The Miami Dolphins need wide receiver help and the draft will provide it.
Having to pass on the top wide receivers wasn’t easy. The top three receivers all appear set to take the NFL by storm. Grabbing Bateman at 18 helps ease the angst though. At 6’2″ and 210 pounds, Bateman has the characteristics to be a true #1 WR.
He doesn’t have the ‘savvy’ of Smith or the explosiveness of Chase and Waddle but he has the one trait that is most important for the Dolphins; he simply ‘gets open’. That is something that none of the receivers currently on the Dolphins roster can say.
How does he fit?
Bateman can be moved all over the field in Miami. He played mostly outside in Minnesota but he’s perfectly capable of motioning into the slot and becoming a matchup nightmare for nickel corners. Think of a more explosive Jarvis Landry. Bateman’s presence on the field makes Devante Parker and Preston Williams better, meanwhile, their presence as big wide receivers will create holes in the middle of the field. Finally, in his rookie season, Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa showed a reluctance to throw with anticipation and Bateman will create the kind of separation that Parker and Williams don’t.