When the Miami Dolphins lost Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, and Brandon Gibson this offseason, it was clear that the wide receiver position would have to be made a priority. A trade that brought in Kenny Stills and the free agency signing of Greg Jennings left Miami with a talented group of receivers, but they lacked a true number one. The Dolphins addressed this issue by selecting 6’3” DeVante Parker out of Louisville with the 14th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Parker oozes natural ability and athleticism. His long frame, which he will work on strengthening this offseason, gives him an unfair advantage against most of the cornerbacks he faced while playing for the Cardinals. Although his route running could use some refining, Parker makes up for it by simply out-dueling defensive backs for the football.
The Dolphins have found themselves a prototypical number one receiver in Parker. He can certainly improve on his route-running, separation, and strength, but these are things that can be taught and developed as he carves his role in the Miami offense. You can expect to see an abundance of highlight-reel plays from this young star for years to come.
This film analysis was completed by Efrain Ramos. Follow him on Twitter: @EfrainRamos
My analysis of Jamil Douglas is based on this one game that was played in 2013 against Wisconsin. I would not base my opinion of him on this one game. With that said, just going by the evidence I had available to me, I would say Douglas has a lot of work to do.
The good news is that all of it, besides one aspect of his game, is fixable. Hand placement can be fixed. Leverage is a learnable skill. Reps and experience will help him with his assignments at guard. But the biggest concern, the one that I do not see can be coached, is that he didn’t play with urgency. It’s not that I think it’s laziness - I hope it isn’t laziness - but I would like to see him get at it more. I would like to see him attack the defender and not wait on the defender. I hope it is an inexperience thing and he is thinking too much, rather than an effort issue. I woul-d like to see killer instincts and him being more proactive than reactive. I would like to see an explosion off the snap.
There are aspects of his game that are positive and just do not translate on pictures. He does have good feet. He is smooth and athletic. He comes from a zone blocking scheme. He has positional versatility. He is durable as he played in all games at Arizona State University. He is a leader and was a captain at ASU. When he plays with technique and violence, it is very pretty. With a coach that can teach technique and lose a boot in Douglas' behind, I can see a very productive offensive linemen for the Dolphins, but he will need some patience from the coaching staff to achieve that production.
Screenshots were taken from tape that was available on draftbreakdown.com. Due to the fact that college game tape isn't readily available, the quality of images aren't always the greatest. We work with what we are given though and the analysis is below in the slideshow.
This film analysis was completed by Matthew Knowles. Follow him on Twitter: @blueflamespcl