It has still only been a few days since the culmination of this year’s draft, and my head is still spinning. I frequently review the picks Miami Dolphins made these past days, and I am left wondering if this draft was a complete letdown or a blueprint for success. It takes me a few minutes to remember that we won’t know the answer to that question for multiple seasons to come, as no player from this year’s draft has played a single down with their respective team. While I would certainly like to comment and evaluate every pick GM Dennis Hickey (and apparently HC Joe Philbin) made this year, I will focus on just one. That pick is LSU’s WR Jarvis Landry, the 63rd overall selection of this year’s draft and my favorite new member of the Miami Dolphins.
Regardless of the other pick’s Hickey/Philbin orchestrated, I think they hit the nail on the head with Landry. I believe with time he will be Brian Hartline or Brandon Gibson’s replacement. Last season, Landry was LSU’s leading receiver (ahead of Odell Beckham Jr.) with 77 receptions, 1193 yards (15.5 avg) and 10 TD’s. He won’t blow you away with his speed, though he does run a 4.53 forty-yard dash at his pro day. At 6 feet 195 pounds, Landry is versatile enough to play anywhere on the field, whether it is spread out wide or in the slot.
Landry won’t beat you on the deep ball, but he will beat you by running crisp routes and using agility to gain separation. Many analysts said Landry had the best hands out of every receiver in the draft, and Landry makes up for his lack of size by going up to get the ball at its highest point. He should compete for playing time, and with more experience, should become a starter and a go-to for QB Ryan Tannehill. He provides depth at a position that was riddled by injuries last season.
Don’t believe me? Check out his highlight tape. Landry goes after every single ball with a hunger and confidence that no current Dolphins receiver possesses. He is special and will be an instant playmaker, and to that I say way to go Dennis Hickey and Joe Philbin.