Miami has recently signed receivers Damian Williams, Kevin Cone and Mike Rios. They also reportedly offered a contract to Nate Burleson. There are also reports that the Dolphins are planning on selecting a WR early in the draft like Marqise Lee, Brandin Cooks, Kelvin Benjamin, Donte Moncrief, Odell Beckham Jr. or Martavis Bryant, most of whom the Dolphins have already met with or plan on meeting with before the draft. Why all of the sudden interest in a position ? It could be several reasons: Is it because Hartline, Gibson and Binns are all recovering from serious knee injuries? Could it be that the Dolphins are looking for a replacement for Mr Wallace, who’s grossly overpaid despite his game-changing speed, isn’t worth the outrageous salary cap number $17.25 million. Perhaps it is Gibson who the Dolphins are eager to replace. He’s due $2.7 million in 2014 after a serious knee injury after all. Not to mention that Matthews, a much cheaper option, looked just as capable, if not more so, in the slot after Gibson went down for the year. For me, the explanation is very simple- you see at first glance, the Dolphins’ wide receiver corps appears to be one of the club’s strongest units. If healthy, they could be very dangerous but on second look that is not the case. The new Miami Dolphins GM Dennis Hickey has had that second look and HE GETS IT. He gets it that: -The Dolphins receiving corps unit are good but not great - They just don’t complement each other very well. - No alpha-dog WR or “F” or Feature WR. All you need to do is listen to Jets’ players last game of the year. They said Hartline is their number one and once he was injured nobody on that roster scared them, hence the loss. -No Yard-After-Catch or RAC among playmakers in 2013. Dolphins were ranked 23rd in the league in RAC as a team. In 2013, Hartline was 58th in the NFL in RAC yards and Wallace was 70th. Charles Clay was 41st with 382 RAC yards. This was huge especially if you’re going to be running a WCO which is mostly predicated on YAC. - They lack size at the position. At 6-foot-2, Hartline is Miami’s tallest target among those who contributed in 2013, but he plays smaller than his size when compared to highly athletic pass catchers. It’s clearly easy to see how Miami struggled in the red zone in 2013 because they lacked a big body receiver. -In conclusion, the new GM gets it that in this league you can never have enough weapons, it is a “passing league” and you just can’t have enough play-makers at the WR position. It is clear what Hickey is doing and that is getting players to fit the scheme the Coach wants to run. Just like he did with the offensive line, he is doing with the WRs. Whatever the case, it’s clear the Dolphins are entertaining the possibility of selecting a wide receiver with one of their top three picks.