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Dolphins Scouting Combine Preview

Travis Wingfield

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Indianapolis, for the final week in February, is a veritable who’s who of NFL executives, journalists, prospects, and fans. All the big names hoping to crack into the league, along with those that approve admission into the NFL’s fraternity, will gallivant around downtown Indy for the next four days.

By now you’ve seen hundreds, if not thousands, of mock drafts. You’ve pored over the list of team needs. And, for the determined, you’ve digested several YouTube videos to identify your own personal assortment of preferred prospects.

Part of this blog’s mission statement is to bring you the most valuable information from around the world of football – even if that means using unoriginal content.

Tyreek Hill falls short on the measurables, but he makes up for it with utter explosion. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Daniel Jeremiah’s appointment to NFL Network’s Lead Draft Analyst is a welcomed, much deserved promotion that will benefit the quality of the network’s draft coverage.

If you’re not familiar with Jeremiah, he co-hosts (alongside Bucky Brooks) the Move the Sticks podcast – the foremost NFL Draft podcast out there, for my money.

Among numerous valuable tidbits, Jeremiah introduced a template for how to watch the scouting combine. Previously a scout for the Ravens, Jeremiah shared Baltimore’s approach to establish baseline measurables for position groups.

Taking each starter at a position and, averaging those player’s measurables, spits out the ideal makeup for the particular position.

Going a step further, Jeremiah’s revised template requires calling upon only the top 10 players at any given positions. After all, we want difference makers, not average starters.

Jeremiah and Brooks covered this on a couple of the podcasts ranging from now back to mid-February, so I’ll borrow those numbers in addition to rounding out each position group.

NFL Average Measurable for Top 10 Players Per Position

Quarterback (Top 10 based on passer rating from 2018)

Height – 6-2 3/8”
Weight – 220 lbs.
Forty – 4.90
3-cone – 7.28
Vert – 30”

Running Back (Top 10 based on rushing yardage from 2018)

Height – 5-10 5/8”
Weight – 228 lbs.
Forty – 4.47
3-cone – 7.19
Vert – 36”
Bench – 20 reps

Wide Receiver (Top 10 based on receiving yardage from 2018)

Height – 6-0 ¼”
Weight – 205 lbs.
Forty – 4.48
3-cone – 6.98
Vert – 35”
Bench – 10 reps

Tight End (Top 10 based on receiving yardage from 2018)

Height – 6-4 7/8”
Weight – 253 lbs.
Forty – 4.64
3-cone – 7.11
Vert – 35”
Bench – 21 reps

Offensive Tackle (Top 10 based on PFF overall grades)

Height – 6-5 ½”
Weight – 312 lbs.
Forty – 5.09
3-cone – 7.69
Vert – 31”
Arm Length – 34 ¼”
Bench – 26 reps

Interior Offensive Line (Top 10 based on PFF overall grades)

Height – 6-4 ½”
Weight – 314 lbs.
Forty – 5.24
3-cone – 7.56
Vert – 29”
Bench – 25.5 reps

Defensive End (Top 10 based on PFF overall grades)

Height – 6-3 1/8”
Weight – 268 lbs.
Forty – 4.78
3-cone – 7.26
Vert – 34.5”
Bench – 23 reps

Defensive Tackle (Top 10 based on PFF overall grades)

Height – 6-3 ¼”
Weight – 311 lbs.
Forty – 5.11
3-cone – 7.32
Vert – 32”
Bench – 27 reps

Linebacker (Top 10 based on PFF overall grades)

Height – 6-2 5/8”
Weight – 243 lbs.
Forty – 4.72
3-cone – 7.13
Vert – 33.5”
Bench – 23.5 reps

Cornerback (Top 10 based on PFF overall grades)

Height – 6-0 1/8”
Weight – 201 lbs.
Forty – 4.52
3-cone – 6.98
Vert – 36”
Bench – 13 reps

Safety (Top 10 based on PFF overall grades)

Chauncey Gardner-Johnson is a quintessential Brian Flores safety. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Height – 6-0 7/8”
Weight – 206 lbs.
Forty – 4.58
3-cone – 7.07
Vert – 37”
Bench – 18 reps

There are plenty of outliers scattered about but, for the most part, the timed speed and strength/explosive metrics are relatively consistent. There is more value in how a player tests than how he stacks up on the measuring tape. Still, and this will always be the case, the film is the number one metric.

Combine Coverage and What to Watch

Day 1 – Running Backs, Offensive Line, Specialists

– Miami will be watching with a focus on the big uglies. The Dolphins approach the new league year with three, possibly four holes to patch up on the offensive line. Targets throughout all seven rounds will be linked to Miami. Whether it’s Garrett Bradbury, Chris Lindstrom, or Dalton Risner in the first round, or moving back to the middle of the draft with Erik McCoy, Lamont Gilliard, or Nate Davis, the line will be the primary focus of day-one.

Day 2 – Quarterbacks, Wide Receivers, Tight Ends

Dwayne Haskins intends to do the on-field drills, we’re still waiting for Kyler Murray’s decision, and the rest is…for lack of a better term, uninteresting. Jarrett Stidham should impress in his on-field drills, Daniel Jones and Will Grier will pale in comparison to the big arms of Drew Lock and Tyree Jackson.

– At receiver, look for bigger-bodied receivers capable of playing the boundary X position with an understanding for leverage, body-control, and perhaps NOT the most eye-popping test numbers. David Sills V is a picturesque candidate for this particular prototype.

– Tight ends could go in any which direction. Inline, flex, detached, Miami could stand to add any and all types at this position – perhaps even an H-back/fullback type.

Day 3 – Defensive Line, Linebackers

– The linebacker class is top-heavy and not on Miami’s priorities list. That’s a position you could conceivably cross off of the draft list sans late day-three picks and UDFAs.

– Interior and edge, the Dolphins have some needs in this area. Clelin Ferrell is available at pick 13 in plenty of mock drafts, he makes a lot of sense for the Dolphins. When watching the interior player workouts, make note of players with heavy hands and impressive eye-discipline.

Day 4 – Defensive Backs

– The Dolphins have needs all over the secondary (specific roles primarily) and could look to either of these positions. Adopting Flores’ scheme, the need for more bodies is urgent, not to mention vital to the operation of the new defense. DeAndre Baker, Nasir Adderley, Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Johnathan Abram, these are all targets with Miami’s top two picks.

Visits

Throughout the weekend, Locked On Dolphins will be tracking the list of Dolphins visits. As these players complete their on-field drills and testing metrics, they will head into the most important part of the weekend – the interviews.

We will scour the web (and cite our sources, of course) and keep a live document for every name attached to the Dolphins.

@WingfieldNFL

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Miami Dolphins select Ohio State’s Isaiah Prince in the sixth round

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With their sixth-round pick and 202 overall, the Miami Dolphins selected offensive tackle Isaiah Prince out of Ohio State

The Dolphins received the 202nd pick as part of the package in Day 2’s trade-down with the Saints. After moving down and chipping in their fourth-rounder, the Fins got the late sixth-rounder in return as part of the deal.

The Dolphins took Isaiah Prince out of another strong program that consistently shoots out offensive lineman, Ohio State. Prince’s teammate, Michael Jordan, went earlier on Day 3 to the Bengals.

Isaiah Prince is a tough evaluation. I wasn’t a big fan and Prince often times was on the losing end of the point of attack. He was called for numerous holding calls and I saw him on the ground a lot. This might be because he has less-than-ideal foot movement. I am interested to see how he factors into the Dolphins’ grand scheme. He might specialize in becoming the swing tackle.

Isaiah Prince is very raw, but the Ohio State pedigree for trench players speaks for itself, so this could turn into a good late-round pick with a little time and development.

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Dolphins Draft Wisconsin Linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel

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Miami had quite a wait before its first day-three selection. In the fifth-round, with the 151st-pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Dolphins selected Wisconsin Linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel. A JUCO transfer, Van Ginkel picked up 12 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss in his Badgers’ career (off the bench in 2017, starter in 2018). The linebacker added two interceptions, five pass breakups, and four forced fumbles.

The Dolphins have a glaring hole in the assumed Kyle Van Noy role, in a player that can play inside and outside at the linebacker position. Miami will attempt to develop Van Ginkel to set the edge in the running game, blitz the quarterback, and move all over the formation.

Combine Results

40-yard dash: Did not run
Bench Press: 17 reps
Vertical: 38 inches
Broad: 123 inches
3-cone: 6.89
Short Shuttle: 4.14

Van Ginkel has a similar build to Van Noy. At 6-foot-3, 241 pounds with 32 1/2 inch arms, the length and backfield production surely attracted Miami to Van Ginkel’s game.

Via that report from NFL.com, Van Ginkel plays with a high-motor, plays through injuries, and has the requisite athletic ability to play a multi-faceted role in the defense. His lean build and lack of power makes him a questionable edge-setter, which could prove problematic in the new defense. He allows blockers into his frame and doesn’t disengage very often.

Van Ginkel figures to make the squad on special teams and serve as depth in the linebackers room.

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What positions will the Miami Dolphins address on Day 3 of the Draft

Shawn Digity

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Charles Omenihu in the Sugar Bowl. Omenihu is still available on day 3 of the 2019 NFL Draft. Image courtesy of USA Today Sports

The Miami Dolphins still have four picks left in the 2019 NFL Draft. Which positions should and will be addressed by the time the dust settles on on the 209 NFL Draft?

With the trades that came yesterday on Day 2, the Dolphins are left without a fourth-round pick. They used pick 116 as a kickback-pick to the Saints when trading down from 48 to 62. Although they scooped the Saints’ 2020 second-rounder, the Dolphins will now have to wait until pick 151 to get their first selection of the day.

At 151, partway through the fifth round, the Dolphins could still get some good value. I would look for them to go in on the edge rushers. Some guys I would personally like to see at that pick are Arkansas State’s Ronheen Bingham, Eastern Michigan’s Maxx Crosby, Georgia’s Jonathan Ledbetter, Iowa’s Anthony Nelson, or Oregon’s Justin Hollins.

Charles Omenihu is surprisingly still available, but I expect him to be selected sometime during the fourth round. Here’s a more comprehensive list of available edge rushers from Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller.

I also expect the Miami Dolphins to address the offensive line again at some point during Day 3. Michael Deiter, the third-round pick, is a good start, but I’d like to see another draft pick get dedicated to the interior offensive line. I wouldn’t be upset to see the Dolphins select a right tackle, either, even if Jesse Davis is already tentatively penciled in there.

Some targets that I’d like in the later rounds include Clemson’s Mitch Hyatt, Notre Dame’s Alex Bars, Arkansas’ Hjalte Froholdt, Kentucky’s Bunchy Stallings, Florida’s Martez Ivey or Miami’s Venzell Boulware. Here are some more prospects that could be available later today for the offensive line. Here’s a second perspective from Kevin Brown on some of the talent still on the board for Day 3, as well.

The third position I’d like to see get selected is cornerback or safety. There are still some hidden gems available and some of them could still be available in the seventh round.  Some of my personal favorites include Sheldrick Redwine from Miami, Xavier Crawford from Central Michigan, Jimmy Moreland from James Madison, Hamp Cheevers from Boston College, Ka’dar Hollman from Toledo, and Blace Brown from Troy. Here are some rankings for the best remaining defensive backs.

The final position I would address is quarterback. Yes, you read that right. I’m still taking a flier on a late-round quarterback and keeping three of them on the roster for 2019. Josh Rosen is the new kid on the block, but I would nab someone like Garnder Minshew with the 234th and final selection for the Dolphins. For a better understanding of the late-round quarterbacks, here’s a piece I did talking about the deep-dive prospects.

Once it’s all said and done, I am hoping that the Miami Dolphins will have drafted several of these positions. Edge, DB, offensive line and quarterback are on the wish list for the remainder of the draft.

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