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2015 Dolphins Draft Picks
Miami added another weapon to the offensive and special teams side of the ball when they added Texas Tech WR Jakeem Grant. The 5'6, 165 lbs Grant has great speed, 4.38 40 speed that translates to the football field, and I consider him a BETTER version of Trindon Holliday. He had 90 catches for 1,268 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2015, capped by a 10 catch, 125 yards and 3 touchdowns against LSU in the bowl game.
He is also a tremendous kickoff return man and has 4 career kickoff return for touchdowns.
Here is the summary from NFL.Com.
Grant had 90 receptions for 1,268 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2015. All of those totals were career-highs during his four-year career at Texas Tech.
40-yard dash: 4.38 seconds
Vertical: 36 1/2 inches
Broad jump: 9 feet, 9 inches
Short shuttle: 4.06 seconds
3-cone: 7.01 seconds
Bench: 15 reps of 225 pounds
Eye-popping long speed. Athletic with outstanding play speed and not just a straight-line "track guy". Can access the nitrous out of his breaks and leave defenders with recovery work to do. Speed outs, whip routes and drags will always be open. Subtle but shifty in space and shows ability to find daylight if help doesn't come flying in after the catch. Has four kick return touchdowns during career. Torched LSU with 10 catches for 125 yards and three touchdowns in the Texas Bowl including a 46-yarder against CB Tre'Davious White.
Hard to ignore his diminutive frame. Scouts are concerned about ability to hold up against NFL hitters. Small catch radius requires more accurate quarterback. Gears down unnecessarily at times within his routes. Limited route runner on collegiate level and often used as "catch and run" weapon. Average ball tracker down the field. Tagged with 23 drops over last three seasons. Gets in hurry as kick returner and needs more patience.
Rounds 6 or 7
Grant's size will immediately eliminate him from many draft boards, but teams looking for pure speed, a kick returner and a slot option who can add new wrinkles to an offense may have Grant on a target list. Grant might be small, but he doesn't play small and hes certainly not a novelty act. Grant's pro day workout might have created enough buzz to warrant a third-day selection.
ESPN INSIDER ANALYSIS **
Miami traded back into the 3rd round to add Rutgers WR Leonte Carroo. The Dolphins gave up a 3rd & 4th round pick in the 2017 Draft and a 6th round pick in the 2016 Draft. Leonte is a big, physical WR that was very productive in his career at Rutgers, with a big catch radius and big play ability, as he averaged over 20 yards per catch his last 2 years.
The Dolphins lost WR Rashad Matthews to the Titans via free agency, and I knew the Dolphins had interest in Leonte as they had a private workout with him and he visited Davie as well.
Here is the summary from NFL.Com.
Despite the fact he was losing his quarterback of eight years in Gary Nova (they played together at Don Bosco Prep, as well) for his senior year, Carroo decided to stay in college for one more year. The honorable mention All-Big Ten pick in 2014 (1,068 receiving yards, 19.7 yards per catch, 10 touchdowns) didnt have quite as much success as a senior (39-809, 10 touchdowns), mostly because a high-ankle sprain and suspension for an assault arrest (the charges for which were dropped by the female victim) kept Carroo from maximizing his productivity. Despite these issues, he earned third-team All-Big Ten accolades from league media due to his playmaking ability.
Has desired NFL size. Targeted by his quarterbacks at a high rate over last three seasons and was up to the challenge. Consistently productive. Averaged over 20 yards per catch over last two seasons and 31 of his 122 catches went for 25-plus yards. Finished with 29 touchdowns over three seasons. Strong ball tracker who can adjust to off-target deep balls and run under them. Can sell cornerback on the vertical route and then break it off suddenly while working back to the throw. Natural, reliable hands catcher who snatches the ball away from his body. Able to make contested catches. Uses plus balance and footwork to accelerate out of his breaks and create separation. Improved his release against press coverage by varying approaches and improving initial footwork. Gets upfield immediately after the catch and has size to finish with an extra yard or two tacked on. Played in scheme that required him to be a willing and competitive run blocker. Team captain. Willing to play with pain. Missed two games due to high ankle sprain, but came back early and played hurt over final three games of the season.
His gaudy yards per catch numbers are a function of Rutgers play-action passing attack more than his speed deep. Rarely outruns cornerbacks and struggles to get over the top and stack them. Is a little too upright into his routes and hip stiffness limits ability to run sharp out-breaking and in-breaking routes. Has had his struggles against physical, press-man cover men with length. Was completely ineffective and nearly shut out in 2014 against Michigan States Trae Waynes. Scouts have concerns regarding Carroo's personal character and reliability. Suspended two games for his role in a simple assault charge involving a domestic dispute and missed the first half of the first game after being suspended for missing curfew.
Rounds 2 or 3
Consistently productive receiver with good size but pedestrian long speed. While Carroo benefited from Rutgers' offensive system, he was still producing at a high level despite the attention that was paid to him. Carroo will need to continue to sharpen his route running in order to improve his separation on the next level, but his size, hands and ability to block in the running game could land him in the middle rounds with a chance to become an eventual starter.
ESPN INSIDER ANALYSIS **