NFL: Looking Forward, Miami Dolphins 2010 Draft Needs (Dez Bryant)

Daniel ZylberkanCorrespondent IDecember 23, 2009

STILLWATER, OK - SEPTEMBER 5:  Runningback Brandon Boykin #2 of the Georgia Bulldogs dives for the ball for the ball as Dez Bryant #1 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys cannot make the pass during the third quarter of the game at Boone Pickens Stadium on September 5, 2009 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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When talking about sports, my emphasis is always forward looking, I wouldn't be one of the Cubs fans blaming everything on Steve Bartman or Billy Sianis (the Billy Goat guy).

I would focus on what the Tribune Co. and more importantly the lack thereof will do to my team.

I hate revisionist history, "if we coulda gotten a couple more breaks" talk or riding on past glory, looking at ya Notre Dame fans, but I digress on my little spiel.

Now to tackle the matter at hand, the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins have had above average teams in 2008 and 2009.

A 7-7 record might seem mediocre, but there's lots of extenuating circumstances to explain that .500 record, the loss of a starting quarterback and the fact that his replacement is a second year player with no experience.

Chad Henne has a lot of upside, his cannon arm, his pocket presence and he's an above average "field general."

But what he's lacked this year, what Pennington was missing last year and what the Dolphins hadn't had since the Dan Marino era is a true No. 1 wide-receiver in the mold of Terrell Owens or Andre Johnson.

Chris Chambers was an attempt at trying to lock up that premier franchise Wide-Out.
He's a good receiver but not in the same class as the Reggie Waynes of the world.

In his tenure in Miami, Chambers had only one season with a 1,000 or more yards and only two with more than 10 Touchdowns.

Sure, Gus Frerotte, AJ Feely and Brian Griese might have had something to do with that. But my point still stands, Chambers never lived up to what Dolphins fans thought he was going to be.

The Dolphins need to pick up a franchise Wide Receiver in this Draft, somebody to supplement the "stellar" group of Devon Bess, Greg Caramillo and the amazing Ted Ginn Jr.

Brian Hartline, honestly does anybody know who Brian Hartline is? Led the Dolphins in receptions and yards in last Sunday's game.

The 2010 NFL Draft is an opportunity for the Dolphins to fix this major problem in their offense, Ronnie and Ricky, the offensive line, Henne like I said is inexperienced and just needs some polishing to become a legitimate NFL Quarterback.

The Wildcat offense, Pat White and the ever changing backfield are all positives for the Dolphins.

The most impressive Wide Receiver I've seen recently in the College ranks is definitely Dez Bryant. He had an amazing "Heisman quality" season for a Wide Receiver in 2008 and if it wasn't for his suspension earlier this year, he was on pace for a another really impressive season. 

I hate to sound like Hubie Brown, wrong sport but it still applies, he has such tremendous upside potential ;-)

That I can barely keep my mouth closed when I see his highlight clips on YouTube and from the couple of Oklahoma State games I've seen the past couple of years on TV, he's come up huge. He reminds me of Andre Johnson with better hands and little better vertical leap.

A legitimate first option at Wide Receiver makes the life of any Quarterback, especially a young one, so much easier. He'll probably be open and if you throw the ball in his direction you know he'll catch it, especially in Bryant's case.

Acquiring Bryant or another top receiver should be a priority for the Dolphins in next year's draft. It would assure the future of the Dolphins as a perennial Playoff contender.