You probably have never heard of Chad Bumphis, WR out of Mississippi State. But if if you have heard of him, you are probably as impressed with him as I am. No, Bumphis was not drafted in April, but the Fins did pick him up as a un-drafted rookie free agent, and I am thrilled they did! I think Bumphis has the ability to make the Miami Dolphins’ roster as the sixth receiver (assuming they take six) or at least make the practice squad.
Bumphis is definitely a slot receiver, but a unique one at that. For one, he has a bigger build than most slot receivers, listed at 5′ 10”, 196 lbs. However, one thing Bumphis is praised for is his quickness and toughness. He will not run out of bounds like we saw Bess do a few times last year ; he will lower his shoulder and try to run through anyone, picking up more yards at the end of the play. Bumphis has incredible hands and is extremely dynamic in the open field, and does especially well working the middle of the field. Last year for MSU, Bumphis had 58 catches, 922 yards, and 12 TD’s in the defensively stout SEC. His 12 TDS were the most in the SEC.
Along with being an exciting, hard-nosed receiver, Bumphis is an electric return man, a spot that Miami will need to fill with Bess’ absence (Bess mainly returned punts). I am by no means saying Bumphis is the next great Dolphins receiver, but he is an interesting prospect who is worth a shot.
Here are some of Bumphis’ highlights from last season at MSU.