Say what you will about the state of the franchise, I'm actually pretty excited by the possibilities in the upcoming draft. There's a number of intriguing prospects across the board, and a lot of opportunity to add some new talent to the roster. For now, I'd like to take a look at WR, mainly some prospects we might target and the rounds we might select them in. This year is exceptionally deep at the position, and as a result, we can find some good value in the back end of the draft. Here it is folks.
1. Michael Floyd, Notre Dame: Floyd is widely regarded as the no.2 WR prospect in the draft, and rightfully so. He has the best hands in the draft, and is a big target at 6'3 220 lbs, coupled with 4.47 speed. I see him as someone who could go anywhere from a top 10 pick to a mid 1st. Some DUI spurred character concerns might make his draft value slip, along with the rise of GT receiver Stephen Hill and a lurking Kendall Wright. I think Miami looks at Floyd if they trade out of the top 10, assuming he's still on the board, and go with a value pick here. This guy is a Jordy Nelson type player whose going to reel in most anything you toss his way.
2A. Mohamed Sanu, Rutgers: He's a player that's flying under the radar a little bit, but depending on how the draft plays out, Miami might take on shot on him. He was an impeccable route runner this year, and consistently turned in highlight plays. He's aggressive downfield in his blocking and decleated a number of defenders this year as a result. He ran the ball well in '09 and '10, compiling 121 rushes for 655 yards and 9 TD's. He served as a primary receiver this year for Rutgers, as their QB improved upon his freshman season of 2010. Sanu caught 115 passes for 1206 yards and 7 TD's in 2011. He had a disappointing combine performance, and might slip to us early in the 3rd. Call me crazy, but if he's on the board in round 3, and considering the receiver depth this year it's not entirely unrealistic, he's another value selection. He has great athleticism, game speed, and aggression, traits you can't teach.
2B. A.J. Jenkins, Illinois: Personally, I can't see how this guy is being overlooked like he is. He ran a sub 4.4 40 at the combine, not to mention tore up the agility testing and displayed exceptional footwork in doing so. His Pro Day was nothing short of impressive to boot. At 6'0, 190 lbs, he has the size to line up outside and play in space to the field. He catches the ball well outside of his frame and brings it in to his body, along with displaying excellent body control on the sidelines. He makes acrobatic catches, and can go up in traffic from the slot with some nice leaping ability. He's a player I'm hoping can be had in the 3rd, but at this point, I'm not opposed to drafting him in the 2nd, if Sanu is off the board and we're without a receiver. If they're both available, I'd like to see Miami double down with our 3rd rounders.
4. Marvin McNutt, Iowa: My favourite receiver in the upcoming draft. He stands at 6'4 and 215 lbs, with 4.5 speed. He can stretch the field and beat defenders with his size and quickness. The downside, he has what some consider inconsistent hands, and isn't overly explosive out of his cuts, not to mention has a tendency to run too high in his stems. These route issues can be attributed to him being a larger receiver, and are things that can be developed. That being said, he provided a lot of plays for a mediocre Iowa pass offence this season, and did it in all levels of the defence. He broke away from defenders routinely after the catch and flashed the ability to be a truly dominant threat in the passing game when he was hot. He could be a solid selection for the Phins with one of their 3rd rounders if he drops there, depending on who else they select.
5. Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma: He has monster collegiate numbers, and after suffering an ACL tear, may drop as far as the mid 4th, early 5th. If that's the case, this is where I see an unquestionable pick. He's a mid 4.4 speed guy, with a slightly below average 5'10, 192 lb frame. However, when you turn on the film, he's a straight baller. He compiled 349 catches for 4,586 yards and 45 TD's, and added almost 1,200 punt return yards at over 11 yards per return. He's more of a prototypical slot receiver, and although we have Bess, adding a player of Broyles' tier at this point in the draft is a steal, assuming he's 100%.
6. Brian Quick, Appalachian State: Another big man, at 6'4 220lbs. He's got exceptional game speed and was absolutely dominant when he wasn't facing top tier defences. That's my chief concern with him. He didn't play well at the Senior Bowl, and while that's not the end of the world, he certainly didn't woo anybody with his mediocre combine performance. He's just a very raw prospect, but at the same time, has demonstrated big play ability throughout his career, albeit at a 2nd tier school. He's elusive after the catch and has great hands. Will need to work on his intermediate route running, but is a nice outside option who can get up and use his size to win position on defenders. He's a project for sure, but IMO the best one in terms of mid 5th-6th round. He's a risky pick, but I like his style and athletic ability. If we've added 1 or 2 receivers at this point, depending whats left on the board, he might be worth consideration.
Thanks for reading, and as always, GO PHINS
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