2007 Draft Preview: WR Watch

The Dolphins got use some help pretty much everywhere on offense, and that includes at wide receiver where the offseason loss of Wes Welker hurt the team's depth at the position. Besides, even before Welker left, the Dolphins still were a team in need of a deep threat. So logic would seem to dictate the selection of a receiver in the draft, possibly even fairly early.

Of course, the Dolphins did that last year when they selected Arizona State's Derek Hagan in the third round, but Hagan needs to pick up his game after dropping too many passes as a rookie and he's not a burner to begin with.

Ideally, the Dolphins would get themselves a receivers with returning ability because Welker will have to be replaced in that area as well.

As of Wednesday, the receivers on the roster were starters Chris Chambers and Marty Booker, along with Hagan, Marcus Vick, P.K. Sam and recently signed Az-Zahir Hakim and Kelly Campbell.

Hakim and Campbell have experience returning kicks, but it's questionable how much they can help at wide receiver.

Here are a few wideouts who could help the Dolphins, including the three they have visited or worked out -- Tennessee's Robert Meachem, Ohio State's Ted Ginn Jr. and Virginia Tech's David Clowney.

Ted Ginn Jr.: Ginn once was considered a possibility for the Dolphins at No. 9 in the first round, but now the thinking is that he's more likely to go around No. 20. What happened? Nothing other than Ginn has a leg injury, which he sustained in the BCS Championship Game loss to Florida. It seems silly to us to drop a guy for an injury that likely won't be a factor come training camp or the regular season. Rather, the issue we have with Ginn is he's a lot more athlete than he is wide receiver and we don't think he's worth the No. 9 pick. But if the Dolphins trade down in the first round, we'd have no problem with Ginn being selected.

Robert Meachem: While Ginn is dropping, Meachem's stock is rising and rising considerably. He has great size and some good speed and figures to go in the 15-20 range.

David Clowney: Clowney is a track athlete who had a modest career at V-Tech. He's got decent size but a small frame and will have problems with physical cornerbacks. Clowney is seen as a third- or fourth-round pick, but his ability to return kickoffs could make him interesting.

Yamon Figurs, Kansas State: Figurs was the fastest wide receiver at the combine and he's got specialist written all over him. Figurs has a thin frame, but he's got loads of speed and his kick return ability will get him drafted. He might be a good pick for the Dolphins in the fourth-round area or the fifth round if the Dolphins pick up additional draft choices.

Johnnie Lee Higgins, UTEP: Here's another wideout with kick return ability. Higgins, like Figurs, has tremendous speed and he could help as a wide receiver, although his route-runnning needs work. Higgins is expected to go in the second or third round and might be worth a look for the Dolphins.

Jacoby Jones, Lane (Tenn.): Jones is one of the top small-school prospects, thanks to a solid production at Lane, which included four kickoffs and one punt returned for touchdowns. Unless they trade for additional picks, the Dolphins will have to use one of their five picks in the first four rounds to get Jones.


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