The first Miami RedHawk name has been called at the 2021 NFL Draft in Cleveland, OH.
The Buffalo Bills selected offensive tackle Tommy Doyle as the 161st overall draft pick in the fifth round.
Doyle originally declared for the draft in August as a response to the cancelation of the 2020 MAC football season. However, when the league reversed its decision, Doyle dug out the pads and took the field with the RedHawks in November. Despite playing just three games of a shortened schedule, the left tackle earned his second First Team All-MAC bid.
Listed at a mammoth 6’8” and 320 pounds, Doyle presents the perfect build as an NFL offensive tackle. He arrived at Miami after shining as a high school defensive end and hockey star, but the transition to the trenches was seamless. Doyle presents tremendous footwork with his frame and excels as a powerful pass protector.
Doyle’s NFL career will begin on the reigning AFC runner-up, and will almost certainly be groomed to be a potential starting option for the future over the long-term, with solid back-up potential in the short-term. At present, the Bills carry Dion Dawkins and Daryl Williams as their starting tackles, but the team has focused on fortifying the offensive line this draft, with Buffalo selecting Northern Iowa offensive tackle Spencer Brown in the third round on Friday night before choosing Doyle with the 17th pick of the fifth round this afternoon.
Doyle is the first RedHawk drafted since kicker Sam Sloman was snatched by the Los Angeles Rams in the final 10 picks of 2020. As a fifth-round selection, he is the earliest Miami alum selected since Quinten Rollins was a second-round pick in 2015 for the Green Bay Packers.
For our full draft profile on Tommy Doyle, click here.