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

Dolphins sign No. 6 pick Jaylen Waddle

Sixth overall pick Jaylen Waddle signed a four-year $27.1 million guaranteed contract with the Miami Dolphins that includes a $17.1 million signing bonus.

Waddle was the second wide receiver drafted in the 2021 draft and reunites with former Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in Miami.

The contract includes a team option for a fifth season, as is customary for NFL first-rounders.

Dolphins head coach Brian Flores said the work the scouting staff did on Tagovailoa last year made the Waddle pick a pretty simple decision.

“In doing that, we saw really all the players at Alabama, and Waddle was somebody who definitely stood out as a receiver, as a returner, just a really good player,” Flores said.

Waddle joins a wide receiver group in Miami that includes free-agent addition Will Fuller and DeVante Parker.

When targeting Waddle in college, Tagovailoa averaged 16.6 yards per completion and had a 74.1 percent completion rate.

Waddle went one pick after LSU wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase (Cincinnati Bengals) and before Heisman-winning teammate DeVonta Smith (Philadelphia Eagles).

–Field Level Media

Oct 17, 2020; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Alabama wide receiver Jaylen Waddle (17) catches a pass after Georgia defensive back Tyson Campbell (3) fell. Waddle turned the catch into a 90 yard touchdown during the second half of Alabama's 41-24 win over Georgia at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary Cosby Jr/The Tuscaloosa News via USA TODAY Sports

Alabama WR Jaylen Waddle game-time decision vs. Ohio State

Alabama junior wide receiver Jaylen Waddle continues to practice and will be a game-time decision for the national championship game on Monday.

Waddle is returning to the field after suffering an ankle injury on Oct. 24 against Tennessee.

Quarterback Mac Jones and wide receiver DeVonta Smith echoed the assessment of Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian in saying Waddle has looked good in practice. All three deferred to head coach Nick Saban on Waddle’s status.

Saban said Thursday there is a chance Waddle plays against Ohio State on Monday but his status is “up in the air.”

Waddle was fitted with a cast and then a walking boot due to the nature of his ankle injury, which included a sprain and fracture.

Saban said Waddle began running on a treadmill in early December, and at that point Alabama began to consider allowing Waddle to play in the postseason.

A preseason All-American, Waddle had 25 receptions for 557 yards with four touchdowns in the first four games of the season. Waddle also serves as a return specialist.

He tallied at least 120 receiving yards in each of the first four games this season.

–Field Level Media

Oct 17, 2020; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Alabama wide receiver Jaylen Waddle (17) catches a pass after Georgia defensive back Tyson Campbell (3) fell. Waddle turned the catch into a 90 yard touchdown during the second half of Alabama's 41-24 win over Georgia at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary Cosby Jr/The Tuscaloosa News via USA TODAY Sports

Saban: WR Jaylen Waddle has chance to play in title game

Alabama coach Nick Saban said Tuesday that injured star wideout Jaylen Waddle has been cleared to practice and has a chance to play in the College Football Playoff title game against Ohio State.

“He’s been running, but we need to see him in practice,” Saban told ESPN. “Our medical people will evaluate him as the week goes on and make a decision from there. He wants to play and has been working hard to get back.”

Waddle fractured his ankle on Oct. 24 on the opening kickoff against Tennessee and has not played since.

DeVonta Smith led the Crimson Tide with 105 catches for 1,641 yards and 20 touchdowns on the season.

Waddle, a junior who is considered to be a likely first-round pick in next year’s NFL draft, had 25 catches for 557 yards and four touchdowns in the first four games of the season.

–Field Level Media

Oct 17, 2020; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Alabama wide receiver Jaylen Waddle (17) catches a pass after Georgia defensive back Tyson Campbell (3) fell. Waddle turned the catch into a 90 yard touchdown during the second half of Alabama's 41-24 win over Georgia at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary Cosby Jr/The Tuscaloosa News via USA TODAY Sports

Alabama WR Waddle carted off with leg injury

Alabama wide receiver Jaylen Waddle was carted off the field and later taken by ambulance to a local hospital after injuring his lower right leg on the opening kickoff against Tennessee on Saturday afternoon.

Waddle, who is considered to be a likely first-round pick in next year’s NFL draft, favored his right ankle after a Tennessee defender rolled up on him from behind during a kick return. He reportedly received an X-ray before being loaded into an ambulance.

In his first four games of the season, Waddle had 25 catches for 557 yards and four touchdowns.

Slade Bolden stepped in at wide receiver with Waddle out for the game.

–Field Level Media