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2015 Dolphins Draft Picks
The Dolphins signed WR Kenny Stills to a four-year, $32 million deal.$20 million in guaranteed. So, my feelings on this is that the Dolphins made a move to keep the offense moving forward by signing Stills. Stills had bigger offers on the table, so, someone was going to sign him. He took less to sign with our Dolphins which means that the culture is changing in Miami. Therefore, analysts outside the Dolphins are going to criticize this move, but those of us sort of on the inside know that this was a big win for the Dolphins.
The Dolphins signed DE Andre Branch to a 3 year, $27 million contract yesterday. That's $9 million a year. Branch was a spark plug and a nice surprise for us, so, it was important to keep him around. A little more expensive than I would have paid for him, but the draft is strong with defensive linemen, so, we can add another in the draft. I will also have to see how much we guaranteed his contract.
It’s looking more and more like we will have a tough time keeping Kenny Stills in Miami with teams ready to pony up big money for his services. If that happens we will not lack for replacement options in this draft. I would not expect to use an early pick on a receiver though. I would expect a compensatory 4th round pick next year if we lose him.
Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that the Eagles and a “California team” are currently “in play” for Dolphins impending free agent WR Kenny Stills. According to Kelly, Dolphins executive Mike Tannenbaum is aware of Philadelphia’s interest in Stills.
The Miami Herald reports impending free agent Kenny Stills "likes the West Coast" and an offer from an AFC West or NFC West team "could be attractive."
Landry, Parker and Carroo are never going to be accused of having world-class speed, and thats perfectly fine because its not their game. Those guys win with physicality and quickness rather than pure raw speed. Right now that is Stills role. He lifts the top off of secondaries and torches them for deep scores and we will definitely miss that element if he leaves in free agency. So I present a list of possible replacements in the upcoming draft. These are all vertical wide receivers with wheels that I feel we have a chance to draft on day 3 where we currently have 4 picks. So you won’t see guys like Carlos Henderson or Chad Hansen listed here who should be drafted very early on.
Shelton Gibson, WR, West Virginia Height: 5-11. Weight: 190
Dane Brugler says he “Mixes gears in his routes and is a legit deep threat” Had 20 receptions of 40 or more yards the past 2 seasons. Tony Pauline hears that Gibson "should run the 40 in the 4.3s at the combine," a development which would "only enhance his draft stock." The 5-foot-11, 188-pounder is a pure burner who can pop the lid off of coverages.
Mack Hollins, WR, North Carolina Height: 6-4. Weight: 210
He’s a tall burner who glides past corners and safeties before they know what hit them. Legitimate vertical threat who finished with 20 touchdowns on just 71 catches. Dangerous run-after-catch deep crossing routes and slants.
Jalen Robinette, WR, Air Force Height: 6-3. Weight: 215
He led the nation with 27.4 yards per catch in 2016 out of an Air Force option offense. Very limited route runner. Great vertical leap on deep passes. Gets great separation and attacks contested balls in the air.
Travin Dural, WR, LSU Height: 6-2. Weight: 192
Was held back by poor Quarterback play and injuries at LSU. He’s big and he’s fast and will demand safeties attention in the NFL. Pro Football Focus compared him to Mike Wallace.
Josh Malone*, WR, Tennessee Height: 6-3. Weight: 198
Bucky Brooks wrote that Malone's "slick route-running skills" stand out when compared to those of other similarly-sized wideouts. "Malone runs past defenders with ease and flashes strong hands and natural ball skills wrestling jump balls away from defensive backs"
Josh Reynolds, WR, Texas A&M Height: 6-2. Weight: 187
Explosive vertical threat who can open his hips and out-stride a cornerback down the field. Has speed to burn and tracks the ball extremely well. Excellent ball skills and adjustment. Consistent red-zone threat. Wins up-and-over, with back shoulder fades.
Jamari Staples, WR, Louisville Height: 6-3. Weight: 190
Potential was held back because of QB Lamar Jackson. Possesses good hands and body control.
K.D. Cannon*, WR, Baylor Height: 6-0. Weight: 180
Field stretcher with homerun potential. Had 15 receptions of 40 or more yards the past 2 seasons. Below average route runner that has had injury issues and inconsistent hands at times.
Stacy Coley, WR, Miami Height: 6-1. Weight: 185
Best-suited as a vertical slot receiver, Good hands, tracks the ball well over the shoulder. Gets separation on crossers and posts with his speed alone. Possesses another gear to track down the deep shots.