2013 NFL Draft Picks By Team: Dolphins
A very raw, long, and lean prospect, defensive end, Dion Jordan is one of the leaders on the Oregon Ducks. Given his tremendous frame, the sky is the limit as long as he can continue to add bulk as his career progresses in the NFL.
Jordan is a very good athlete with a good first step and burst. Still requires coaching up in his technique. Relies on long arms to push away defenders. He needs to add strength in his upper and lower body. Projects as 3-4 OLB.
Plays at his best against the run when in pursuit. Not built to handle powerful blockers head-on. His quick first step works best when it gets him into favorable position early. Not particularly aggressive and will sometimes fail to seal the edge contain. He has experience playing as a defensive end. Jordan is very tough and committed. No questioning his motor or hustle. In a few years, he may be able to play 4-3 DE, but must add weight and more power to his game.
He has dramatically climbed to the top of draft boards after a great showing at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Jordan projects as a Top 10 choice in the 2013 NFL Draft.... [Read More
Boise State Jamar Taylor continues the Broncos' recent trend of putting early round picks in the NFL draft. Taylor shined at the combine and validated his ranking as one of the top corners in the 2013 class.
Taylor is at his best re-routing receivers at the line of scrimmage and matching them step for step with good fundamentals and near-elite speed. Can get sloppy with his technique on occasion and give up easy short receptions. Plays a notch slower in full pads compared to his testing times. Smooth in his lower half and has a very good back pedal. Good instincts, tracks the ball well and athletic enough to go for the interception away from his body. Adequate height and length.
Does well to evade blockers in run support. Can weave his way through heavy traffic to lay a solid hit on the ball-carrier. Taylor has trouble with bigger receivers blocking him and must learn to use better hand placement to shed blocks. Stays aggressive in the red zone, sometimes to his detriment.
Taylor projects as a second round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.... [Read More
Tennessee offensive tackle prospect Dallas Thomas is a quick, efficient blocker with serious upside as a left tackle in a zone-blocking scheme.
Thomas is very flexible and bends well in order to establish leverage and maintain position. A really high ceiling pass blocker who is lean enough to move well in open space, yet has the frame to bulk up a little if necessary. Great get-up off the line and he'll need that due to a lack of strength in his lower body. Must learn to stay low and drive from his butt and up to his core then through his hands. Tends to lean when he gets tired and needs to bring more consistent effort.
A very smart blocker. Doesn't get out of position and plays his assignment. Communicates very well with his left guard. Good feet and adequate footwork. Not a drive run blocker. Better when he can move to a spot in order to build forward momentum. Locates well at the second level. Shows better footwork as a run blocker with active feet.
Thomas projects as a mid to late second round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.... [Read More
Utah State Aggies cornerback Will Davis is an early round prospect with quick, choppy feet and a risk-taking play style.
Good change of direction skills and footwork. Inconsistent fluidity when flipping his hips to turn upfield. Lacks the recovery speed to bounce back when beaten by a double move. Lacks physicality to his game. Must stick his match-up more fiercely in press-man coverage. Tackling skills are lacking and prefers to wrap-up and hang on. The fundamentals are lacking almost across the board. Man-to-man coverage feels a step behind too often. Better in zone, but his inconsistent tackling make him a risky option since one missed tackle can be broken for big gains.... [Read More
Florida Gators outside linebacker Jelani Jenkins was a big-time high school recruit who opted to declare for the 2013 NFL Draft after his junior season.
Sophomore tape makes him look like a late-first round pick when in coverage, and seemed to take a step back in junior year. Excellent coverage skills. Great feet, sound technique, excellent burst. Injuries kept him out of a few games in his junior season. Ideal fit as a weakside linebacker. Undersized, but makes up for that lack of ideal height with a frame that could add more bulk while maintaining his solid athleticism. Plays tough as a tackler, but must learn to take on blocks better. Can be eaten up by blockers. Mind ties up feet too often, making him a step late. Great range against the run, but played better as a sophomore.... [Read More
Michigan State Spartans tight end Dion Sims certainly passes the eyeball test. A big bodied prospect who also has soft hands and may be able to contribute some depth as a rookie.
Sims is well-rounded right now and could use polish across the board. Has the frame and length to develop his blocking. Should have no issues as an in-line blocker. Must maintain a better pad level, staying low and sinking his hips. He has soft hands and can catch balls away from his body. His large frame does create some issues with flexibility when twisting back or bending down for a catch.
Long striding speed and lacks a second gear. Does a good job quickly transitioning upfield after the catch for more yards. Former basketball player and boxes out nicely.
Strong punch when blocking. Latches on well. Identifies defenders at the second level and can take them out of the play. Tough, but not a true mauler. Above-average balance and footwork at this stage. Solid route runner and must be more crisp in and out of his breaks. Long, fluid acceleration.
Sims projects as a fourth round prospect in the 2013 NFL Draft.... [Read More
Florida running back Mike Gillislee was an underutilized talent with the Gators who never really earned a chance to show his skills until his senior season. Good acceleration in and out of his cuts. A hard runner with many good attributes. Runs behind his pads. Good feet. Fights for extra yardage after contact. Feels his way through the hole at times and could be more aggressive or decisive. Can make guys miss. Average speed, but plays faster than timed speed. Can catch the ball well. Needs more discipline with bouncing runs outside. Ball carriage needs work.... [Read More
Florida Gators kicker Caleb Sturgis is one of the more well-regarded kickers in this class. Two-time Lou Groza award finalist. One of the all-time scoring leaders in SEC history. Converted 70 FGs in his career, sixth-most in SEC history and a school record. Very accurate through his career (79.5 percent). Should challenge for a starting spot once entering camp on most NFL teams. Average leg strength, needs to work on kickoff depth. Trajectory a bit inconsistent. Likely needs to quicken his approach.... [Read More
Arkansas State safety Don Jones is a former two way player with size and speed potential. Ran a 4.4 at his pro day. Exceptional special teams player. A developmental safety prospect. Played RB and DB in high school and began his collegiate career as a running back. A low-risk, high-reward prospect who will need to hustle his way onto a 53-man roster. Track and field background. Willing tackler and has a long way to go in terms of sound coverage technique. Undersized for the position, must add more strength.... [Read More