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There was talk that Miami wanted to take a late developmental quarterback, and they pull the trigger on Western Kentucky QB Brandon Doughty with their 1st 7th round pick.  Doughty has nice size at 6'3, 213 lbs, and was Conference USA MVP in both 2014 & 2015.  Passed for 5,055 yards with an incredible 48 touchdowns while completing 71.9 percent of his passes his senior year.

 

Here is the summary from NFL.Com.

 

Overview

Doughty put up one of the most productive back-to-back season passing performances in college football history the past two seasons. He was the Conference USA MVP in both 2014 and 2015, and won the 2014 Sammy Baugh Award winner as the nation's top quarterback while finishing as a finalist for the Manning Award for his senior season. He passed for 4,830 yards and 49 touchdowns as a junior while only throwing 10 picks in 552 attempts. Doughty followed that by leading the Hilltoppers to a C-USA crown and leading the FBS in passing yards (5,055) and touchdowns (48) for the second straight year. He also led the nation in completion percentage, finding his target 71.9 percent of the time. Doughty was in uniform at WKU for six seasons, receiving a sixth year from the NCAA due to losing most of the 2011 and 2012 seasons due to injury.

Analysis

Strengths

When he feels protected, can play a confident and intelligent brand of football. Strong understanding of the system and his options against every coverage. Reads safeties well and is willing to attack the deep middle. Comes in with a pre­-snap plan. Throws catchable ball with good touch. Able to play pitch and catch when he's in rhythm. Can drop a deep ball in the bucket with good air under it. Works through progressions and isn't a "Checkdown Charlie." Hits receivers in stride on vertical throws.

Weaknesses

Lacking NFL-­caliber arm strength. Doesn't have enough zip to challenge cornerbacks on field side throws. Will have to learn to live off of timing throws to compensate for lack of velocity. Can be rattled in the pocket and will throw without feet being set rather than sliding around in the pocket. LSU game got too big for him. Appeared to lose confidence and began rushing throws and footwork fell apart. Doesn't have athleticism to escape the rush or make plays with his legs.

Draft Projection

Rounds 6 or 7

Sources Tell Us

"I liked him a lot better this year and he really knows how to run that offense but there was a play against North Texas where he scrambled out of the pocket and had a chance to dive in for a touchdown but slid at the 1-yard line rather than take the hit and make the play. That's not good enough." -- NFC Southeast area consultant

Bottom Line

There are several games where Doughty plays with confidence, great accuracy and a winning understanding of his offense. However, when the heat is on he shows a lack of poise that can affect his footwork and touch. Doughty is missing an NFL arm or plus athleticism, but his production and ability to get through his progressions will get him a shot to prove the "system quarterback" label wrong.

 


 

 

 


 

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Miami added another piece to the secondary for DC Vance Joseph, as the Dolphins select SS Jordan Lucas with their 2nd 6th round pick.  Once again, going with the theme for the new Dolphins regime, Miami takes a Big DB, as Lucas comes in at 6'0. 201 lbs.

 

A 3 year starter and team captain, Lucas played cornerback for 2 years before moving to safety.  Versatile defensive back for Miami.

 

Here is the summary from NFL.Com.

 

Overview

Lucas was the first recruit to sign on with Bill O’Brien as the Nittany Lions fought through the rough times of the post-Joe Paterno era. He has played corner using his tenacious man-cover skills, and was also physical enough to move to safety (58 tackles, four for loss, two sacks along with nine passes defensed in 2014). His senior year was cut short due to injury (56 tackles, three pass breakups in nine starts), but Lucas could be a nice option in the slot for teams looking to regularly bring pressure from that area. Versatility is crucial in today's NFL, and Lucas has plenty to spare.

 

Pro Day Results


40-yard dash: 4.45 seconds
Vertical: 38 inches
Broad jump: 10 feet, 10 inches
Short shuttle: 4.21 seconds
3-cone drill: 6.78 seconds

Analysis

Strengths

Team captain and three-year starter. Played cornerback two years before moving to safety this year. Praised for his character and leadership. Doesn't need much runway to hit his burst gear to close. Plays with smooth feet and change of direction for the safety spot. Takes smart angles to the ball and rarely runs himself out of a play. Lined up over slots in sub-­packages.

Weaknesses

Has short arms and marginal speed. Lacks play­making instincts to put him in position to make more plays. Always seems to be a step slow to the ball from the safety spot. Labored disengage in run support when blocked by tight ends near line of scrimmage. Missed final three games and Senior Bowl with shoulder injury that will be combed over at combine. Hits like a cornerback.

Draft Projection

Rounds 6 or 7

Bottom Line

Has good size for a cornerback and was credited with 25 passes defensed (including three interceptions) when he played that position so teams may look to move him back there. Lucas' lack of speed could be an issue at cornerback and his marginal play­making instincts aren't endearing at the safety spot so he might have to shine on special teams to get a foot in the door early on.

 


 

 

 


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