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Dolphins Draft Results 2015: Grade Miami's First Round Pick

With the 14th selection in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins selected, DeVante Parker. How would you grade this selection?

Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Well, we will never know if the Todd Gurley speculation was a smokescreen or not. But, the Dolphins added a player many fans were pounding the table for.

The Dolphins had DeVante Parker on their radar and you can bet they were ecstatic when he was their at the 14th pick. Some analyst believed he may have been gone by the time the Dolphins selected. That is what I love about the NFL Draft, you cannot predict anything. One pick changes a lot of things.

The Dolphins traded Mike Wallace to the Minnesota Vikings but also traded for Kenny Stills from the New Orleans Saints and added Greg Jennings. Jarvis Landry will continue to hold down the slot.

The Dolphins needed to add a bigger wide receiver and they got that with the selection of Parker. Feel free to look at the analysis from


Consistently plays with outstanding body control. Soft hands and elite concentration are his calling cards. Credited with just three drops since 2012. Comfortable with a man on his hip. Maintains focus on downfield throws despite hand fighting and bumps. Daunting catch radius. Produces explosive plays without top-end speed. Works his way back to the ball and gets open during scrambles. Consistently high-points his catches and is a snatch-and-secure receiver. Recognizes when to adjust depth of routes over the middle. Has an innate feel for the position. Proved he could come back from injury and regain his form. Maximizes his catch window through body control, extended hands and positioning.


Linear and lacking ideal play strength. Has to prove he can beat a more physical brand of press coverage. Very average suddenness out of breaks. Routes are inconsistent and sometimes lack sharpness. Noticeably slower after returning from a broken bone in his foot in 2014. Quick-twitch corners could be his kryptonite. He was not put on this earth to run block.

What are your thoughts on the Dolphins selection? How would you grade the pick?

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