Saturday, April 30, 2011
Dolphins add burner to receiving corps
By Tim Graham
The Miami Dolphins' offensive renovations continued on the third day of the draft.
They chose Florida center Mike Pouncey with their top pick Thursday night, traded up to draft Kansas State running back Daniel Thomas in the second round Friday night and then added Abilene Christian speed receiver Edmond Gates in the fourth round Saturday afternoon.
Those are three helpful pieces to surround quarterback Chad Henne with.
Gates is a raw prospect and shouldn't be counted on as an every-down threat right away. He has limited route-running skills. But he does have the straight-ahead speed to keep defenses honest and give Brandon Marshall and Davone Bess more room to work on intermediate patterns.
Gates can blow the lid off a secondary and has enough play-making ability to turn a bubble screen into a big gain.
Scouts Inc. had this to say about Gates: "Is at his best with the ball in his hands in space. Can take a quick-hitter the distance. Shows very good initial burst, can accelerate out of his breaks and he displays a big-time second-gear. Needs more work as a vertical route runner and with tracking the ball, but he has the burst and top-end speed to stretch the field."