Just prior to the 2012 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins parted ways with veteran WR Brandon Marshall. This created a position of need to fill either via free agency or the draft. Soon after the divorce from Marshall, the Dolphins picked up via free agency Legedu Naanee, who spent four years with the Chargers and last year with the Panthers. Career-wise, Naanee tallied 107 receptions for 1,212 yards (11.3 yards per reception) and 4 TDs. His numbers in 69 games over five seasons are like one season for Brandon Marshall — Naanee hardly seems to fill the void.
So, it seemed obvious to many that Jeff Ireland would use a high draft pick in the 2012 NFL Draft on a WR. What seemed obvious did not happen. Instead, Ireland used a 6th and a 7th round pick to select two WRs. So, what about the Dolphins’ 2012 Draft Picks at Wide Receiver? And, what about the two undrafted free agent rookies (UFARs) at WR that were acquired by the Dolphins immediately subsequent to the draft? Could they possibly fill the void?
As the 2012 NFL Draft unfolded, I personally thought that after selecting a QB (1st round), an OT (2nd round), and then a DE (3rd round), Ireland would select a WR with the Dolphins’ additional 3rd round pick received as compensation for Marshall. Mohammed Sanu (WR – Rutgers) and T.Y. Hilton (WR – Florida Atlantic) were available at the time. Instead, Ireland selected Michael Egnew (6’6″ and 245 pound TE – Missouri) with the 15th pick of the third round (78th selection overall).