With the 14th pick in the 2015 Arrowhead Pride mock draft, the Miami Dolphins GM TexChief selects...
Before we begin analyzing the Miami Dolphins 2015 first round selection, let's take a brief moment to enjoy the real reason Dade County residents venture to Sun Life Stadium ... the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders.
Now that we are all feeling good and relaxed, let's delve into the minds of the Miami Dolphins head coach, Joe Philbin and new GM, Mike Tannenbaum, to determine exactly what the Miami Dolphins are thinking. In order to accomplish the feat of thinking "like a Miami Dolphin" I performed the following research.
Now that we are truly thinking like a Dolphin, let's take a brief moment to review the Dolphins active offseason which saw the team overhaul key portions of their roster by throwing huge figures at big name free agent DT Ndamukong Suh with a six-year, $114 million contract (hopefully Justin Houston isn't getting any ideas), signing the athletic but big health risk TE Jordan Cameron away from the Browns, signing CB Brice McCain from the Steelers and trading a third round pick for speedy WR Kenny Stills from the Saints.
On the other side of the ball, Miami traded vastly overpaid WR Mike Wallace to the Vikings in exchange for a fifth round pick, in addition to releasing WR Brian Hartline, WR Brandon Gibson and TE Charles Clay, thus relieving their team of the players who caught 16 or their 27 receiving touchdowns from last year, creating a huge need for a WR who can do it all on the outside.
In this mock draft, the "top three WRs" are off the board so some pundits may claim that the Dolphins should look to fill their needs at LB, G, S or CB (nickel) in the first round but many of these positions can be addressed later in the 2015 draft with the Dolphins five remaining picks. In light of the rumors swirling that the Dolphins are seriously considering trading up in the draft in order to take one of the top WRs this GM is going with what he considers the best WR remaining on the board.
So without further to do, with the 14th pick in the 2015 draft the Miami Dolphins select ...
UCF WR Breshad Perriman
Strengths: Perriman is a big, strong, aggressive receiver armed with NFL pedigree who will use his size and strength to make the catch. He possesses long arms and a large wingspan. He has a very deceptive stride that lets him break down a defender's cushion and get deep. Perriman possesses the tools to make tough, acrobatic catches with his large soft hands. Can track the football and snatch it at its highpoint. Perriman is a good runner after the catch who is able to eat up big chunks of yardage and break the big play in any game.
Weakness: Perriman lacks the polish and technique seen in the top WRs in the draft. He'll need to work on running routes and reading coverages at the next level. Perriman will not be able to rely just on his natural ability at the next level.
Analysis: Perriman is a big (6'3, 215) and extremely fast (4.25 40-yard dash) WR with a ton of upside. He has the NFL bloodline as his father (Brett Perriman) played 10 seasons in the NFL at WR. The Miami Dolphins have already lined up a pre-draft visit with Perriman who won't have to venture far from his Orlando residence. Overall, Perriman would be a good pick to solidify the Miami Dolphins' young receiving corps for years to come.
Mock draft order
14. Dolphins - WR Breshad Perriman