Jan 3, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Clemson Tigers wide receiver Sammy Watkins (2) reacts before kick off against Ohio State Buckeyes in the 2014 Orange Bowl college football game at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Dolphins Draft Preview: WR’s


Inching closer the draft is as Yoda would say.  Mmmmm, closer it is.  With twenty days still left on the calendar before the first round kicks off on May 8th there is still plenty of speculation floating around about what teams might do.  Including the Miami Dolphins.  While trade up and down talk hasn’t really reached a fever pitch quite yet, as the weeks creep by expect more talk about that very thing.  Whether or not new GM Dennis Hickey views it as an option is another question entirely.

With all the formalities out of the way it’s time to look at another position.  WR’s.  The Dolphins don’t really “need” a WR especially not early in the draft but if there is one thing we do know about Hickey is that he comes from a franchise that put high value on the position.  In Miami a crowded corp may not give Hickey a reason to add a wide-out until after the draft is over.

While Brian Hartline is recovering from injury and Brandon Gibson is still a question mark to make the opener, despite what he says, the Dolphins have an expensive Mike Wallace who needs to get more involved and frankly has a contract that borders on untradeable.  Last year the Dolphins relied on Rishard Mathews, a sophomore project who stepped in for an injured Gibson well.  Armon Binns has been retained another season and he too is coming off a season ending injury.  His suffered before the season started.

The Dolphins have been looking at WR’s both in pro-day showcases and private workouts.  It’s not a bad thing to have a fall back plan in case your plans don’t work out but drafting a WR won’t help this team win now.  Unless of course he starts.

This year five WR’s are projected to be first round possibilities.  Sammy Watkins of Clemson is the number one WR consensus and some have him projected to go as high as number three or four.  Mike Evans of Texas A&M and Marqise Lee of USC are the next two in line and both figure to receive long looks in the mid-first round.  That being said, a couple of teams like the Cleveland Browns who need WR help are also needing help at the position to get the ball to the WR.

The NFL has become a passing game and WR’s are at a premium which doesn’t hurt their stock.  Still it’s very possible that three WR’s go in round one and two others find themselves dropping into early round two.  Kelvin Benjamin of Florida State and Brandin Cooks of Oregon are two of those WR’s who may not hear their names called on night one.

Miami Dolphins:  The Dolphins could use a top WR especially if Hickey views this as Mike Wallace’s last season with the team.  Wallace came nowhere close to matching his talent on the field with his contract off of it.  That being said the Dolphins don’t have a “need” at the position and they have several other positions that do indeed need addressing.  If the Dolphins look at WR I believe they would do so later in the draft on day three.

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  • Patrick Keegan

    Why not a TE who runs routes and catches like a wr. Maybe Amaro or Ebron, shoot even Nicklas or Lyreila if hes still available. We already have 2 decent wrs. More weapons the better. I have my doubts about Benjamin even though he is what we need, big guy in the redzone. Moncrief is looking better and better. Maybe Coleman in the latter rounds.
    If we are going with Tannehill, then give him all the weapons to produce. Lets scare def. Cordinators all season long! Fins Up !

  • Robert

    Wallace – didn’t perform up to his contract? Huh? You mean Tannehill couldn’t get him the ball, he was blowing by defenses just fine. Tannehill rope should be short this year if he cannot hit the open man on the deep ball.

    • James

      With a line that didn’t block for shit how could he get a ball out when he was on his back? Yes there where times he could have got a pass off or over throwed Wallace! Yet there where times Wallace did not even try to get the ball to!! I think w a new OC and line that blocks we will see a better year!

  • Johnny

    Need a Brandon Marshall size WR..
    6’4, 230… Give RT17 a bigger target!!! Even TE Clay is small for TEs (6’3) and all of our WRs average 6ft.. Maybe Binns?? He was having a great camp before tearing his ACL…

    • James

      Hell ya! We def need a freak that can be are red zone guy!

    • Miami Jules (Julian)

      I love Binns… let’s not forget Spadola, whom the Phins signed last year from the Jets practice squad. I’ll direct message you on FB, with a couple of videos. one of someone I’ll have on my mock & the other two of someone Miami has visited with and is projected to be a UFA.

      • Johnny

        Like that WR from Rutgers… Coleman.. Maybe a 4th or 5th rounder… Mayock is calling him a 3rd rounder tho.. For a 6’6 he runs smooth.. ran like a 4.57 40.. Runs pretty good routes.. Put on a few pounds without losing his quickness.. Now your talking about NFL WR / Redzone Target… And on a side note.. Miami and a few other teams went up to Jersey to see him..
        I don’t believe any if the 1st round WR visits… I even think they will throw other teams off… It’s obvious Miami is NOT picking a WR in the 1st round…

  • tpl

    I figure miami won’t draft a WR unless a good one falls in the draft. Though miami will bring in a slew of UDFA WRs and just maybe one sticks.

    • Rik

      Maybe in the late rounds they’ll draft one? Hopefully find a gem along the lines of Colston

  • Patrick Keegan

    We could even runa play with Moore at qb with Wallace and Hartline on the outside. Gibson in the slot or in the backfield and Tannehill lined up in bunch formation. That would be crazy to see. Since he was a Wr at A and M for a while. Pulling out all the stops!

  • Patrick Keegan

    Gosh I miss football!

  • Kosta

    I loved Keenan Allen last year for the Dolphins and I was not shy to post about the whole pre draft. This year’s gem at wide out is Allen Robinson from Penn State. He would be A Dolphins starter by week 5 or 6 and be the number one by week 10 and be a offensive rookie of the year candidate. This guy’s the really deal! He has great great hands and his athletic ability is as great as anyone in this draft, if not more.
    A beast for a wide receiver; aka Brandon Marshall. Let’s not the go through this again and miss another superstar.
    Go Phins.