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NDIANAPOLIS – There's no reason for the Miami Dolphins to emerge from this year's draft without a play-making wide receiver.
Because while this class doesn't have the high-profile, superstar game-changers that will go among the first 10 picks, it's full of big, fast guys – Cal's Keenan Allen, Tennessee's Cordarrelle Patterson, Louisiana Tech's Quinton Patton, Baylor's Terrance Williams, for example -- who almost break the mold for the position.
Their showing during workouts at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis confirmed Miami can get such a game-breaking player in the second or third rounds.
I was at the weigh-ins here and I was looking at the receivers and I was just thinking to myself how much bigger these guys really are," Kansas City general manager John Dorsey said. "There were a lot of guys between the 210- and 220-(pound) range this year and you normally don't see that."
The Dolphins have the 12th pick of the first round, two picks in the second round (Nos. 42 and 54) and two picks in the third round (Nos. 77 and 82). They've said their top need is playmakers, but specifically they really need playmaking wide receivers.
"Obviously with the new rules and the way it is, you need guys that can make big plays," Denver executive John Elway said.
Allen (6-2, 206), who has a knee ailment, didn't run the 40-yard dash at the Combine. But his stock remains pretty solid.
Patton (6-0, 204, 4.53) had 79 receptions for 1,202 yards and 11 touchdowns last season. Patterson (6-2, 216, 4.4), who also dabbled kickoff returner and running back, had 46 receptions for 778 yards and five touchdowns. Williams (6-2, 208, 4.5) had 97 receptions for 1,832 yards and 12 touchdowns. Clemson's DeAndre Hopkins (6-1, 214, 4.5) had 82 receptions for 1,405 yards and 18 touchdowns. They remain possibilities for Miami as big, physical game changers.
West Virginia's Stedman Bailey (5-10, 193, 4.52 second 40-yard dash) doesn't have head-turning size or speed, the Miramar High School product has proven his playmaking ability. Last season he had 72 receptions for 1,279 yards and 12 touchdowns.
"What I hear, time and time again, 'He's only 5-10, and he's probably not going to do that in the NFL against bigger corners,' " Bailey said. "I feel like if I was 6-3, 6-2 or anything over 6-foot, with the numbers I put up, I'd probably be the No. 1 receiver. But that's not the case."
The same is true for diminutive West Virginia speedster Tavon Austin (5-8, 174). He ran a 4.34-second 40-yard dash, the fastest by a wide receiver at this year's Combine.
USC's Robert Woods (6-0, 201, 4.5) could have what Miami needs as a playmaker. Last season he had 76 receptions for 876 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Tennessee's Justin Hunter (6-4, 196, 4.4) could be another draft target for Miami. The Vols, in fact, have tremendous wide receiver representation among Patterson, Hunter and Tennessee Tech's Da'Rick Rodgers (6-2, 217, 4.5), who transferred from Tennessee.
The Dolphins have to fix their deficiency at wide receiver, and the Combine showed this remains a good draft for difference-making wide receivers.
"You're always looking for guys that can break a game open," Elway said. "With where the game is going, those wide receivers are that important."
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