Getting To Know Our Rookies : Elijah Higgins

Miami Dolphins
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born:October 27, 2000 (age 22)
Kyle, Texas
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:234 lb (106 kg)
Career information
High school:Bowie High School
(Austin, Texas)
College:Stanford (2019-2022)
NFL Draft:2023 / Round: 6 / Pick: 197
Career history
Miami Dolphins (2023-Present)

Player Bio

Higgins started one game in his true freshman (no receptions in 12 appearances) and sophomore seasons (15-176-11.7 in six games). He then became a focus of the offense in 2021, starting nine of 10 games played (45-500-11.1, four TDs). The following year, he led the Cardinal with 59 receptions (704 yards, 11.9 per) and scored twice in 12 starts, receiving honorable mention All-Pac-12 Conference platitudes. — by Chad Reuter


Draft grades for Higgins could vary depending on how teams envision using him in their offense. While teams might see him as a big possession receiver with limitations, he appears to have the necessary tools to become a dynamic F tight end with the ability to work all three levels of the field. Higgins has average ball skills but can run a more robust route tree than most tight ends. Also, he has the frame and technique to be an adequate run blocker in space. He might never be more than a backup at receiver but could blossom for an offense ready to plug him into two tight end sets.


  • Big slot receiver with potential to become a pass-catching tight end.
  • Will rough up crowding coverage at the top of the route.
  • Runs routes with rhythmic feet and well-timed breaks.
  • Breaks out patterns with crisp cuts and tight angles.
  • Consistently creates room to throw for quarterbacks.
  • Has speed to attack the seam with success.
  • Elusive after the catch with a runner’s field vision.
  • Gets into blocks with strong grasp and balanced base.


  • Just six receiving touchdowns in 40 career games.
  • Below average push in his drive phase.
  • Missing second gear to run down the deep throw.
  • Catch radius and focus are very average.
  • Slightly disappointing success rate catching through contact.
  • Might need to prove he can engage and block linebackers.

My Take

It was a longer wait than many expected, but Miami finally drafted what we assume to be our TE we have been looking for since the 2nd round. He is more of an H-Back/ TE / big body WR that can be used in many ways. I am not sure how his blocking is, but he is more of a pass catching TE to work along with the other TE’s on the roster to improve his game. 

I am happy we drafted a TE but not to beat a dead horse I would rather it was Washington. 

Grade C+

Welcome To Miami Elijah Higgins

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