Of all the possibilities the Miami Dolphins are juggling in picking No. 14, with those expertly outlined here, I am told by sources three names have emerged as the most likely picks this evening.
Apparently in that order.
Parker gets the slight nod over Gurley because, well, he's healthy and Gurley is not quite there yet. Gurley, who had knee reconstruction surgery in November, is said to be at around 75-80 percent in his rehab work without doing full lateral movement yet. He is expected to miss the season's first month (conservatively) but the player is shooting for being ready for training camp.
But as there is at least a significant possibility Parker will be gone by the time the Dolphins pick, Gurley is more than just a name I've been pushing in this space, on my twitter or on numerous radio interviews I've done.
He is legitimately a consideration at No. 14 for the Dolphins. This is for real.
Indeed, outside NFL sources are telling me Gurley is so talented, so impressive when healthy, he might be gone before Miami picks at No. 14, also. He is a hot name today and several people I speak with are saying you pick him for the long-term rather than the first month of his rookie season.
Perriman, the UCF wide receiver and son of former Detroit and Miami wide receiver Brett Perriman, is in the conversation as well. He ran that sub 4.3 time at his Pro Day. And the Dolphins are convinced talk of his inconsistent hands is mostly that -- talk.
They are increasingly comfortable with his hands and believe they will improve even more.
One caveat: If Gurley/Parker/Perriman or two of the three are there at No. 14, the Dolphins may be tempted to auction the pick as long as they are convinced they can get one of the players in the trade back.