Dolphins’ Pre-Draft Position Breakdown: Wide Receivers
With the NFL Draft less than three weeks away, it won’t be long before the Miami Dolphins are “on the clock”. After a 10-6 season that saw the team reach the playoffs for the first time since 2008, the Dolphins are looking to add pieces to help them get back there.
As the 2017 NFL Draft in Philadelphia nears, we continue a series that takes a look at each position for the Dolphins and how that might affect what Miami does in the draft. The draft will be held from April 27-29.
After starting in the backfield, we move out wide and take a look at the receiver position:
Dolphins’ Picks by Round
Round 1: No. 22
Round 2: No. 54
Round 3: No. 97 (Compensatory)
Round 5: No. 166, No. 178 (Compensatory) and No. 184 (Compensatory)
Round 7: No. 223 (from Los Angeles)
Projected Starter(s): Javris Landry, DeVante Parker, Kenny Stills
Miami’s trio at wide receiver is probably one of the best in the AFC. Jarvis Landry has made multiple Pro Bowls while DeVante Parker has made strides over his first two years. Last season, Kenny Stills emerged as a deep threat with a team-high nine touchdown catches. Re-signing Stills was one of the biggest moves of the offseason. The trio may be excellent, but the problem is there is very little depth.
Notable Depth: Leonte Carroo
A third-round pick out of Rutgers last year, Leonte Carroo finished with just three catches for 29 yards and a touchdown. The hope is that he becomes a bigger part of the offense in 2017.
Last Three Picks at Position
Leonte Carroo: Round 3, No. 86 overall in 2016
Jakeem Grant: Round 6, No. 186 overall in 2016
DeVante Parker: Round 1, No. 14 overall in 2015
Draft Probability: Moderate
Although Miami has drafted three receivers over the last two seasons and have all of them still on the roster, the Dolphins are still thin at the position outside of their big three. Outside of Landry, Parker and Stills, Carroo was the only other receiver to catch a pass and he had just three. Don’t expect the Dolphins to pick a receiver in the first round, but it could be a possibility in the second, third or beyond.
Mike Ferguson is a sports writer and reporter for several publications and the Pro Football Spot lead writer for the Miami Dolphins. Follow Mike on Twitter @MikeWFerguson