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Miami Dolphins’ NFL Draft substitutes: Receiver

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The South Florida Sun Sentinel continues its 10-part series looking at top prospects with receivers in the upcoming NFL Draft (April 28-30). It’s one of the deepest in the 2022 draft, but the caliber of top-end receivers doesn’t match last year’s class, which was highlighted by Jammer Chase, Jaylen Waddle and Devonta Smith. However, there may be some third-day gems that the Dolphins can choose from with their third-round final selection or their fourth-round selection to develop for the future.

Garrett Wilson of Ohio State

Wilson is explosive on the line of scrimmage, and early on to create alienation in press coverage. He leaps and high-points the ball with ease and has the hand-eye coordination to track off-the-mark throws. He needs to prove he is a downfield receiver who can hold onto safety. If he can’t, he will become a capture receiver, not an X receiver in the NFL.

Treylon Berksow of Arkansas

Burke’s size (6-3, 225), pace and physicality set him apart from most receivers in this draft as it allows him to put his will against short corners. His game is similar to that of Titans receiver AJ Brown, which indicates that he can become a dynamic slot receiver and a rookie as a gadget player.

Jameson Williams of Alabama

Williams used his one season in Alabama to prove he was an explosive playmaker, a receiver who has both the run-after-catch ability to get extra yards and the speed to take the top off a defense. The fact that he tore his ACL in the national championship game this year means he can spend the first half of the 2022 season working on rehab and regaining his momentum.

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Chris Olaway of Ohio State

The Buckeyes are churning out root-running sevens because of their position coach Brian Hartline, who spent most of his career in the NFL with the Dolphins, and Olev is the next Bucky to become a Day 1 starter. Olev, who has scored 35 touchdowns in his four seasons, is a handy root runner who excels at adjusting off-target throws.

USC’s Drake London

London is a multi-sport athlete who uses his basketball skills on high-point balls. He is large (6-foot-5), has strong hands and has excellent body control. The problem is that he is not a sophisticated root runner and needs to be trained in the NFL. His film is hard to evaluate because he benefited from a ton of free releases to play in the Pac-12.

the best of the rest

Penn State’s Jahan Dotson could be the surest receiver in this draft. He can grow into a true No. 1 playwright in the right crime. Alabama’s John Machi III is a catch-and-run hazard who produces tough yardage. Georgia’s George Pickens, Purdue’s David Bell, North Dakota State’s Christian Watson, Miami’s Charleston Rambo, SMU’s Danny Gray and Reggie Roberson Jr. all have the talent to become NFL starters.

Class Grade: B+

The receiver is considered the deepest position in this watered-down 2022 draft class, it’s hard to criticize the talent available. Especially when we consider that receivers selected in later rounds – if not drafts – routinely rise in the NFL. Often times it’s just about finding the right fit for the offensive system, and that draft is full of choices. There are fast bowlers who spread the ground. Slot receivers who have a habit of being open, route-running specialists and large body types. It all comes down to what a team is looking for.

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teams needed

This is the type of draft where a team can select a receiver even if they don’t need it, because of how weak this draft class is overall. The Jets, Patriots, Packers, Bears, Browns, Colts, Falcons, Lions, Titans, 49ers, and Chiefs will all benefit from an early take. Raiders, Cardinals, Commanders, Cowboys and Chargers can choose one in a later round to complement their already solid receiver units.

dolphin focus

The Dolphins have ample frontline receivers on the roster, with Tyrek Hill, Jaylen Waddle, Cedric Wilson and Mike Gesicki (a tight end who served mostly as slot receivers over the past three seasons). What the dolphins lack is a young one to develop because each of Preston Williams and Lynn Bowden Jr. have stalled for some reason or the other. Adding another receiver to this unit can be beneficial, especially if he has certain skills as a returner.

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