is just a one-year deal, and Fuller been extremely injury-prone, missing 27 games in five seasons. He was also hit with a six-game PED suspension this past season that will have him sidelined Week 1 this coming season.

So yeah, counting on Fuller is a bad strategy, so the Dolphins will likely still consider a receiver with the third pick. But if they don’t maybe it will be Ja’Marr Chase who falls to the Bengals instead of Penei Sewell.