2017 Miami Dolphins Draft Prospects: Wide Receiver Kenny Golladay

Taking a look at some of the Miami Dolphins options for the NFL Draft, today we look at Northern Illinois wide receiver Kenny Golladay.

Oct 15, 2016; DeKalb, IL, USA; Northern Illinois Huskies wide receiver Kenny Golladay (19) carries the ball past Central Michigan Chippewas during the third quarter at Huskie Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Continuing our new daily series, we continue to take a look at players the Miami Dolphins may consider selecting at some point during the 2017 NFL Draft. While these players may not all be first round quality, this series will look at players across all the rounds that the Miami Dolphins could select during the draft process.

Moving on from the potential day three selection of outside linebacker Trey Hendrickson, today, we take a look at a player who could also be a day three selection for Miami. Possibly looking to add another big man to their receiving depth, the Dolphins could look to add Northern Illinois star Kenny Golladay.


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Starting out his career at the University of North Dakota, Kenny Golladay made a soft impact at the school upon his arrival. Following the firing of the team’s head coach, Golladay transferred to Northern Illinois and became an instant hit for the team. After sitting out a season, Golladay was named to the All-MAC second team his junior season.

Moving on up to the All-MAC first team a year later, Kenny Golladay has continued to produce and improve. Recording 18 receiving touchdowns over his two seasons with NIU, Golladay also recorded over 2,000 yards during the same time period.


Possesses great height as the arm length to match. Should be someone that can be targeted near the endzone and on “throw it up” plays. Has the room to add more size and muscle to his frame going forward. Steps into his routes with purpose. Long strider who can quickly get past cornerbacks and get over the top.

Good hand fighter that has the ability to create vertical separation. Catches the football away from his body and has the extension that coaches love to see in big wide receivers. Large catch radius given his length and arm size. Works back to the ball and also possesses good instincts when in space.


Route running ability is way below average for an NFL receiver. His lack of size will allow him to be knocked off his route and also loses track on timing routes. Lacks the runaway speed needed to get past faster secondary players. Will struggle against bump-and-run coverage at the next level. Below average awareness along the sidelines.

Needs to leverage more of a throwing lane when he is along the boundary. Also needs to develop a sense of where the boundary is located on certain routes. Route work fails to create tilt against defenders. Needs to better disguise his routes at the next level. Is not someone that can be counted on as a run blocker.

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