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Dolphins bringing in another high-end receiver; UM loses out on a top target

Quick Saturday evening update:

### If there was one position you would think the Dolphins wouldn’t have to spend much time or resources on this offseason, it’s receiver.

With Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, Brandon Gibson, Rishard Matthews and Armon Binns, it would seem to be among Miami's strongest positions.

But the Dolphins continue to express interest in several of the draft’s high-end receivers, raising questions about their longterm plans with their current receivers.

A source confirmed today that the Dolphins are using one of their 30 permitted non-local visits on LSU receiver Odell Beckham, who many analysts believe could be selected in the top 20.

Beckham told Sirius Satellite Radio today that he plans to meet with Miami, and a league source confirmed he's visiting Davie this coming week.

That means the Dolphins are using at least four (and possibly more) of their maximum 30 permitted visits on high-end receivers. USC’s Marqise Lee, projected to go in Miami’s range, visited this past week. Mississippi’s Donte Moncrief and Clemson's Martavis Bryant, two potential second-rounders, also have booked a visit.

And Miami also has been linked to two other receivers expected to go in the late teens or early 20s: Oregon State’s Brandin Cooks and FSU’s Kelvin Benjamin.

Which all raises the question: If the Dolphins are perfectly content with their receiver group, why are they summoning several potential first- and second-round receivers to Davie?

Due diligence? Perhaps.

But having the receivers travel to team headquarters and meet with the coaches and front office suggests more than simple due diligence, especially because the Dolphins already have met with all these receivers at the Combine.

The Dolphins consistently have denied Jason LaCanfora’s report that they’re shopping Wallace, and Wallace is also under the impression that the story is not accurate.

But if the Dolphins do add a receiver in the first three rounds, it will raise questions about their intentions with Wallace in 2015 and beyond.

Beckham, by the way, caught 59 passes for 1152 yards and eight touchdowns last season. Mel Kiper projects him to go 15th in his latest mock draft, four spots before Miami picks. “He can run by defenders and does a great job of creating space underneath,” Kiper said.

He displays "remarkable vision, agility and acceleration," according to NFLDraftScout.com analyst Rob Rang.

Hartline, Gibson and Binns are all coming off knee injuries, but the Dolphins have said all will be back for the start of the season. And Miami recently signed former Tennessee Titans receiver Damian Williams to compete for the team's fourth or fifth receiver job.


UM today lost out on two of its top targets in the 2015 recruiting class when Coconut Creek Monarch’s Shawn-Burgess Becker and his teammate, receiver Calvin Ridley, orally committed to Alabama.

Burgess-Becker and Ridley are visiting Alabama this weekend. Former UM assistant Mario Cristobal has been recruiting both of them for Alabama.

Burgess-Becker, a four-star prospect, is rated the nation’s No. 6 athlete by rivals.com and the 73rd-best prospect overall.

Ridley, a five-star recruit, is rated the No. 1 receiver and 11th best prospect overall.

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