2011 Dolphins Draft: Wide receiver

With the draft fast approaching, we break down the Dolphins roster by position and examine the likelihood the team will spend a pick or more at that spot on the weekend of April 28-30. We begin this series by looking at the wide receivers.

The Dolphins paid a big price to land a star receiver last offseason when they gave up two second-round picks to Denver for Brandon Marshall. He teams with ultra-productive Davone Bess and Brian Hartline to give the Dolphins a solid top three at the position.

What's lacking, though, is a speedy threat to loosen up defenses — you know, someone like Ted Ginn Jr. but with better hands and more toughness. Marlon Moore, Roberto Wallace and 2010 practice squad member Julius Pruitt look like good prospects, but they're still unproven.

The reality is the Dolphins offense easily could succeed with its current corps of receivers, but that doesn't mean the team would be averse to adding a speedy wideout, particularly someone who could help out on returns as well.

The Dolphins might not use their first-round pick on a wideout, particularly if they can't trade down to recoup the second-round choice surrendered in the Marshall trade, but don't be surprised if they take a shot in the third or fourth round.