2006 Draft Preview: Wide receivers

As the 2006 NFL draft gets closer, we present a complete preview, including the Dolphins' needs and possible picks, as well as the top prospects. We continue with a look at the wide receiver position.

How the Dolphins stack up at the position

The Dolphins have had issues at this position for quite a while now, and the acquisition of David Boston a couple of years ago did nothing to solve that because the former Pro Bowl selection never was able to get on the field consistently. So the Dolphins again find themselves with little depth at the position. Chris Chambers is coming off his first Pro Bowl season and Marty Booker is a solid starter on the other side, but there's practically no proven depth beyond those two. Wes Welker is a good player to have on the team because he's a good punt returner and he has proven reliable as a receiver, but he's probably nobody's ideal No. 3 receiver. Kelly Campbell had a nice yards-per-carry average for Minnesota a couple of years back, but he's also not a proven commodity and he also was out of the league last season because of off-the-field issues. The rest of the wideout corps is made up of unknown youngsters: Jason Willis, Chris Davis, Fred Gibson and Cliff Russell.

Dolphins' last pick at the position: J.R. Tolver, Round 5, 2003

Potential Dolphins pick(s) at the position

This is one position where we definitely think the Dolphins will be spending a draft pick this year, and very possibly a high draft pick. We're thinking the Dolphins would be hard-pressed to bypass either Santonio Holmes from Ohio State or Chad Jackson from Florida if either is on the board at No. 16. If the Dolphins wait until the third of fourth round to take a wide receiver, names to remember include Jason Avant from Michigan, Demetrius Williams from Oregon and Martin Nance from Miami of Ohio.

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