The 14th pick in the 2015 draft is held by the Miami Dolphins who are coming off an 8-8 season. The team lost three of their last four games including a disappointing Week 17 home loss to the lowly Jets. Head coach Joe Philbin received a one year contract extension in the offseason to avoid lame duck coaching status. Miami was certainly active during the early stages of free agency signing prize free agent defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to a six year $114 million contract with $60 million guaranteed. The Dolphins have been aggressive over the past few seasons during free agency, but this was the biggest splash by far. Suh will pair with defensive ends Cameron Wake and Olivier Vernon to make a formidable defensive line looking to take down Tom Brady in the AFC East. Jared Odrick was lost to the Jags and Suh will fill his position for the most part. Odrick is a very good player, but obviously passing up on going after Suh was too much for the Dolphins. Disgruntled wide receiver Mike Wallace was traded to the Vikings for a 5th round pick in this year’s draft. That cleared the way for Miami to send linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and pick number 78 in the third round to New Orleans for young Kenny Stills who is just as much of a deep threat as Wallace. Stills also happens to still be on his rookie deal which is more team friendly than Wallace’s contract. Tight end Jordan Cameron was also signed to help out Ryan Tannehill after Charles Clay was lost to the rival Bills. Cornerback Brice McCain was signed for secondary depth as well as safety Louis Delmas who was resigned. The offensive line still lacks in a few spots even after the first round selection of tackle Ja’Wuan James last season who was impressive in his rookie campaign. Branden Albert is coming off an ACL tear so he will need to work his way back into playing shape. Mike Pouncey just recently signed a five year contract extension as well to help solidify the interior part of the o-line for Tannehill. Linebacker also appears to be an area of need for Miami with Koa Misi as the senior member at the position. Third year player Jelani Jenkins will also continue to start as well. Spencer Paysinger was brought over from the Giants, but he is utilized more in a special teams type role. The Dolphins can go several ways with their number 14 pick. With the 14th pick in the 2015 Birds Scoop Mock Draft the Miami Dolphins select…
Devante Parker- Wide Receiver (Louisville)
Parker is viewed by many scouts as the third best wide receiver in this class behind Cooper and White. He is certainly no slouch, though, and I think would be an excellent fit for Miami at 14. The release of veteran wideout Brian Hartline in the offseason opens room for another young receiver in the fold. Parker would join newly acquired Kenny Stills and second year player Jarvis Landry who showed he can be a very effective player in his rookie year. The Louisville wideout is praised for his hands and has been credited with only three drops since 2012. Similar to Kevin White he is very skilled at “high-pointing” the ball and going up to make plays with his 6’3 frame. Parker proved he can come back from a foot injury in 2014 and still produce at a high level. It is worth noting he appeared to lose a burst of speed after the foot injury, but only time will tell to see if that lingers. He will also need to prove his ability to beat more a press style coverage which rookie wide receivers can have difficulty with. Run blocking is definitely not Parker’s strong suit, but I’m sure the Dolphins will find other ways to use his talents. Parker, Landry and Stills would make up one of the better young receiving cores in the league to go along with tight end Jordan Cameron for Ryan Tannehill to growth with.
Impact on the Eagles
Parker coming off the board at 14 would be another wide receiver the Eagles lost a chance at. The next possible target on most teams boards is Breshad Perriman and he could quickly after pick 14. There’s potentially four teams besides the Eagles who would be targeting a wideout in round 1. Other targets include Dorial Green-Beckham, Jaelen Strong, and Nelson Agholor from USC. The Eagles could theoretically stay at 20 and get their man, but if they deem it necessary to move up a few picks in order to avoid potentially being back doored by another team behind them in the draft order. I personally don’t believe Parker was ever really on the Eagles radar to trade up for. I think they feel the other wide receivers more in their draft range fit just as well into Chip’s style of player he is looking for.
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