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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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Miami added another weapon to the offensive and special teams side of the ball when they added Texas Tech WR Jakeem Grant.  The 5'6, 165 lbs Grant has great speed, 4.38 40 speed that translates to the football field, and I consider him a BETTER version of Trindon Holliday.  He had 90 catches for 1,268 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2015, capped by a 10 catch, 125 yards and 3 touchdowns against LSU in the bowl game.

 

He is also a tremendous kickoff return man and has 4 career kickoff return for touchdowns.

 

Here is the summary from NFL.Com.

 

Overview

Grant had 90 receptions for 1,268 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2015. All of those totals were career-highs during his four-year career at Texas Tech.

 

Pro Day Results


40-yard dash: 4.38 seconds
Vertical: 36 1/2 inches
Broad jump: 9 feet, 9 inches
Short shuttle: 4.06 seconds
3-cone: 7.01 seconds
Bench: 15 reps of 225 pounds

Analysis

Strengths

Eye-­popping long speed. Athletic with outstanding play speed and not just a straight­-line "track guy". Can access the nitrous out of his breaks and leave defenders with recovery work to do. Speed outs, whip routes and drags will always be open. Subtle but shifty in space and shows ability to find daylight if help doesn't come flying in after the catch. Has four kick return touchdowns during career. Torched LSU with 10 catches for 125 yards and three touchdowns in the Texas Bowl including a 46-yarder against CB Tre'Davious White.

Weaknesses

Hard to ignore his diminutive frame. Scouts are concerned about ability to hold up against NFL hitters. Small catch radius requires more accurate quarterback. Gears down unnecessarily at times within his routes. Limited route runner on collegiate level and often used as "catch and run" weapon. Average ball tracker down the field. Tagged with 23 drops over last three seasons. Gets in hurry as kick returner and needs more patience.

Draft Projection

Rounds 6 or 7

NFL Comparison

Trindon Holliday

Bottom Line

Grant's size will immediately eliminate him from many draft boards, but teams looking for pure speed, a kick returner and a slot option who can add new wrinkles to an offense may have Grant on a target list. Grant might be small, but he doesn't play small and he’s certainly not a novelty act. Grant's pro day workout might have created enough buzz to warrant a third-day selection.

 


 

 

 

 

 


 

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