Surya Fernandez takes a look at the players drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the 2015 NFL draft.
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DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville, first round (No. 14 overall)
The Miami Dolphins got the playmaker they coveted, filled a pressing need and didn't have to trade up to get him. By all measures, the Dolphins hit a home run with their first-round pick with a potential No. 1 receiver who can come right in and replace Mike Wallace's production at a fraction of the price. At 6-3, he's the tallest receiver on the team, and his mammoth wingspan will likely make him a top target for Ryan Tannehill and a red-zone threat the team desperately needed.
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Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma, second round (No. 52 overall)
Phillips brings plenty of size, strength and surprising mobility to the defensive line, but his selection in the second round was a head-scratcher. Miami had bigger needs to address, and Phillips has potential but only occasionally flashed it in college. General manager Dennis Hickey said Phillips was the best player available on their draft board. Plus, they did pick up extra picks by moving back a few spots. Miami will be hoping that playing alongside Ndamukong Suh will help speed up Phillips' development.
Miami had a clear need at guard and Douglas was a first-team All-Pac 12 selection who started 13 games as a captain in his senior year with Arizona State. Douglas has the size at 6-foot-3 with solid strength and is versatile, having played multiple positions on the offensive line. General manager Dennis Hickey indicated the team would place him at left guard and place Billy Turner, Miami's 2014 third-round pick, at right guard.
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Bobby McCain, CB, Memphis, fifth round (No. 145 overall)
A wiry, athletic cornerback who has a propensity for grabbing interceptions, McCain is a bit undersized at 5-foot-11 and 195 pounds but is a solid, overall player who has legit NFL skills. He returned four interceptions for touchdowns in his four-year career with Memphis and led his team last season with five interceptions for 59 return yards. He also returned 13 kickoffs for 326 yards so he will likely have a role to play in special teams.
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Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise State, fifth round (No. 149 overall)
Ajayi is a tantalizing prospect who slipped in the draft over injury concerns with his knee and he also tore his ACL in 2011. The 6-foot-0, 221-pound running back ran for 1,823 yards and scored 28 rushing touchdowns last season to set a Boise State record and he posted two games of 200+ rushing yards. Losing out on Todd Gurley in the first round may have stung a bit, but the team rebounded well this late in the draft with a solid pick that can take some pressure off starter Lamar Miller.
Miami had Thompson in for a visit leading up to the draft and clearly remained intrigued by his skill set. He can play as a safety (where he started all 13 games last year) or a corner, following a trend in which the Dolphins drafted players who can play multiple positions, and had 83 tackles and two picks last season. Though he is still raw, Miami hopes to develop Thompson while he plays behind Louis Delmas, who is still rehabbing his ACL injury.
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Tony Lippett, WR/CB, Michigan State, fifth round (No. 156 overall)
Lippett, listed at 6-foot-2 and 192 pounds, was very productive as a wide receiver for Michigan State with 65 receptions for 1,198 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior. Miami plans on using him as a cornerback however, where he started five games as a freshman and two as a senior. With his two-way versatility, the Dolphins got a lot of value for a late pick and a player who can potentially be plugged into a wide variety of scenarios.