Talent Runs Deep For This 2022 NFL Receiving Corps

June 18, 2022

How far does the talent go with the Miami Dolphins wide receivers?

The Miami Dolphins has the fastest duo of wide receivers in the NFL. Tyreek Hill is a proven NFL Pro Bowler and Jaylen Waddle is quickly on his way. Cedric Wilson isn’t exactly slow. But aside from the top trio of receivers in the corps, Miami’s receiving talent runs deeper than that.

This 2022 Receiving Corps Has Deep Talent

With Hill, Waddle, and Wilson at the top of the depth chart this season, there are nine more talented receivers competing for the remaining three spots for the final 53-man roster. Those receivers are Dolphins fourth round pick Erick Ezukanma, Lynn Bowden, Jr., Tanner Connor, Cody Core, River Cracraft, Devonta Dedmon, Braylon Sanders, Trent Sherfield, and Preston Williams. Some of those players will remain on the Dolphins as practice squad members when the season starts. But to determine which ones will make the roster and which ones won’t is a hard task only the coaches will be able to decide.

After 6’3″ DeVante Parker was traded to the New England Patriots earlier this year, there was a myth circulating that the Dolphins don’t have any big receivers left to take long strides downfield like Parker did. But that is farthest from the truth. Four Dolphins receivers are all over six feet tall. Wilson is 6’2″, Connor is 6’3″, Ezukanma is 6’3″, and Williams is 6’4″.

Williams has spent most of his young career injured, missing multiple games. But if he can overcome the injury bug, then he may return to the version he was at Colorado State where he had 14 touchdowns and 1,345 receiving yards his junior year.

Ezukanma was so talented as a receiver at Texas Tech that he was placed on the Maxwell Award and Fred Biletnikoff Award watch lists. While at Texas Tech, he led the team in receiving yards for three consecutive seasons and averaged 15.7 yards per reception for his career. If Ezunkanma makes the 53-man roster, he will be playing under receiving coach, Wes Welker, another Texas Tech alumni.

Bowden, Jr. is probably the most versatile player on the Dolphins. He is a wide receiver but was drafted as a running back by the Las Vegas Raiders. However, he was a quarterback, running back, and wide receiver in college. In 2019, he won the Paul Hornung Award, an award for the most versatile player at a high-performance level in college football. During his junior season at Kentucky, he rushed for 1,468 yards with 13 touchdowns, caught 348 yards with one touchdown, and passed for 403 yards with three touchdowns.

Despite several of the Dolphins receivers entered the NFL undrafted, including the aforementioned Williams, talent is not lacking. Both Cracraft and Sherfield joined their former offensive coordinator, new Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel this off-season, who all were previously on the San Francisco 49ers. In the short playing time that Cracraft has had, he’s averaged over 12 yards per reception and Sherfield has averaged over 11 yards per reception.

Even though Core was signed to a reserve/future contract as Cracraft and Dedmon were, he still has the potential to be on the forefront of competition for the final roster spot. He has NFL experience, being in the league for five years, and has averaged close to 12 yards per reception.

When it comes to aggressive raw talent, Connor is someone that will be in the middle of that conversation. He’s built like a tight end at 6’3″ and weighing 226 pounds and he is fast. He had an outstanding pro day, even doing tight end drills. He averaged over 17 yards per reception in college. He is the son of former NFL player Andy Connor. With a work horse mentality, Connor had said he will do whatever it takes to make it in the NFL.

Dedmon played his first three professional seasons in the CFL. He was primarily used as a return specialist. In those three seasons he returned 2,841 yards with four touchdowns from combined punt and kick returns.

When it comes to ability, probably one of the best kept secrets is Braylon Sanders. For his college career at Mississippi, he averaged over a whopping 21 yards per reception for 1,453 yards and ten touchdowns from just 69 receptions.

There is a lot of talent on the Dolphins this season. The wide receiver group is loaded with it. The competition to make the roster is on. It can be assured that whichever receiver makes the cut for the Miami Dolphins won’t be void of talent.