The Miami Dolphins are entering the free agency period and the NFL draft with obvious holes at the wide receiver spot. They may have found their franchise quarterback in Ryan Tannehill, but with a bunch of no-name guys on the outside, the Dolphins are searching anywhere they can to find playmakers to help out the young signal-caller.
This weakness will either be addressed through free agency, the draft or both. Miami is a team that will keep all of its options open and eventually make the move that seems the best to help the offense move forward.
If it is the draft where the Dolphins look to make a splash at the position, there are plenty of big names such as Cordarrelle Patterson, Tavon Austin and Keenan Allen. But as we should know by now, drafts are all about value, and there are plenty of talented players that Miami could snag at a much cheaper price.
We have heard some of the marquee players this draft has to offer, but here are some of the wide receivers that could provide that same impact for the Miami Dolphins come April.
The Dolphins are looking to add speed to the position—somebody who can stretch the field and actually scare the opposing defense of getting beat deep. This is the reason Mike Wallace has come up multiple times in the rumor mill.
No, Ace Sanders hasn't proven himself to be as good as Wallace, but he would certainly come a lot cheaper. He would also bring a lot of the same things to the table that have made Wallace a popular name the last couple of years.
Sanders is one of the more dynamic players in this draft. He could not only help at the receiver position, but could also contribute right away on special teams. Despite his small frame at 5'7", he is a quick receiver who has the ability to beat his guy off the line and make guys miss in the open field.
His lateral agility and foot quickness are elite status, and that allows him to do most of his damage after the catch.
Sanders will never be a true No. 1 receiver, but he does bring the speed to the table that this offense is desperately looking for. The former South Carolina star could also be the future at the slot position with Miami likely separating from Davone Bess sooner than later.
The Dolphins are looking for playmakers, and Sanders fits the bill.
Aaron Dobson is a receiver that I love heading into April—not a huge name, somebody you can get in the middle rounds, but someone who has extreme upside. If you are familiar with Dobson, you have probably seen this catch a few times. If you aren't, make sure to click the link. Believe me, you won't be disappointed.
Miami wants that prototypical big receiver that has the ability to lock down the outside. Dobson stands in at 6'3" and obviously has the big and strong hands to haul in the football. He adjusts to the ball well in the air and can use his lengthy body to go up and get it with the best of them.
He isn't as fast as you would like a potential No. 1 receiver to be, but he is a solid route-runner and would pose matchup problems for smaller corners at the next level.
Dobson is really a receiver that does a little bit of everything well, but doesn't exactly shine at one particular thing. Similar to those receivers for the Green Bay Packers, head coach Joe Philbin should see a lot of similarities in the guys he used to coach.
The only downfall for Dobson is that he played against subpar competition in the C-USA. Still, with his frame and upside, it would be worth the risk to spend a mid-round selection on this underrated receiver.
Before we get into the good stuff about Marquess Wilson, there are question marks with him. The way he finished his collegiate career wasn't exactly the best way to handle things and will scare a few NFL teams away.
However, sometimes you have to present players with a second chance, especially when the talent level is clearly there to be a productive player.
Like Dodson, Wilson has the height at 6'3" to be that outside receiver for the Dolphins. As you can clearly see in the picture, he also does a tremendous job of high pointing the football and can make those difficult catches seem rather easy.
Another thing that stands out with Wilson is his agility and acceleration in and out of his cuts. Not the fastest receiver in this draft, he did finish second in the three-cone drill at this year’s combine for wide receivers. This shows that he does have the quickness and ability to be a possession receiver that can help move the chains.
Wilson isn't a burner and may not have as high of a ceiling as some of the other guys in this draft, but he can make the tough catches and become a solid red-zone threat for this offense.
Considering his draft stock isn't exactly high, this is somebody who could come cheap and be one of the steals of this year’s class.
Matt Miller likes Tavarres King as a potential sleeper at the receiver position and even compares him to Baltimore Ravens' Torrey Smith.
Seriously, Dolphins fans, would you really turn down that explosive receiver at the moment? I think not.
King was never a brilliant receiver for the Georgia Bulldogs, but great numbers at the college level should have little to do with upside when making the transition to the next level. This is someone who gets off the line quickly and can beat press coverage. His 4.47 speed at the combine also shows that he has enough straight-line speed to get down the field and beat defenses over the top.
He doesn't have great size at 6'0", 189 pounds, but he is a solid route-runner and could develop into a nice No. 2 option at the next level.
Again, Miami needs speed at the receiver position and King can bring that to the table. The downside is that he has had issues of dropping the football throughout his career at Georgia, which is one of the main reasons he isn't particularly high on NFL draft boards.
But with the chance to secure a deep threat with one of the later picks, King may be an option that is too good to pass up. This would be a low risk with a high reward if the Miami Dolphins were to pull the trigger.
The more and more I think about it, seeing Ryan Swope in aqua and white makes more sense than ever. It's almost as if this would be a perfect fit for both parties involved.
First off, Swope is a receiver who played for Texas A&M. This is the same place where current offensive coordinator Mike Sherman came from and quarterback Ryan Tannehill played his college ball. When those two played on the same team in 2011, Swope finished with 89 receptions, 1,207 yards and 11 touchdowns, his best college season of his career.
Adding Swope would reunite these three guys and should help result in an effortless transition, meaning immediate production.
As far as the skill set is concerned, Swope surprisingly ran a 4.34 at the combine, which was the same time as speedster Tavon Austin.
Need speed? He proved he can get the job done.
Swope was a productive player throughout his entire career at Texas A&M and has proven to be sure-handed and a tough-nosed player who fights for extra yardage. He also is somebody who keeps his mouth shut and goes about his business—something you have to love from this position.
With an impressive combine, the value for Swope has been bumped up a bit, meaning Miami may have to reach if it really wants this guy. But even with an earlier selection, it just wouldn't make sense not to bring him along to improve this offense moving forward.