Can Landry end second-round funk?

May, 20, 2014
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The Miami Dolphins have had a recent history of second-round busts. This is one of the reasons Miami missed the playoffs for five consecutive seasons.

[+] EnlargeJarvis Landry
Marvin Gentry/USA TODAY SportsJarvis Landry had 77 receptions for 1,193 yards and 10 touchdowns in his 2013 season at LSU.
Since 2008, Miami drafted second-round picks such as quarterback Chad Henne, defensive end Philip Merling, quarterback Pat White, running back Daniel Thomas and offensive tackle Jonathan Martin. Thomas is the only player from this group still with the Dolphins, and all of these picks were made by former Miami general manager Jeff Ireland.

New Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey hopes to end that streak of second-round flops this year with former LSU receiver Jarvis Landry. Miami drafted Landry with the No. 63 overall pick in the second round, and he is expected to compete for Miami’s No. 3 receiver role behind starters Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline.

Miami got mostly good reviews in drafting Landry. He has very good hands, is tough and knows how to find openings over the middle. The only knock is Landry doesn’t have breakaway speed, which resulted in him falling to the bottom of the second round.

But if Landry is a productive player and contributes to Miami's offense immediately, he already will be ahead of the game with its recent second-round picks. Landry must compete with a deep group of receivers that also includes Rishard Matthews and Brandon Gibson. The Dolphins are also hoping 2013 second-round pick and cornerback Jamar Taylor can take a major step forward this season. He will have a chance to compete for Miami’s starting role opposite Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes.

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