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Dolphins Select DeVante Parker at 14th Pick – Full Analysis

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The Miami Dolphins selected former Louisville Cardinals wide receiver DeVante Parker with the 14th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. During Parker’s collegiate career, he totaled 156 catches for 2,775 yards and 33 touchdowns.

Here’s what our Football Insiders experts thought of the selection:

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“With Todd Gurley already off the board, the Miami Dolphins decided to help out Ryan Tannehill with a real playmaker in DeVante Parker. Parker won’t have the usual pressure of a first-round pick as the Dolphins signed Greg Jennings in free agency and traded for Kenny Stills, not to mention tight end Jordan Cameron. With all of those options around him, Parker is in a perfect position to learn his craft.  This was another pick that we nailed in our mock draft.” – Charlie Bernstein

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“There was no question the Miami Dolphins would be drafting a receiver early in this draft, and they didn’t waste any time going out and selecting Louisville’s DeVante Parker with the 14th overall selection. Parker gives Miami another solid outside receiver, and while he may add depth behind Jarvis Landry and Kenny Stills in the immediate future, he could be the Dolphins top option by 2016. Miami knew they needed to add talent at the receiver position, and they landed one of the top pass catchers in the draft in Parker.” – Pat Donovan

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“The Dolphins needed a down-field threat after running off the flaky Mike Wallace. Parker can fill that need better than anyone else who was on the board at No. 14. Ryan Tannehill could be a very good quarterback with the right players around him. The Dolphins are a franchise that is trending in the right direction, finally.” – Alex Hickey

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“The Dolphins have to be thrilled to see a receiver of DeVante Parker’s caliber drop to No. 14 overall. In many other drafts, Parker would have been the best receiver on the board, simply for his blend of size and ability to make difficult catches due to his elite hands. He doesn’t have the speed to get separation from every corner, but he’ll make all the catches in traffic and break away from tacklers for extra yards. I really like what the Dolphins are doing with that offense. Ryan Tannehill has pretty much all the weapons he needs now to take Miami to the next level.” – Devon Jeffreys


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