Giving a letter grade to every Miami Dolphins 2022 Draft Pick

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#125 Erik Ezukanma, Texas Tech: B-

This grade maybe a tiny bit high, but hear me out. At first, I was a little bit skeptical when the Dolphins made this selection, mainly because I thought there were more positions of need than wide receiver. But after looking back at the past three seasons where the Dolphins’ receiver room got ravished with injuries, I realized that you can never have enough wideouts.

Isaiah Ford, Albert Wilson, and Jakeem Grant all were asked to contribute heavy production at times in recent memory and let me just say, it didn’t work out too well. It’s no slight to any of those players, they have their use in specific roles, but they should never be the #2, or #3 wide receiver on the field at any point. So ultimately, that’s how I justified this pick being a receiver.

Now after giving some insight on why selecting a receiver was ok, how about the intrigue of Erik Ezukanma? I know some Dolphins fans hate the “Deebol Samuel” comparison, but let me just flat out say it, Ezukanma has some Deebo in him. Maybe not as much raw talent as Samuel, but the versatility and YAC skills remind me a lot of Deebo’s game. Ezukanma ran the wildcat and jet-sweeps at Texas Tech, and you can’t tell me that didn’t give Mike McDaniel some cool plays he could utilize Ezukanma in.

By no means is he a finished product, but the size, versatility, and skill after the catch is something to be excited about. Ezukanma will likely compete with Preston Williams for the primary big-bodied receiver in the Dolphins’ offense this season. If he can’t beat him out, he’ll contribute on special teams and serve as good depth which the Dolphins haven’t had in years.