With the 2009 NFL draft only days away, we offer our extensive position-by-position breakdown. Each report includes an analysis of the Dolphins' status at the position, the likelihood of a draft pick being spent at the position, a look at which prospects the Dolphins have worked out or visited with, a list of the top prospects, and the sleepers. We continue with the wide receivers.
Where the Dolphins stand:
Little has changed since last offseason when it comes to the wide receiver position. It was a major need then, it's a major need now. It was telling that GM Jeff Ireland hesitated in his pre-draft press conference in pointing out a true No. 1 receiver on this team. Is it Ted Ginn
Jr.? Is it Greg Camarillo
? As the ninth overall pick just two years ago, Ginn should be that guy, but he's clearly not reached that level yet and it's debatable whether he ever will. Camarillo is a reliable, productive receiver, but he's not a No. 1 guy. Same goes for Davone Bess
. Ernest Wilford
was a flop as a free agent last year, but even if he hadn't been, he's also not a No. 1-type receiver. The other receivers on the roster are Brandon London
, Anthony Armstrong
and Todd Lowber
. This is a group clearly in need of an upgrade.
Likelihood of the Dolphins using a pick at the position: Try almost certain. The only questions, really, are how early in the draft the Dolphins will pick a wideout and whether they'll pick more than one.
The top prospects: 1. Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech; 2. Jeremy Maclin, Missouri; 3. Darrius Heyward-Bey, Maryland; 4. Percy Harvin, Florida; 5. Kenny Britt, Rutgers; 6. Hakeem Nicks, North Carolina; 7. Brian Robiskie, Ohio State; 8. Juaquin Iglesias, Oklahoma; 9. Mike Thomas, Arizona; 10. Derrick Williams, Penn State
Summary: Not one wide receiver was picked in the first round last year, but that won't be the case in 2009. There are a couple of special guys at the top of this class, but the Dolphins sadly won't get a shot at either Crabtree or Maclin unless they trade up in the first round. There's a clear drop-off after those two, but there's also a lot of depth at the position, which is why the Dolphins might be able to skip a wide receiver at No. 25 in favor of another position (say, cornerback) and get a comparable prospect in the second round, either at No. 44 or No. 56. The second tier of wide receiver prospects includes sure-handed Hakeem Nicks, talented but underachieving Kenny Britt and fast-rising Brian Robiskie.
Sleepers: Johnny Knox, Abilene Christian; Ramses Barden, Cal Poly