Mel Kiper Jr. Reveals Which is the Best College Reunion in the 2021 NFL Draft

Published 05/03/2021, 9:03 AM EDT
Apr 29, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Green Bay Packer fans cheer before the 2021 NFL Draft at First Energy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The 2021 NFL Draft has now officially concluded. With all 32 NFL franchises making their picks through seven rounds, the teams now look forward to welcoming their new rookies. 


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While there were multiple twists and turns in this year’s draft, one theme seemed to stand out. Several big-time draftees will now be reuniting with their teammates from college for their respective franchise. 

Former Alabama players DeVonta Smith and Jalen Hurts will be linking up for the Philadelphia Eagles. LSU’s former dynamic duo of Joe Burrow and Ja’Maar Chase is an exciting prospect.


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While another Alabama reunion will take place in Miami as the Dolphins drafted wide receiver Jaylen Waddle to reunite with QB Tua Tagovailoa.   

With a lot to look forward to from all 3 reunions, NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. weighed in on which reunion he thinks will have the best results in 2021.

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During a segment of NFL Live, Kiper was asked about which duo he backs to have more success in 2021. And the answer to him seemed rather straightforward.  

“I’m going to go with Tua and Jaylen Waddle. Waddle to me is so competitive and I think the reason I would give him an edge is he’s gonna provide fuel position for Tua,” said Kiper.

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“His punt return skills are incredible. Also his ability to make those long-distance touchdown receptions. Those coast to coast receptions is remarkable,” he further added.

Talking about Waddle’s drive to succeed, Kiper said that big things can be expected from the wideout.

“Before he got hurt, he was lighting it up and then he comes back limping and he still catches three passes. So this kid is ultra-competitive.”

Kiper said that he also expects big things from Tua in his second year in the league as he continues to recover from a hip injury he sustained in college.


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Apr 29, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Jaylen Waddle (Alabama) with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by Miami Dolphins as the number six overall pick in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft at First Energy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

“For Tua, expect the arm strength to be better this year than it was last year given that he’s a couple of years removed from that hip surgery,” he said. 

With the Dolphins bringing the Alabama duo back, which reunion are you most excited to watch in the upcoming NFL season.


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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.



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