Fin Thirteen's 2014 Must Have Player
So, I'm not a guy who researches and digests everything about every player in the draft. Like a lot of people I comb the web and record games to look at interesting players at positions the Dolphins might want.
every year I stumble on a guy that I just can't believe people aren't more excited about. A player who isn't getting the draft grade or recognition his ability or potential deserves (to me anyway). A guy who I refuse to believe wont be a great player in the NFL regardless of what everyone else thinks
in 2010, it was Mike Williams WR, who went to TB in the fourth.
In 2011, it was Delone Carter RB, who went to the Colts (everyone's allowed an outlier!)
In 2012, it was Russell Wilson
In 2013, it was Kiko Alonso.
This year, there are a whole load of players I like that people don't seem to be writing much about. Yawin Smallwood, Joel Bitonio, Isaiah Crowell, DaQuan Jones, JaWuan James, Jimmy Ward, Jared Abbrederis, Brett Smith, Arthur Lynch.
But there's a player I'm watching that I just can't get my head around in terms of upside. His potential looks unbelievable to me. He wasn't expected to come out, so perhaps that's partly why nobody's discussing him much.
Martavis Bryant WR of Clemson. This kid has had academic issues, poor attitude, didn't apply himself, was in the shadow of Hopkins, Watkins, Ellington and Boyd. Suffice to say, he didn't maximise his potential.
But this season, he got an ultimatum from the coaches and has turned his game around. He's still very raw (unlike Russell Wilson or Kiko Alonso), but he is a 6'5" sub 4.4 kid with an unbelievable catch radius, superb body control, the blocking of a TE, a renewed and excellent on-field attitude and is absolute money in the redzone against any coverage.
I've watched 7 or 8 games of his and my belief in this kid is unshakable. The team that takes Bryant in the fourth (where he's currently being mocked) is getting a steal. He'll have limited impact in year one, is my guess, but he will explode into an elite receiving talent in the NFL.
Route running is a clear current deficiency and he needs to beat the jam a little better against press. But he just burns corners routinely, beats guys draped all over him to the ball, puts his body in the right places and is one of the most willing blockers you will find.
I don't know if there's a WR in this draft I'd prefer, in any round. I doubt it, teammate Watkins included.
Interested to hear others take on him, though it won't affect my opinion! He's my 2014 Must Have Player.