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Mel Kiper Mock Draft 3.0: Dolphins pick up offensive weapon

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ESPN's Mel Kiper, Jr., has updated his NFL Mock Draft. For the Miami Dolphins, that means an offensive weapon for the first time.

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The Miami Dolphins may be starting to see a swing in NFL Mock Draft projections. After weeks of defensive picks, the predictions could start moving toward the offensive side of the ball, especially as the team now has a wide receiver need following the release of Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson. ESPN's Mel Kiper, Jr., makes that switch in his third 2015 NFL Mock Draft.

The first Kiper mock projected the Dolphins to select Washington linebacker Shaq Thompson. He then updated it a month later to predict Miami picking up Michigan State cornerback Trae Waynes. In the third iteration of the Kiper mock, the Dolphins take the third wide receiver to come off the board.

The Oakland Raiders pick up the first wide out, according to Kiper, selecting West Virginia's Kevin White with the fourth overall pick. Alabama's Amari Cooper is next off the board, heading to the St. Louis Rams with the tenth selection. The Dolphins then use the 14th overall pick to select:

DeVante Parker, wide receiver, Louisville

Kiper explains his projection:

Brandon Gibson is gone, Brian Hartline is too, and Mike Wallace has a chance to be traded. In short, wide receiver is becoming a pretty clear need for this offense. Parker has as high a ceiling as you can find in this class and it wouldn't surprise me at all if someday we're talking about him as the best of the top three guys in this class, as I have them closely grouped. Parker will beat defenders to the ball on high-point catches with his size, leaping ability and catch radius, and he's underrated as a threat to add yards after the catch on short throws. I can see Miami going a few different ways here, but Parker makes sense because the Dolphins need to keep options available for Ryan Tannehill.

Parker seems like a solid pick for the Dolphins, especially if you add him in a reciving corps with Jarvis Landry and, should he stay with the team, Wallace. The Dolphins could be set to have a dynamic set of receivers, pus Charles Clay and Dion Sims at tight end. Jalen Strong (Arizona State) and Dorial Green-Beckham (Oklahoma) should not be ruled out of this selection, but Parker does seem to fit exactly the mold Miami uses for their wide receivers.

What do you think of the move? Is it the right one for the Dolphins?