New general manager Dennis Hickey traded down twice in the second round before selecting Louisiana State receiver Jarvis Landry. Hickey then traded up to acquire North Dakota State tackle Billy Turner in the third round.
“For every trade that’s consummated, there are about 12 to 15 calls, so it’s a lot of work,” he said. “There was a lot of movement we felt was beneficial.”
With the selections, the Dolphins further upgraded an offense that added Tennessee right tackle Ja’Wuan James in the first round Thursday. Miami has five picks in the final three rounds Saturday.
Hickey’s reaction at the time?
“I thought, ‘Opportunity,’” the GM said. “Whenever someone doesn’t run as fast as you think they run, you go back to the tape and see how fast he plays. Jarvis Landry played fast at the highest level versus excellent corners and safeties and produced. He was able to get open.”
Landry blamed a right hamstring injury for his time at the combine. He later ran a 4.51 at Louisiana State’s pro day.
Landry and his close friend Odell Beckham Jr., a first-round pick by the Giants, made up the most prolific receiving tandem in LSU history. Was Landry the more physical of the two, and Beckham the speed guy?
“I was the reliable guy,” Landry said with a chuckle.
A short time later, the Dolphins made their third trade of the night to move up and select Turner with the 67th overall pick. Miami traded a third- and fourth-round pick to the Oakland Raiders to move up.
Turner played on three consecutive Championship Subdivision championship teams at North Dakota State. His father, Maurice, played for five years in the NFL with the Vikings, Packers and Jets, and brother Bryan was drafted by the Giants in 2008.
The Dolphins have only one returning starter on an offensive line that was woeful last year. Turner is expected to compete for a No. 1 job at guard, but his versatility will give coach Joe Philbin some flexibility.