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Miami added another wide receiver in the draft with the selection of Coastal Carolina WR Matt Hazel.  Hazel has adequate size at 6'1, 198 lbs and nice speed, as he clocked a 4.47 40 at the combine.  Polished player that runs solid routes, flexible and balanced with the body control to make smooth adjustments on erratic throws. Proper patience and decisiveness in his routes to deceive defenders and create room to work. Sinks his hips and drives out of his breaks with natural footwork. Stays light on his feet as a ballcarrier and in his patterns. Works hard after the catch and won't concede yards.  Has lined up inside and outside and has run the full route tree.  Concerns are that he lacks ideal size and bulk and can be overpowered as a blocker.  Good, not elite speed to seperate.  That said, his skill set translates well into the NFL.



Matt Hazel Highlights


Round 6, Pick 14
Matt Hazel, WR
Coastal Carolina | Senior
Hometown: North Augusta, SC
6-1 / 198 lbs.



Hazel has above-average size and strength. He isn't a burner but runs quality routes, has reliable hands and has sneaky run-after-catch ability. Hazel has a chance to be a steal.


Production 3
2010: (11/3)  20-276-13.8-5 2011: (11/9)  32-488-15.3-62012: (13/13)  61-799-13.1-8 2013: (14/14)  70-990-14.1-9

Height-Weight-Speed 3
Average height, adequate bulk and good top-end speed. Average hand size (9 1/8') and adequate arm length (31 3/8').

Durability 3
Missed Senior Bowl with tight hamstring. Slowed by injuries in 2011. Missed 2010 season opener with illness.

Intangibles 2
Majored in sociology and graduated. Religious. Credits father for work ethic. Credits teammates for success.

1 = ExceptionaL | 2 = Above average | 3 = Average | 4 = Below average | 5 = Marginal


Separation Skills 3
Above average release. Uses upper body fakes and changes tempo to set up breaks. Adequate burst and footwork needs to be crisper at top of stem. Rounds off and telegraphs outs and ins. Lean and can get muscled out of routes. Locates pockets in zone looks.

Ball Skills 2
Had one pass pop off hands during four-game evaluation and doesn't always field the ball cleanly but natural pass catcher that extends and snatches. Tracks ball well. Opens and adjusts to back shoulder passes. Can absorb contact and hold on. Wins contested jump balls. 36.5 inch vertical and times jumps well.

Big play ability 3
Fast enough to get downfield and compete for 50-50 balls. Sells double moves but doesn't have the second gear to run by NFL corners when they don't bite. Flashes ability to make first defender miss and good quickness after catch. Doesn't show breakaway speed.

Competitiveness 3
Doesn't take eyes off ball or slow down to locate defenders over middle. Can go to ground to avoid big hit but overall effort is good after catch. Adequate effort, positioning and strength as a blocker. Questionable effort when has to turn into defender.

1 = Exceptional | 2 = Above average | 3 = Average | 4 = Below average | 5 = Marginal




Adequate body type with room to get stronger. Not a burner, but shows good acceleration and long strides to build up speed in his routes. Very good focus and hand/eye coordination to catch everything in his area with his hands.

Flexible and balanced with the body control to make smooth adjustments on erratic throws. Proper patience and decisiveness in his routes to deceive defenders and create room to work. Sinks his hips and drives out of his breaks with natural footwork. Stays light on his feet as a ballcarrier and in his patterns. Works hard after the catch and won't concede yards.

Experience lining up inside and outside, running a full route tree in college. Level-headed and works hard to improve. Durable with 39 career starts on his resume. Improved production each season and broke many of Jerome Simpson's school records, including single-season catches (70) and career catches (183).

Lacks ideal bulk and strength for the position and is too easily out-muscled and pushed around. Overmatched as a blocker and plays too light and passive in this area. Needs to do a better job in traffic and use his body more assertively.

Lacks dynamic burst to consistently separate and won't fool anyone with his moves after the catch. Limited vertical threat. Room to improve his footwork and awareness along the sideline. Will round off some routes and needs to continue and progress in this area. Didn't face top-flight competition each week at the FCS level.

--Dane Brugler


A little-known two-star high school recruit, Hazel received some attention from FBS-level programs, including a scholarship offer from Georgia, but not until after he signed with Coastal Carolina.

Hazel showed steady progression each season and quickly established himself as the team's top target, improving his stats and starts each year. He finished his career at or near the top of almost every school receiving record and was a big reason Coastal Carolina advanced to the FCS playoffs three of his four seasons on campus.

Hazel isn't sudden or explosive and lacks the speed to be a consistent deep threat, but he is decisive and polished in his routes - very seasoned for a FCS prospect. He is a determined, natural hands-catcher who is dependable when the ball is in his area, but he needs to spend considerable time in the weight room.

Too much finesse to his game, but his reliability catching the ball gives him a chance in the NFL, likely as an underneath possession target.






Prepped in South Carolina. As a true freshman in 2010, played 11 games (three starts) and caught 20 balls for 276 yards (13.8-yard average) and five touchdowns. Missed the season opener against West Virginia (illness). Started 9 of 11 games in 2011, with 32 catches for 488 yards (15.3-yard average) and six touchdowns. Started all 13 games in 2012 and posted 61 catches for 799 yards (13.1-yard average) and eight touchdowns. Started all 14 games in 2013 and produced 70 catches for 990 yards (14.1-yard average) and nine touchdowns. Hurt his shoulder against Hampton and did not play against Elon. Led the Chanticleers in receiving his final three seasons. Owns CCU career and single-season receptions records. Was the third player in school history to participate in the East-West Shrine Game, joining Jerome Simpson (Vikings) and Josh Norman (Panthers).


Good functional football-playing speed. Accelerates off the line and can create separation. Tracks the deep ball well, contorts his body in the air and can make difficult catches look easy. Can create after the catch and make the first defender miss on bubble screens out of the slot. Willing blocker -- displays surprising toughness for his size to mix it up with linebackers. Fared well vs. better competiition (see South Carolina). Comes from a very supportive family and has strong personal and football character. The game is very important to him.

Not physically strong with a lean body build, small hands and short arms. Can be knocked off routes by tight press coverage. Average strength and elusiveness after the catch. Looks for a landing spot before contact (hears footsteps). Alligator arms appear in traffic and bodies the ball along the sideline. Shows some tightness in his body coming out of breaks and routes could use more refinement.

Round 7-Priority free agent

A smooth, fluid, athletic small-school receiver with the hands, body control and concentration to earn a roster spot and develop into a solid contributor.

-Nolan Nawrocki




You knew the Dolphins wanted to add an ILB, as they attempted to add D'Qwell Jackson during free agency.  With their 2nd 5th round pick, the Dolphins take Montana ILB Jordan Tripp.  Tripp brings quick diagnoses ability and comes down hill with urgency in the run game and is around the ball a lot.  Has that high motor and intensity that you want in your ILB, and is very tough and very competitive.  Dedicated to the weight room and has nice size and speed at 6'3, 234 lbs, and ran a 4.67 40 with a 37 1/2 vertical.  Lead linebackers in the combine in the 20 yard shuffle with a 3.96 and the 3-cone drill with a time of6.89.  Concerns are he has short arms and can stay on blockers and could do a better job of using his hands to stack and shed blockers.  Tough, dedicated kid that was 2 time team captain and special teams contributor also.  The game is important to him.



Jordie Tripp Highlights


Round 5, Pick 31
Jordie Tripp, OLB
Montana | Senior
Hometown: Missoula, MT
6-3 / 234 lbs.





Production 1
2009: (15/0)- 23-0-0 2010: (11/11)- 99-9-3.52011: (3/3)- 18-1.5-0 2012: (11/11)- 95-13.5-5.52013: (13/13)- 100-5.5-2 Career: 10 FR, 5 FF, 8 PBU, 5 INT, 1 Block

Height-Weight-Speed 2
Tall with adequate bulk and room on frame to grow. Good straight-line speed (4.64 40-dash). Short arms (30 3/4') and average hand-span (9 5/8').

Durability 3
In 2011, suffered season-ending shoulder injury vs. Eastern Washington (required surgery) and redshirted. Otherwise has been durable throughout career, starting all 35 games in 2010, 2012 and 2013 combined.

Intangibles 1
Overachiever with great work ethic and passion. Elite football character and intelligence. Exemplary leader. You want this guy in your locker room. Works with special needs children. Team captain. Experienced long snapper that could serve emergency role in NFL. Parents are Bryan and Lisa Tripp. Father, Bryan, was starting LB in 1989-90 and grandfather, Gene, played and lettered in the 1960's.

1 = ExceptionaL | 2 = Above average | 3 = Average | 4 = Below average | 5 = Marginal


Instincts/Recognition 3
Aggressive player. Takes many false steps. A bit out of control at times. Reads key quickly and attacks (often times over-aggressively). Does an adequate job of reacting to ball but often times forced to redirect after overextending initially. Gets sucked up inside on too many zone runs. Above average awareness and good discipline in zone coverage. Does not abort zone responsibility too early when QB scrambles.

Take-on Skills 4
Has short arms. Needs to improve as a hand fighter. Takes too long to get off blocks.
Range vs. Run 2
Lacks ideal change-of-direction skills but shows adequate-to-good quickness and straight-line speed. Above average overall range as run defender, in part due to excellent motor and intensity level.

Tackling 4
Shows some striking power at point of attack when squared up and in good position for initial contact. But not reliable enough in this department. Overextends too often as a tackler and winds up lunging or diving for too many attempted tackles. Struggles a bit in open field as a tackler vs. quicker ball carriers. Too many missed tackles in space and winds up on ground too often.

3rd Down Capabilities 3
Has quick feet but is high in pedal. Adequate depth on drops. Aware and disciplined in zone coverage. Adequate man-to-man versus tight ends but too tight to consistently hold up versus NFL RBs and no chance versus slot WRs. Struggles to redirect. Allows too much separation. If in position to contend, has surprisingly good ball skills for LB. Short, choppy steps as pass rusher. Doesn't eat up enough real estate with first few steps. Is relentless with effort but struggles to counter when reached.

1 = Exceptional | 2 = Above average | 3 = Average | 4 = Below average | 5 = Marginal




Possesses broad shoulders, a slim waste and a powerful lower half, looking the part of an NFL linebacker. Highly instinctive defender. Seemingly is always around the ball. Recovered 10 fumbles over his career.

Quickly steps up in run support, slipping past would-be blockers to meet backs in the hole. Tough. Willing to sacrifice his body to take on the double-team and will attempt to build a pile to jam things up for his teammates to make the easy play.

Good lateral agility to avoid and has enough strength and arm-length to shed. Patient tackler. Breaks down well, waiting for the ballcarrier to commit before latching on for the drag-down tackle.

Good vision and recognition in coverage. Balanced and fluid when dropping back, presenting a surprisingly tough matchup for running backs and tight ends. Helped himself with a solid week of practice at the Senior Bowl.

Despite his reputation, plays with a little more finesse than physicality. Grabs and swings ballcarriers to the ground, on occasion, rather than accelerating through them.

Loses containment responsibilities by getting too caught up with blockers. Missed all but three games of the 2011 season with a shoulder injury which required season-ending surgery.

COMPARES TO: K.J. Wright, OLB, Seattle Seahawks - Like Wright, Tripp possesses the instincts to play in the middle but his fluidity and length could also see clubs view him as more effective on the perimeter. A selection outside the top 100 is likely, but Tripp could develop into a surprising starter.

--Rob Rang


Tripp was a relative man amongst boys at the FCS level, earning a spot among the finalists for the Buck Buchanan Award as the best small school defender in the country. The third-generation Grizzly also proved that he could handle the jump in competition by enjoying a solid week at the Senior Bowl.

In some respects, Tripp is the stereotypical small school linebacker, as he is highly instinctive, tenacious and a team captain.

Don't sell Tripp short, however. Besides sporting a legitimate NFL frame, he's also a fluid athlete with good closing speed. He possesses the length and burst to intrigue as a pass rusher but only posted 11 sacks over 40 career games (25 starts) because he was more dangerous handling the run from the middle and dropping back into coverage.

As such, proponents of the traditional 4-3 alignment may find Tripp a good fit.






Montana native whose father and grandfather also played for the Grizzlies. Jordan also ran track in high school. Was primarily a special-teams player as a true freshman in 2009 (wore jersey No. 44), tallying 23 tackles, zero for loss and zero sacks in 15 games. In '10, started 9 of 11 games at strong-side linebacker and was credited with 99-9-3.5 with three pass breakups and an interception return for a touchdown. In '11, managed 18-1.5-0 in three starts at SLB before suffering a season-ending torn right labrum injury. Moved to the weak side in '12 and started all 11 games, notching 95-13.5-5.5 with two pass breakups, an interception, four forced fumbles and a fumble recovery touchdown. Started all 13 games at WLB in '13, registering 100-5.5-2 with two pass breakups, three interceptions, a forced fumble, a blocked kick and a fumble recovery touchdown. Two-time team captain. Wore Montana's legacy jersey No. 37 his final two seasons. Participated in East-West Shrine Game and Senior Bowl.


Triggers fast downhill vs. the run. Diagnoses quickly and is around the ball a lot. Outstanding motor, intensity and effort. Extremely competitive. Very tough. Outstanding weight-room work ethic. Sculpted with very minimal body fat. Elected team captain. Exceptional character. Emergency long snapper (started all four years). Has a special-teams temperament. Takes the game very seriously. Athleticism was on display at the combine -- paced linebackers with a 3.96-second short shuttle, recorded a 6.89-second 3-cone drill and vertical jumped 37 1/2 inches.

Has short flappers and gets stuck on blocks. Can do a better job using his hands to stack and shed. Plays a bit too out of control. Tightness shows up in space trying to break down and secure open-field tackles (misses too many). Wound tight in coverage and not quick to redirect (allows separation).

Rounds 5-6

A tough, determined, competitive overachiever capable of earning a job as a backup linebacker and special-teams performer.

-Nolan Nawrocki




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