NFL Draft grades are always a hot topic for every team. Did the draft experts like the pick your favorite team made? We all know these grades do not mean anything in the long term - these players have not even made it to their new team's headquarters - but we all love to see what the analysts thought of the selection.
With that in mind, we collect some of the round one draft grades for the Miami Dolphins, who selected Louisville wide receiver DeVante Parker with the 14th overall selection:
The Dolphins were fortunate that Parker slipped a little bit in the draft and that he was available at No. 14. Parker is a perfect fit for the Dolphins. Miami brought in Kenny Stills and Jordan Cameron in the offseason and the addition of Parker gives them one of the better receiving groups in the NFL. Now the onus is on quarterback Ryan Tannehill to take Miami to the next level.
The skinny: Parker was some folks' top wideout in the draft and might have been a consensus top player at the position if he weren't injured his final season. The Dolphins liked Parker throughout the draft process and got their guy without giving anything up. That's a win.
Parker is a complete nightmare for cornerbacks when the ball is in the air. From the outset he ought to be Ryan Tannehill's go-to weapon in the red zone.
I think this is a great move by Miami. They had to get a go-to receiver for Ryan Tannehill, and this kid is exactly that.
The Dolphins have completely made their receiver corps over. With Parker joining Kenny Stills (who is going to be awesome), Jarvis Landry and Greg Jennings as the crafty old guy, Ryan Tannehill will have an incredible array of targets in the 10-20-yard range. That's important, because Tannehill doesn't like to throw beyond that range. We've come a long way from watching Mike Wallace jog downfield while Brian Hartline catches eight-yard passes and falls.
The Rams and Vikings were considering DeVante Parker at Nos. 10 and 11, so this is a slight bargain for the Dolphins. Parker also fills a big need at receiver; Miami signed Greg Jennings, but he never factored into the decision of this selection. Ryan Tannehill already had his possession receiver in Jarvis Landry, but he had to have a legitimate No. 1 wideout at his disposal. Parker is projected to be a primary option, so I like this selection.
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