The case for a WR
Here's my opinion: That is a good stable of receivers for a 9-7 team. For a team that is trying to do as Chris Chambers said and host the Super Bowl, not so great.
Chambers is indeed a surging force in this offense. I look for him to benefit tremendously from the addition of Daunte Culpepper and I sense in him a greater willingness to step out as a leader and performer on offense. If he were a stock, he'd be offering dividends.
But after that there is a lot of uncertainty.
First I thought it was a big mistake to lose Bryan Gilmore. He was relatively cheap to keep on the team (He went to SF for $585,000 this season) and he was a tough competitor with the rare combination of upside and experience.
Marty Booker is a good player -- perhaps the only good starter Rick Spielman brought to Miami -- but he'll be 30 years old this year and is on a financial time clock that is ticking. Booker is signed through the 2008 season, but his salary that year is $4.3 million which is quite expensive for a No. 2 receiver. That means the Dolphins have only this year and next with Booker under a more reasonable salary even as he continues to age.
Finally, Welker is pound-for-pound the toughest player on the Dolphins. If he were a dog he'd be a pitbull. But he is what he is -- a good No. 3 receiver and special teams specialist. He's not the future at the position.
That means the Dolphins need help, especially when you consider that they have invested sooo much on getting Daunte Culpepper. The biggest mistake a team can make is to have a great quarterback and foofs at WR.
You simply do not hire a gunslinger and not give him ammunition. Jimmy Johnson did that in the late 90s and he wasted Dan Marino's final few seasons as a result.
So you need to give Culpepper enough instruments to make beautiful music. I'm not saying the Dolphins MUST take a receiver in the first round, but I could understand it if they do, and failing that, I expect they'll take one in later rounds.
I don't know but I do know who it won't be: Ohio State's Santonio Holmes and Florida's Chad Jackson will be so outta here by No. 16, it won't be funny.
But Miami's Sinorice Moss will probably still be hanging around, if for no other reason than he's 5-8 and 185 pounds. Wisonsin's Brandon Williams, Notre Dame's Maurice Stovall, Pittsburgh's Greg Lee and Arizona State's Derek Hagan will also be available, although it's unlikely they are first-round type players.
One guy I LOVE for his later-round potential is Todd Watkins of BYU. He's almost as fast as Moss, he likes to block which is rare, and he's 6-2 1/2. Yes, the guy needs polish, but that's the reason he's not going in the first round.