Dolphins select Stanford WR/TE Elijah Higgins in 6th round of NFL Draft

Miami Dolphins general manager Chris Grier, left, and head coach Mike McDaniel, right, respond to questions during a news conference at the NFL football team's training facility, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) (Lynne Sladky, Copyright 2023 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins had to wait once again on Saturday, as their first selection of Day 3 didn’t come until pick No. 197 in the sixth round of the NFL Draft.

The Dolphins decided to stay put instead of moving around up or down the board and selected wide receiver/tight end Elijah Higgins from Stanford.

Miami met Higgins prior to the draft and hope he will fill out the role that Mike Gesicki left behind after the team’s former tight end signed with the New England Patriots during free agency back in March.

In 27 collegiate games, Higgins (6′3, 230 lbs) recorded 119 receptions for 1,380 yards and six touchdowns.

The Dolphins will make one more selection in the 7th round (pending no trades) at pick no. 238.


With their final pick in the 7th round (238) the Miami Dolphins decided to beef up their offensive line and select Ryan Hayes, OT, Michigan.

According to NFLDraftBuzz, Hayes allowed three sacks as Michigan’s left tackle in 2021 but none in 2022.

The Dolphins were expected to take a offensive lineman at some point in the draft as Terron Armstead will be turning 31 in July and former first-round pick Austin Jackson, 23, played in only two games last season.

Hayes could also see time at guard to help solidify the left side of the Dolphins’ offensive line.

Here are the Dolphins complete selections for the 2023 NFL Draft:

Round 2 (No. 51 overall) — Cam Smith, CB, South Carolina

Round 3 (84) — Devon Achane, RB, Texas A&M

Round 6 (197) — Elijah Higgins, WR, Stanford

Round 7 (238) — Ryan Hayes, OT, Michigan

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