DAVIE - The Miami Dolphins used its sixth-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft to select Coastal Carolina receiver Matt Hazel, who set school records in receptions for a career.
Hazel, who was the 190th selection in the 2014 NFL draft, is 6-foot-1, 198 pounds.
"I went into this process with a chip on my shoulder. I have something to prove," said Hazel, who views himself as an all-around receiver. "I have to do what I have to do to get paid."
Last season Hazel, who ran a 4.49 40-time at the NFL combine, caught 70 passes for 990 yards and nine touchdowns.
He was the third player in school history to participate in the East-West Shrine game, joining Jerome Simpson (Vikings) and Josh Norman (Panthers).
Hazel joins a crowded Dolphins receiver unit, which also features the addition of LSU receiver Jarvis Landry, whom the Dolphins took in the second round on Friday.
Before the selection of Landry and Hazel the Dolphins had six receivers - Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, Brandon Gibson, Rishard Matthews and Armon Binns - who should make an NFL team's 53-man roster. The Dolphins typically carry five receivers on the 53-man roster, and two on the practice squad.
That means Hazel has work to do to make the 53-man roster.
Hazel was rated the 33rd best receiver in this deep receiver draft, but he's considered small for his size, and has "alligator arms" when it comes to pulling down some tough passes. He was projected as a fifth or sixth round pick.
"I thought I was going to go a little higher, but just being drafted by the Dolphins is a blessing," Hazel said.
Hazel caught the NFL's attention at the East-West Shrine game, and spoke to the Dolphins at the NFL combine.
"A lot of people told me I was the best receiver there," Hazel said. "My old coach told me I can play in the NFL, and I asked him what I had to do and I did it.
"I have a chip on my shoulder and I work hard."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun