Draft Pick Analysis: WR B.J. Cunningham

WR B.J. Cunningham

What kind of players did the Dolphins get in the 2012 NFL draft? We break down each selection, looking at their college career and examining how they could fit into the team's plans. This installment looks at sixth-round pick B.J. Cunningham.

WR B.J. Cunningham

Selected: Round 6, 183rd overall

Size: 6-1, 211

College highlights: After redshirting in 2007, Cunningham became a starter right away and left Michigan State as the school's all-time reception leader. His numbers increased every year, from 41 in 2008 to 48, 50 and then to 79 as a senior in 2011. Cunningham averaged an impressive 16.5 yards per catch last year and scored 12 touchdowns.

Personal info: Cunningham also played basketball in high school, as well as completing in track and field and soccer. ... Born May 29, 1989. ... Majored in sociology at Michigan State.

How he fits in: After the trade of Brandon Marshall to Chicago, the Dolphins were left without a true No. 1 receiver, which Joe Philbin has said is no big deal in his offense. Cunningham clearly isn't going to be a No. 1-type guy, but he's said to be an ideal receiver for the West Coast offense because of his physicality and his ability to catch the ball in the middle of the field. Cunningham is the type of receiver the Dolphins don't have many of on the roster, so he's got a good chance of seeing plenty of action early despite being a sixth-round pick.

What he said: "I feel like my game is all around. I feel like I can bring physicalness at the receiver position. I block well, I can go across the middle, if the quarterback puts it on me I feel I can go out and get it, I can extend to get the ball, I can adjust to the ball. I feel like I'm blessed to be in this situation and I can't wait to get started."

What Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland said: "This guy's just a good football player. He's not the fastest. He's not the biggest. He's not the quickest. But he is one darn good football player and you can't have enough of those guys on your football team."

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