DAVIE, Fla. -- A few quick thoughts on the Miami Dolphins’ first-round draft pick:
The pick: DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville
My take: The Dolphins got the player they were targeting for quite some time. Wide receiver remained a major need heading into Thursday night, and Parker has many of the tools to eventually become a No. 1 threat in the passing game. Parker is tall, fast and physical after the catch. He fits in well with offensive coordinator Bill Lazor's scheme, which focuses a lot on short and intermediate passes.
Young group: The Dolphins have a young group of receivers -- and it just got younger. In addition to Kenny Stills (23), Jarvis Landry (22) and Rishard Matthews (25), Parker is 22 and obviously has zero starts. Free-agent signee Greg Jennings (31) is the veteran of the group and will be expected to provide leadership. But Parker is expected to make an immediate impact and eventually become the game-breaker at the position. The Dolphins have a deep set of receivers, but they lack experience.
Recent history favors Miami: Despite the Dolphins’ six-year playoff drought, they have had recent success with first-round picks. Miami selected starting right tackle Ja'Wuan James (hit) last year, defensive end Dion Jordan (miss) in 2013, quarterback Ryan Tannehill (hit) in 2012 and Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey (hit) in 2011. The Dolphins have made only one bad pick in the first round -- Jordan -- in the past four drafts. James, Tannehill and Pouncey are all part of Miami's current foundation. The Dolphins hope Parker becomes part of their long-term plans.