Miami Dolphins Continue to Add WR Competition With Matt Hazel in Sixth Round
The Miami Dolphins clearly aren’t content with their current wide receiver corps. On Friday night, Miami snagged Jarvis Landry, a receiver without impressive measurables, but the sure hands and toughness to excel in a West Coast offense. On Saturday, the Dolphins were at it again, further adding to the receiver group by nabbing Coastal Carolina product Matt Hazel at pick No. 190 overall.
At 6-foot-1, Hazel brings good size to a set of pass catchers that lacks it. With the athletic ability and body control to make difficult catches to accompany that size, Hazel has a fairly sizable radius to potentially provide quarterback Ryan Tannehill with a decent-sized target to throw to in the red zone.
But will Hazel make the 53-man roster this summer? He’ll certainly have some stiff competition. It appears Hazel, Brandon Gibson, Rishard Matthews, Damian Williams and Armon Binns will all be competing for probably two, maybe three spots. Gibson and Binns are returning from serious knee injuries while Matthews is rumored to be in head coach Joe Philbin‘s doghouse. That means Hazel will have every opportunity to earn a spot with an impressive summer and exhibition season.
If he outperforms the others on the roster bubble, the Dolphins likely won’t hesitate to cut Gibson or Matthews, although both produced in 2013. Even if he doesn’t, though, Hazel would most likely find a spot on the practice squad, where he could develop in hopes of becoming a contributor in the future.
It was an immensely deep draft class at receiver, so there’s certainly the possibility that Hazel was undervalued coming into the draft and could turn into a late-round success story in Miami.
Cody Strahm is an NFL author for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @CodyJStrahm.