A closer look at the areas the Miami Dolphins could address in the draft. On Wednesday we look at the receiver position, which is scheduled to work out Saturday in Indianapolis.
Position of need: Change is coming for the Dolphins at the receiver position. Miami was ranked 17th in passing with 233.1 yards per game last season, and the immediate futures of several veterans are in question. Starting receiver Brian Hartline and slot Brandon Gibson could be salary-cap casualties due to their $5.95 million and $3.26 million salaries, respectively. The Dolphins must also decide what to do with No. 1 receiver Mike Wallace, who is due $9.9 million. Wallace was benched in the second half of Miami’s Week 17 loss to the New York Jets due to venting his frustration. It remains to be seen if both sides stay together or part ways. Either way, the Dolphins need to have a strong group of receivers around quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who is entering his fourth season.
Three players the Dolphins could target in the draft:
Kevin White (WR), West Virginia: White's production was off the charts. He had 109 receptions, 1,447 yards and 10 touchdowns last season for the Mountaineers. White is a good fit for the Dolphins' offense. He has good ball skills and also is good at breaking tackles after the catch, which is very valuable in offensive coordinator Bill Lazor's system. White can solidify his standing as one of the top receivers in this draft class with a strong performance at the combine.
Devante Parker (WR), Louisville: Parker's numbers took a hit last season because he battled injuries. But scouts remain very high on him because of Parker’s physical tools and competitiveness. At this stage, it’s hard to separate White and Parker. It really depends on what teams are looking for. I give White the edge because of his consistency and production. But the Dolphins could be watching both players very closely this week.
Devin Smith (WR), Ohio State: Smith could be a Day 2 target. He is a speedster who averaged an astounding 28.2 yards per catch for the national champion Buckeyes last season. Smith also caught 12 touchdowns. The Dolphins are unsure about their situation with Wallace and currently do not have another deep threat on the roster. If Miami decides to trade or release Wallace, Smith is someone to keep an eye on.