Miami Dolphins Upgrade Wide Receiver Corps, Nab Jarvis Landry In Second Round
The Miami Dolphins were in no hurry to select during the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, trading back twice — once with the San Diego Chargers and again with the San Francisco 49ers. But after 30 selections in the second round, the Dolphins were ready to make their pick at No. 63 overall.
LSU wide receiver Jarvis Landry was their choice.
The Dolphins showed interest in selecting a receiver at some point early on by using five of their allotted 30 pre-draft visits on players at the position. Landry was initially thought to be in the ballpark of some of the draft’s top receivers, but after timing poorly at the combine, including a very disappointing 4.77 40-yard dash, his stock took quite a tumble. On film, however, he’s a sure-handed, savvy route runner who has the natural separation skills to routinely eat in the short-to-intermediate passing game.
Still, with such pedestrian straight-line speed, Landry will have to prove he can still get open at the NFL level. If he can, though, the Dolphins potentially just got a steal.
Immediate questions will undoubtedly surface about what this move means for Miami’s wide receiver corps. Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline are likely safe in 2014 considering their price tags. After those two, competition will be a major theme of the summer at the position.
Brandon Gibson, who is returning from a nasty knee injury, will likely have to earn his spot on the 53-man roster, as will Armon Binns, who is also returning from a knee injury. Rishard Matthews‘ spot could be in jeopardy as well, but after a promising second season and with a relatively cheap salary, the Dolphins would probably be wise to keep investing in him.
Landry likely isn’t the receiver Dolphins fans had in mind when they first learned that GM Dennis Hickey and company had interest in nabbing a receiver early in the draft. Given his slow timed speed, he isn’t the type of player, even playing a skill position, that will induce much excitement. But he’s a good enough football player — assuming the film doesn’t lie — that he could become a very nice weapon for quarterback Ryan Tannehill to work with.
Cody Strahm is a Miami Dolphins contributor for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @CodyJStrahm.