Jarvis Landry simply didn’t feel right. His legs were cold and tired.
But he ran the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine nonetheless. It was a mistake. He pulled up with a lame hamstring and clocked an ugly 4.77-second split.
Some saw Landry’s slow run as a warning sign. Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey viewed it as an “opportunity.”
Hickey capitalized on Landry’s stock slide and nabbed the LSU wide receiver late in the second round Friday, making him the first of two Dolphins picks in less than a half-hour.
Four selections later, the Dolphins took North Dakota State offensive tackle Billy Turner, a strong candidate to start on Miami’s reconstructed line this fall. Landry went 63rd; Turner was pick No. 67.
The bunched selections were the result of three trades — the first two moved Miami back from 50 to 63 in the second round, and the final vaulting the Dolphins from 81 to 67.
In all, the Dolphins made deals with San Diego, San Francisco and Oakland on Friday. The net result: an extra fifth-rounder (171st overall) and a move back in the fourth round from 116 to 125.
“It was like a day on the trading floor,” Hickey quipped. “A lot of movements.”
Expect the same kind of volatility on the Dolphins’ depth chart in the months to come.
Landry, who had 77 catches for 1,193 yards and 10 touchdowns during his junior season, joins a Dolphins team that returns its top nine receivers from a year ago.
He will presumably compete with Brandon Gibson, Armon Binns and Rishard Matthews for playing time behind Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline. Gibson and Binns are both recovering from significant knee injuries.
Landry, a virtual lock to make the team, is the first receiver the Dolphins have taken in the first or second rounds since 2007. That pick was Ted Ginn Jr.
The hope, surely, is that Landry has a better career in Miami.
He has already proven to be resilient. Landry bounced back from his disappointing combine showing to run a 4.61-second 40 at LSU’s Pro Day. Also there: fellow receiver Odell Beckham Jr., taken by the Giants with the 12th pick on Thursday.
In Baton Rouge, Beckham was seen as the fast Tigers receiver and Landry the physical one.
How did Landry see it?
“I was the reliable one,” said a confident Landry, who admitted to getting choked up while speaking with South Florida reporters Friday. “It’s a very emotional time for my family and I.”
Hickey praised Landry’s ability to play both outside and in the slot, and also mentioned his special teams acumen.
“He does so many things to help teams win,” Hickey added.
In Turner, the Dolphins are getting an unknown but versatile lineman out of the Football Championship Subdivision. One of 11 small-school players who attended the Senior Bowl, Turner showed that the size and speed of big-time football weren’t too much for him.
Turner, whose father (Maurice Turner) and brother (Bryan Kehl) both played in the NFL, can play all five positions on the football field. The Dolphins presumably took him to fill their final hole on the line — left guard.
His selection came a day after Hickey took Tennessee right tackle Ja’Wuan James in Round 1. Miami last used two of its first three picks on offensive linemen in 2003 (Wade Smith and Taylor Whitley).
“I’ve played the left side, the right side, I’ve played guard, tackle or center,” Turner said. “Wherever they want to plug me in, I’ve played.”
Turner — 6-4, 315 pounds — started the final 56 games at North Dakota State and was a unanimous All-American his senior year. The Bison won the FCS national championship in each of Turner’s last three years on campus.