Just because the Miami Dolphins might not select a wide receiver in the first round of Saturday’s draft doesn’t make it any less of a priority position.
With the 20th overall selection, the Dolphins could select whom they consider the top-rated receiver remaining on their draft board. Louisiana State’s Michael Clayton, Oklahoma State’s Rashaun Woods, Washington’s Reggie Williams, Wisconsin’s Lee Evans and Ohio State’s Michael Jenkins are receivers with first-round skill who may be available.
…”Everyone agrees five to seven receivers will be taken in the first round,” said John Murphy, the scouting director for the Draft-Network.
—Alex Marvex, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel “Tremendous talent and variety at wide receiver for NFL Draft”
The Dolphins traded up to the 19th spot to take University of Miami offensive tackle Vernon Carey. Carey started 107 games over eight seasons with the Dolphins, retiring after the 2011 season.
There were seven receivers taken in the first round of the 2004 draft, including five in the top fifteen picks.
Larry Fitzgerald was taken 3rd overall by the Cardinals. In ten seasons with the team, he has 846 receptions, 11,367 yards and 87 touchdowns.
Roy Williams was taken 7th overall by the Lions. He spent five seasons with the team before playing three seasons with the Cowboys and one with the Bears. He retired after the 2011 season with 393 receptions, 5,715 yards and 44 touchdowns.
Reggie Williams was taken 9th overall by the Jaguars. He spent five seasons with the team before being released. He has since made brief appearances in the AFL and CFL. He has 189 receptions, 2,322 yards and 18 touchdowns in his NFL career.
Lee Evans was taken 13th overall by the Bills. He spent seven seasons with the team before being traded to the Ravens. He spent one season with the Ravens and then an offseason with the Jaguars. He has not appeared in an NFL game since the 2011 season. He has 381 receptions, 6,008 yards and 43 touchdowns in his NFL career.
Michael Clayton was taken 15th overall by the Buccaneers. He was with the team until his release after the 2009 season. He spent portions of the 2010 and 2011 seasons with the Giants and has not appeared in an NFL game since. He has 223 receptions, 2,955 yards and 10 touchdowns in his NFL career.
Michael Jenkins was taken 29th overall by the Falcons. He spent seven seasons with the teams before signing with the Vikings before the 2011 season. He was signed by the Patriots after the 2012 season, but released in the 2013 preseason. He currently has 354 career receptions, 4,827 yards and 25 touchdowns.
Rashaun Woods was taken 31st overall by the 49ers. He spent two injury-plagued seasons with the 49ers and was traded to the Chargers before the 2006 season. He spent offseason time with the Chargers and Broncos but did not appear in a game. In 2007, he briefly played for the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts and Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He has 7 career receptions, 160 yards and 1 touchdown.