2009 Draft Countdown: Wide Receivers

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

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