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Dolphins fans are completely on edge this offseason. Most of them believe that Jeff Ireland's time is well overdue, and some are more optimistic about the front office. One thing Phins fans can all agree on - we need a big time receiver!
The current receiving core of (if Hartline gets resigned) Hartline, Bess, Matthews, Binns, and company is a below average core. Elite wide receivers do await the Dolphins this offseason, but it's of most importance that the Dolphins build through the draft. GM Jeff Ireland and head coach Joe Philbin have noted that they want to build this team through the draft, so fans should expect a receiver in the first few rounds.
The Dolphins will DEFINITELY add some receivers this offseason. The obvious question is - who do they add?
Will the Dolphins sign a big free agent receiver (see hyper link above) and draft a receiver too? If so, what round would Ireland draft a receiver? There are a lot of questions surrounding the WR position this offseason.
Tannehill should get a young weapon or two via draft this offseason - here's a breakdown of a few receivers the Dolphins might look at in the 2013 draft.
Ryan Swope - Texas A&M
Swope should be an obvious target for the Dolphins in the draft. Sherman already drafted his former quarterback and signed his fullback at Texas A&M last year, so don't be surprised to see the Dolphins take Swope. Swope was terrific for Tannehill in 2011, as he snagged 89 balls for 1,207 yards and 11 touchdowns.
If the Dolphins go after a big FA receiver, and go elsewhere in the first round - Ireland could target Swope in rounds 2-4.
Cordarelle Patterson - Tennessee
Patterson is a very interesting prospect - a high risk, high reward type guy. He had 46 catches for 778 yards and five touchdowns in 2012. He seems to be a raw, athletic specimen at this point. Patterson is extremely athletic, tall at 6'3, and fast. Tennessee used Cordarelle in a variety of ways - he had 308 rushing yards and three touchdowns. He was very dynamic in the return game with a punt and kick return touchdown.
One CBS Sports mock draft has Patterson going to the Dolphins at 12. Hopefully the Dolphins would still sign a receiver in the offseason to go along with Patterson. He could be a new breed of receiver in the NFL with his size and versatility, but could be a bust. Tannehill and Patterson could make a dynamic duo.
DeAndre Hopkins - Clemson
Hopkins arguably is the most NFL receiver in this year's draft. Hopkins was overshadowed by Sammy Watkins last year, but shined with his incredible 2012 campaign. Hopkins 82 catches for 1,405 yards and 18 touchdowns is astonishing. He had a terrific game against LSU in the Chick Fil A with 13 catches 191 yards and two touchdowns.
If the Phins fall in love with Hopkins, they could trade down to take him in the late first/early second round.
Terrance Williams - Baylor
Terrance Williams will most likely suit of Kendall Wright last year - a Baylor receiver being drafted in the first round. As for statistics, Williams caught 97 bals hauled in 1,832 yards... Wow.
He's got speed, he's NFL ready, he's a great choice for the Dolphins. Williams is another late first/early second type guy.
Tavon Austin - West Virginia
Tavon Austin. The receiver every fan wants on his/her team. Austin's stats at WVU were just ridiculous. He caught 12 touchdowns, ran for three touchdowns, and had a kick and punt return touchdown. The 5'9 speedy receiver will be an absolute playmaker in the NFL. Percy Harvin 2.0?
Since the Dolphins already have Davone Bess, it is unlikely that Ireland will go after Austin. However, a lot of mock drafts have Austin going to the Patriots. Dolphin fans need to hope he goes outside the AFC East.
Keenan Allen - California
Allen had an up and down 2012 season. His quarterback Zach Maynard had a sub-par season, and Allen missed the final three games with a knee injury. Allen has a great 6'3 frame and has great speed. He is explosive after the catch and can out jump defenders. Allen seems like a Brandon Marshall type, but hopefully without the drops. Allen was also used as a punt returner at Cal.
Keenan Allen is the #1 ranked receiver by most websites, and a CBS Sports mock draft has Allen going #12 to the Dolphins. A Tannehill to Allen connection could be deadly for years to come. Allen has the most upside of all the receivers in this years draft.
Here is a scenario that Miami fans would like to see: sign Mike Wallace, trade down and draft Terrance Williams/DeAndre Hopkins, and draft Ryan Swope.
The most likely scenario is: sign Wallace/Bowe/Jennings, draft Patterson/Allen, and draft Swope.
Ireland knows he has to give Tannehill weapons this offseason. If not, the fans might hunt him down.