It's no secret that Miami will be attacking the WR position early, and possibly often, in the draft. While it's unlikely that Miami takes a receiver in the top 10, it would probably be a surprise to everyone if they didn't use one of their three Day 2 selections on one.
Here's how the Day 2 WR's who fit Philbin's offense rank, in my eyes...
1. Marvin Jones, Cal - Jones is very close to cracking my man crush list. He fights the ball a little bit at times and will drop some easy passes, but Jones is usually a very sure handed WR capable of making catches away from his body consistently. Marvin is a little raw, but has a lot of speed, quickness and agility to work with. I think he fits Miami's West Coast offense perfectly; he can separate on in-breaking routes, has experience on the outside and in the slot, makes plays after the catch, is a threat on the bubble screen, and has the speed to be a threat vertically. Jones would be a fantastic pick in the 3rd round.
2. AJ Jenkins, Illinois - Jenkins is another favorite of mine. Despite having small hands, Jenkins catches everything. He's very agile, has great quickness off the line (although lacks physicality), great speed (timed in at 4.39 at the combine), can make plays after the catch and had an incredibly high level of production despite poor QB play. Jenkins is an under-the-radar guy right now, but could go higher than most think. I think he's a 2nd round pick at the end of the day.
3. Chris Givens, Wake Forest - Givens has extremely small hands, but like Jenkins finds a way to catch everything. Givens plays bigger than his 5'11, 198 frame, making tough plays over the middle and has the ability to make plays in the air as well. He's very good after the catch, has very good speed and gets off of press coverage well. I like Givens a lot.
4. Marvin McNutt, Iowa - The Dolphins will have a lot of information on McNutt, given the Iowa connection; Kirk Ferentz and Joe Philbin have a strong relationship, but probably more significantly Ken O'Keefe, Miami's new WR coach, was Iowa's Offensive Coordinator last season. McNutt has good size, enough speed to run the whole tree, good separation skills and very good hands. He'd be a solid pick-up in the 3rd round and would be our Jordy Nelson.
5. Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma - Had Broyles entered the draft a year ago he would have likely been a first round selection. After tearing his ACL in November, Broyles stock has plummeted and will likely be a late 3rd round pick at best, (if he blows people away in his private workout coming up later this month). That said, if Broyles proves he's healthy he would be a steal for Miami that late. He's extremely quick, can play on the outside or in the slot, has great hands and makes plays after the catch. Broyles fits the offense perfectly and is potentially one of the draft's steals at the position.
The Dolphins have shown a lot of interest in a couple of guys I didn't mention. One is local UM standout Tommy Streeter who, while extremely talented, doesn't fit the offense very well. He's a one trick pony and a very raw one. I don't see him being an option. The second is Rutgers star Mohamed Sanu. While most feel he fits the offense as well as anybody available, I'm not a fan of his. I don't see any quickness in and out of breaks and don't see any after the catch ability either. I just don't see it in him. He's my Daniel Thomas for the 2012 draft.
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