Draft Pick Analysis: WR Rishard Matthews

What kind of players did the Dolphins get in the 2012 NFL draft? We break down each selection, looking at their college career and examining how they could fit into the team's plans. This installment looks at seventh-round pick Rishard Matthews.

Selected: Round 7, 227th overall

Size: 6-0, 217

College highlights: Matthews spent two seasons at Nevada after transferring from Bakersfield College and put up some impressive numbers, particularly in 2011. Matthews caught 91 passes for 1,364 yards and eight touchdowns. Matthews also had a punt return for a touchdown in both 2010 and 2011, as well as two rushing touchdowns in 2010. He was a first-team All-WAC selection last year.

Personal info: Matthews spent time at five different high schools and college. ... His father is a retired Marine Corps master sergeant. ... Physical Education major at Nevada. ... Born Rishard Andrew Matthews on Oct. 12, 1989.

How he fits in: Matthews is the same type of receiver as B.J. Cunningham, meaning he's a good fit for the West Coast offense. The one difference with Cunningham is that Matthews also could help out as a punt returner. As a seventh-round pick, Matthews will have to fight to make the roster, but his versatility and physical attributes should give him a chance.

What he said: "I'm a guy that watches football year in and year out. I admire all the great players, especially receivers. As long as you do good to represent the league on and off the field, I admire you."

What Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland said: "We had a good grade on his young man and he's one of those receivers who plays a lot bigger than he is. ... He can run well. He catches the ball as good as anybody."


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