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PostPosted: Sat Apr 30, 2022 1:22 pm 
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Productive three-year starter with desired combination of size and foot quickness. Ezukanma has enough speed to get down the field and challenge coverage while displaying an innate sense for protecting and finishing contested catches underneath. The route tree has been limited by scheme, but he's not as polished with the routes he runs as he should be for his experience level. Size, ball skills and toughness work in his favor as a quality backup with some upside.

Strengths

Big target and team captain.

Led his team in receiving in all three seasons.

Ability to widen release to avoid press punch.

Foot quickness to snap off slants and hitches.

Burst to pass and stack the cornerback downfield.

Squares to throw and shifts body to protect the catch.

High points catch with full extension and strong hands.

Bodies up defenders during contested catches.

Quick to grab it and go underneath.

Weaknesses

Routes lack expected polish of a three-year starter.

Needs to sell the drive phase of his route.

Too upright into intermediate break points.

Needs to play with better speed variance.

Inconsistent route adjustments to traffic.

Can be top-heavy rolling and drifting through route turns.

Easy catches can turn into focus drops.


https://www.nfl.com/prospects/erik-ezukanma/3200455a-5541-5291-fee6-830dca8a2c2a

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 30, 2022 1:27 pm 
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This writer rated him as top 5 in the WR class, but NFL scouts seemed to vote otherwise…

https://www.profootballnetwork.com/erik ... port-2022/

I think the pick was just a gamble since the remaining high ranked running backs and linebackers got snagged just ahead of the Phins’ pick.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 30, 2022 1:29 pm 
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The team has a lot of WR’s already…this seemed to be a weird head scratching pick.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 30, 2022 1:33 pm 
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Probably had him rated as a third rounder and was happy he's available. We have 3 wrs on the roster I trust as starters. Need a outside guy with size after trading Parker.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 30, 2022 1:39 pm 
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Detailed breakdown here….maybe he is a shot at replacing Parker? Or…is he just a special teamer for now? https://steelersdepot.com/2022/04/2022- ... -ezukanma/


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Phinished wrote:
The team has a lot of WR’s already…this seemed to be a weird head scratching pick.

Why not? They do not have anyone that is proven outside the top three.

Williams? Wilson? Bowden? Bowden is probably the most likely to succeed, but this guy is not in his mold. I get the pick and it seems he is the type of Wr McDainels likes.

Only know what I recently heard about it, so I'm good. Its a 4th.

For the hype machine. Justyn Ross was once considered a 1st Rd. prospect prior to a medical concern. Get him.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 30, 2022 2:43 pm 
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Well…the pick might work out since he seems to me like he could replace Parker, or the oft-injured Williams. The team had more glaring needs at RB, LB and O line, but I just think Miami’s guys were not there when they picked.


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“A receiver with size, ball skills and toughness”…wtf does this even mean?

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Phinished wrote:
Well…the pick might work out since he seems to me like he could replace Parker, or the oft-injured Williams. The team had more glaring needs at RB, LB and O line, but I just think Miami’s guys were not there when they picked.

They just picked a LB the Rd prior and they have signed two RB's and OLman in FA.


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It looks to be a pick to replace DeVante Parker (and more than likely Preston Williams). It's an ok pick, but its a bit of a head scratcher. I do like that we are moving away from injury prone receivers. I've had my fill of them the past 5 years.

Dolphins Round 4 Selection: Erik Ezukanma, WR, Draft Analysis


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 30, 2022 5:44 pm 
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Dphins4me wrote:
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Well…the pick might work out since he seems to me like he could replace Parker, or the oft-injured Williams. The team had more glaring needs at RB, LB and O line, but I just think Miami’s guys were not there when they picked.

They just picked a LB the Rd prior and they have signed two RB's and OLman in FA.


I still do not see an every down battering ram RB….you need that kind of guy to move the chains and wear defenses out…


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 30, 2022 6:06 pm 
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Phinished wrote:
I still do not see an every down battering ram RB….you need that kind of guy to move the chains and wear defenses out…

What RB was the Rams every down battering ram RB that moved the chains, by wearing the D down?


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Kiper thought he dropped way too many passes last year, but if he can catch passes like this, he has some Chris Chambers and DeVante Parker in him. It's a concentration issue.


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Phinished wrote:
The team has a lot of WR’s already…this seemed to be a weird head scratching pick.


You are consistently inconsistent. You didn't want to trade Parker and are now complaining when his replacement is drafted.

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PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2022 5:48 pm 
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Rich wrote:

You are consistently inconsistent. You didn't want to trade Parker and are now complaining when his replacement is drafted.

Yeap, Not sure you noticed, but he never replied to my question, after replying to me. Hmmm


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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2022 7:32 am 
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Here is a little more info on Ezukanma. He sounds like he's going to take the role of "DeVante Parker" for the Dolphins. I am glad they understand Parker's role to the offense to try to address it since Williams cannot be counted on to stay healthy.

Barry Jackson (Miami Herald) wrote:
An NFL scout texted me after the draft to convey that the Dolphins got a very good player in Texas Tech receiver Erik Ezukanma, who was selected in the fourth round. His college wide receivers coach agrees. “I gave him a late second-round grade,” the scout said. “He’s not the most talented in terms of athletic skills. He tested out well at the Combine. I think this kid is a really good player. Really good hands, tough, he blocks, runs well after the catch. Makes a lot of contested catches, aggressive and tough. He’s a really good player. If you want someone to run by the corner, that’s not him. But he will fight you for it. I like his chances.”

Joel Filani, Ezukanma’s wide receivers coach at Texas Tech, agrees. Now working in the same position at Washington State, Filani sized up Ezukanma in a phone conversation last week: “He’s dynamic with the ball in his hands,” Filani said. “When the ball is in his hands, he’s looking to make guys miss and that’s what makes him special. He’s looking to move guys and make guys miss; he’s very good at that.” Though he had four drops last season, that “wasn’t the norm,” Filani said. “He’s got strong hands, runs well and makes plays. He’s got a lot of upside.” And off the field? “Character wise, he’s one of the kids who does the right things,” Filani said. “He enjoys nice things but understands you need to put the work in.”


Read more at: https://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt- ... rylink=cpy

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Check out this ball placement on this pass to Eze. If you want YAC you need a QB who can hit a receiver running in stride.


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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2022 12:36 pm 
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Big Dave wrote:
Here is a little more info on Ezukanma. He sounds like he's going to take the role of "DeVante Parker" for the Dolphins.

So he will be going on the IR the majority of the yr


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