NFL Nation: Edmond Gates

NFC West teams touched off two runs on wide receivers during the 2011 NFL draft.

Austin Pettis, selected 78th overall by the St. Louis Rams, was the first of four receivers selected during a six-pick span of the third round.

Kris Durham, selected 107th overall by the Seattle Seahawks, was the first of four receivers selected during an eight-pick span of the fourth round.

Which teams came away with the best receiving prospects? We'll revisit the subject as the players' careers progress. Some are heading to teams with established quarterbacks. Those players could have an early advantage.

The first chart shows all receivers drafted in the third round.

The second chart shows the first four receivers drafted in the fourth round. Baltimore also drafted one at No. 123, selecting Tandon Doss from Indiana.

Dolphins add burner to receiving corps

April, 30, 2011
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."