It was an eventful Friday night for Dennis Hickey.
After standing pat in round 1, the Miami Dolphins made three trades on Day 2 of the 2014 NFL Draft. First, the Dolphins traded the 50th pick to the Chargers for the 57th and an additional 4th round selection (125th overall). Once they were on the clock at No.57, they traded back once again, this time with the 49ers to acquire the 63rd and 171st picks.
The Dolphins finally made their first selection of the night, drafting WR Jarvis Landry. At the start of round 3, Hickey was more aggressive as he traded up with the Raiders for the 67th overall pick, sending picks 81 and 116 to Oakland. Miami then selected OT Billy Turner.
Round 2, Pick 31 (63rd overall): WR Jarvis Landry, LSU
NFL Network’s Mike Mayock had high praise for Jarvis Landry, calling the LSU wide out one of his top 10 favourite players in this draft and the most physical receiver in the class. He also considers Landry to have the best hands of any pass catcher in this draft and said “when you put the tape on to watch Odell Beckham play, you can’t tell which is Beckham”. For those wondering, Beckham was drafted 12th overall.
Landry is not known for his speed or explosiveness, but he is the type of receiver that will fight for the ball. Landry only dropped one pass last year, showing his ability to catch almost any ball thrown to him and has a knack for the highlight reel reception. He should soon become a go-to target for Ryan Tannehill.
This selection puts the roster status of Brandon Gibson, Rishard Matthews and Armon Binns in jeopardy, as it is highly unlikely that all 3 will make the final 53-man squad. Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald tweeted that Matthews is “not a Joe Philbin favourite.”
Landry plays a lot like Anquan Boldin…love the way he goes after the ball. — Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) May 10, 2014
Round 3, Pick 3 (67th overall): OT Billy Turner, North Dakota St.
The Dolphins elected to go with another offensive lineman to protect Tannehill. Turner is a very raw prospect that plays with aggression and nastiness. He played left tackle in college but will likely slide in as a guard with the Dolphins. Whether or not he will be able to contribute from day 1 remains unclear, however he has all the tools needed to succeed. With such a high ceiling, Turner has the potential to be one of the steals of the draft.