Getting To Know Our Rookies: Jakeem Grant

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Jakeem Grant
No. 19 Miami Dolphins
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: October 30, 1992 (age 23)
Place of birth: Athens, Texas
Height: 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight: 161 lb (73 kg)
Career information
High school: John Horn (TX)
College: Texas Tech
NFL draft: 2016 / Round: 6 / Pick: 186
Career history

Jakeem Grant (born October 30, 1992) is an American football wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Texas Tech. (Wikipedia)

With the 186th pick in the 6th round of the 2016 NFL Draft the Miami Dolphins select WR Jakeem Grant 5′- 6″ 161 LBS from Texas Tech . This diminutive multipurpose player was one of the fastest players in the draft but was not invited to the NFL combine because they didn’t think he would be drafted. Though small in stature he has a big heart and a strong will to succeed and I am sure he is a many of fan favorite to make the team.  Speed is the one thing you can’t teach you either have it or don’t and Jakeem is loaded with speed.

CBS Sports Draft Preview Says:

A three-star wide receiver recruit out of high school, Grant committed to Texas Tech over Louisiana Tech, Iowa State, Tulsa and several others.
After redshirting in 2011, he started three games as a redshirt freshman in 2012, recording 33 catches for 287 yards and three scores. Grant started eight games in 2013 as a sophomore and posted 65 receptions for 796 and seven touchdowns, earning All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors. He led the team in receiving as a junior in 2014 (11 starts), finishing with 67 catches for 938 yards and seven touchdowns to earn All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors.Grant had his most productive season as a senior in 2015 with 90 receptions for 1,268 yards and 10 touchdowns, earning Second Team All-Big 12 honors.

STRENGTHS: Instant speed and hits his top gear with his first few steps, eliminating pursuit angles…slippery runner and tough for tacklers to square him up due to smaller strike zone – like trying to tackle smoke…best in space where he can utilize his elusive start/stop suddenness and can make defenders miss in a phone booth…weaves through the defense with fearless vision…vertical speed to stack cornerbacks and pull away late…tracks the ball well over his shoulder, catching the ball in stride…zone buster and creates quick separation…toughest player on the team, according to the Texas Tech coaches…averaged 6.0 yards per rush on end-arounds and backfield screens (33/199/2)…extensive kick return experience, averaging 24.9 yards per return with four career scores (87/2,169/4)…motivated by his three young children (Jakeem Jr., Kaylie, Kylie)…productive career, leaving Lubbock with several school records, including receiving yards (3,289).

 

WEAKNESSES: Short, undersized frame and not getting any bigger…small window for quarterbacks to target – struggles to expand his catch radius…not a natural hands-catcher with too many drops and body catch attempts, fighting the ball…anxious route runner, taking too many steps at the top of patterns and rounding his breaks – limited route tree…can be muscled off his route path and lacks jam experience in the Big 12…poor point of attack blocker and struggles to sustain…doesn’t have any experience as a punt returner…six career fumbles and needs to improve his ball security…undersized frame leads to durability questions, missing parts of several games of his career due to nagging issues – suffered a laceration to his chin following an off-campus shooting (Oct. 2014).
IN OUR VIEW: A three-year starter, Grant steadily increased his role and production each season as an inside receiver for Texas Tech, passing Wes Welker and Michael Crabtree for the top spot on the school’s all-time receiving yards list. He is dynamic with the ball in his hands with bat-out-of-hell speed and loose wiggle to create something as a rusher, receiver or return man.
There isn’t anything Grant can do about his size, but he needs to add polish to his routes and catch point technique to see next level snaps on offense. If he is able to limit the mistakes and stay healthy, Grant has a pro future due to his big play potential – his odds of sticking on a NFL roster increase greatly if he develops into a punt returner.

 

It is exciting to see this guy in action and if he can  stay healthy and make a name on special teams first then he can become a special weapon on offense that will create mismatches to the Dolphins advantage.

You have to love an underdog and Jakeem Grant might just be that one guy that continue to prove the naysayers wrong, he is a little man with a huge chip on his shoulders and an inner confidence that is hard to deny. Should he make the roster he will be a weapon the coaches will use at will.

They are calling him Mighty Mouse in camp

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As the seer sees it: 2016 Season

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It’s time to reflect on the 2016 Miami Dolphins after the moves made this off season; like the hiring of head coach Adam Gase and the direction they appear to be headed as well as the two things they need to do better moving forward.

There’s something different about Adam Gase besides him being the youngest coach in the NFL  it  is his ability to reach his players and the way in which he does it  there also is a feeling by many that the Dolphins finally got this one right. (See Is He The One)

Another thing that seems to be so appealing about this guy is what others feel about him from a newly retired Peyton Manning who took the time to stop in and visit our head coach. The irony being that there was a time when the Dolphins pursuing  newly released  Colts QB Peyton Manning to be our QB had to fly across the country just to meet him when he refused even stop in and visit  Miami during his free agent tour.

Gase has a self-assured (borderline cocky) attitude that will be tested as the 2016-17 season begins because the schedule Gods have not been kind to the Dolphins. Adam and the Dolphins will be tested early and how his teams responds when adversity meets this young first time head coach is when we will see if he has the makeup to coach his team through the bad times that just might highlight his first season as Miami ‘s head coach.

What should we be looking for from this Dolphins team this coming season? Should expectations be lowered? Will a bad season have a negative affect on Ryan Tannehill?

Expectations are already low as many predict another year of mediocrity for our Dolphins most thinking no more than 7 wins. I have them at 9 wins and should they meet or exceed that total the 2016 season will be viewed a success. Another season of 7 wins or less will only frustrate an already frustrated fan base and give an overly aggressive and annoying Florida media more fuel to add to the fire.

How can we measure success?

The key factor that I have been harping on throughout the Joe Philbin  ERROR (pun intended) are two areas that to me define good teams.

  1. Good Teams win the majority of their home games
  2. Good Teams dominate their division

The Dolphins have been terrible these past few years in both areas and to start to change that the Dolphins must attack both issues in the order I listed.

Miami must first change the culture that coming into the Stadium with no name there is a 50-50 chance  for our opponents to win but make it a place no-one wants to visit. This team needs to protect their house better! The Dolphins under Joe Philbin went 16-16 at home and an abysmal 8-16 division record.

Miami’s poor division record was just unacceptable, it showed that the coaching and teams within our division performed better against us culmination in being 1 game away from being swept by our division last season. (Miami Beat New England)

Adam must change those two areas and if they can improve in just those two areas this team will finally begin to compete not only within our division but in the league. It will not easy because we have a tough schedule, we face one of the best teams in the NFL twice a year in the  Patriots, and an improving Jets and Bills teams that will both challenge for the 2nd spot at worst in the division.

Forgetting the past?

There is nothing more frustrating than to hear so many folks crying about the past and associating any changes with what was done in past times. So it was refreshing to see Dolphin players creating a narrative that anything in the rear view mirror is in the past and that they are focused on the present and hopeful towards the future.

We will find out real soon as the Dolphins will hit the season running and most likely face adversity early but have a chance with the right mindset to turn any adversity into an opportunity to change their culture and start to build a legacy of winning by beating teams they should beat and stealing a game or two they are projected to lose.

Change can be good and for some reason I truly feel good about the changes made by the Dolphins and the hiring of Adam Gase. It just seems like all the past dysfunction and incompetence are behind us and the arrow is pointing up. Is this just that early preseason blind faith that I am clinging on? I will say that last season despite many predicting a Dolphins team that would challenge within our division I was not sold on a Joe Philbin lead team and voiced my opinion early.

Like I said a 9-7 season or better would be a success for this young head coach and I do feel it is attainable if they just do better in areas that the better teams in the NFL does starting with winning at home. Is 6-2 doable? Can they at least go .500 or better in the division? Can Adam back up his self-assured ways with actual wins?

The next scapegoat?

There is no doubt who is in line to be tossed of the island should Miami fail  to meet minimal expectations this season.

It is no other that Ryan Tannehill as his time is up and another failed season will fall more on his shoulders than any other person and I can say rightfully so because there are no more excuses. This team has gotten rid of everybody but Ryan and the pressure from the media and fans will be real should the Dolphins have a bad season. The Dolphins through the draft and free agency have addressed the offensive line and seem to have added quality depth in addition to the top rated OT in the 2016 NFL Draft.

They also drafted unexpectedly heavily on offensive players this year as 6 out of the 8 draft picks were offensive players.

It will not be easy as Ryan is now having to go through his 3rd offensive coordinator in 4 years. Learning a new offense is not easy and when you are under the gun to  have no excuses as the team also hired the QB whisperer to aid in his development much is expected from QB position in Miami.

There are so many unknowns heading into this 2016 NFL season. Hopefully the Dolphins will prove some who have low expectations wrong. It will take all that Adam Gase  is being praised for

“I think coach Gase is one of the most brilliant minds in football, so having him be the head coach of the Miami Dolphins now does not come as a surprise to me.”                    Brock Osweiler

He will need his A game from that start and throughout and he also needs his QB to take that next step up.

Getting To Know Our Rookies: Leonte Carroo

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Leonte Carroo
No. 88 Miami Dolphins
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1994-01-24) January 24, 1994 (age 22)
Place of birth: Plainfield, New Jersey
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 211 lb (96 kg)
Career information
High school: Ramsey (NJ) Don Bosco Prep
College: Rutgers
NFL draft: 2016 / Round: 3 / Pick: 86

Leonte Carroo (born January 24, 1994) is an American football wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Dolphins in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He played college football at Rutgers. (Wikipedia)

With the 86th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft the Miami Dolphins selects WR Leonte Carroo 6′-0″ 211 LBS from Rutgers in what was a complete surprise as I was under the impression that Miami would seek more defensive help especially bringing in more youth at LB, DE, and even another CB or two. Miami’s new GM stuck with his draft board and took players they targeted and the fact that they traded back into the 3rd round for Carroo says they really wanted him and paid quite a bit to draft him. (See Crazy Draft Day Trades)

CBS Sports Draft Preview Says:

Carroo’s 2015 season started off strong with seven catches for 181 yards and three touchdowns through two games before he was charged with simple assault and suspended two games. He returns with a flourish, racking up a combined 14 catches for 291 yards and six touchdowns against Michigan State and Indiana.

Carroo finished the season with 39 catches for 809 yards and 10 touchdowns in just eight games, averaging a career-high 20.7 yards per reception.He earned an invitation to the Senior Bowl, where his big-play ability and strong hands impressed NFL scouts during practices. Carroo said he wasn’t concerned about measuring in a shade under 6-feet at 5-11, 7/8.

“No, not at all,” Carroo told NJ Advance Media. “Because I’m a player that plays like I’m 6-foot-4. I just have to go out there and show the scouts that I may be a hair under six foot, but I’m not going to play like I’m under six foot. I’m going to play like I’m a 6-foot-5 receiver.”

In his first season as a starter in 2014, Carroo finished near the top of every receiving category in the Big Ten, including catches (55), receiving yards (1,086), touchdown grabs (10) and yards per catch (19.7). Despite streaky quarterback play for the Scarlet Knights, he became the sixth player in school history to eclipse the 1,000-yard receiving mark and earned First Team All-Big Ten honors.

 

STRENGTHS: Solidly built with firm muscle definition for his frame. Displays terrific athleticism and body control to be a threat all over the field, changing gears well with vision to weave through defenses.Detailed route-runner who understands how to fool defensive backs in his routes, using timing to bait and get the hips of defenders turned in his breaks. He also proven an impact player on special teams coverage.

WEAKNESSES: Only ordinary height and length. Arrested and charged Sept. 12 with simple assault under domestic violence and suspended two games by the program.

COMPARES TO: Golden Tate, Detroit Lions — He’s not as explosive as Tate, but Caroo’s ability to weave through a defense and use his strong hands to grab balls reminds of the Detroit starter.

IN OUR VIEW: Carroo isn’t a workout warrior, but his film speaks volumes and is the reason he’s a top-five senior wide receiver prospect for the 2016 class. At Senior Bowl practices, Carroo showed off an exciting blend of initial quickness, agility and acceleration to sneak behind the defense, as well as strong hands and the vision to track passes over his shoulder

As I said I was somewhat surprised that Miami drafted a WR that is a position of strength on the team but the Dolphins had Carroo as their #2 WR on their draft board and felt the need to go and get him in the third round trading picks this year and next year for him. He will have to fight to get on the field and if it is about competition the Dolphins have put this rookie on a roster that has 3 young talented WR’s .

You can never have enough talent so I am sure somewhere along the way Carroo will find his role on the team and be a solid contributor. I have no clue as to his abilities but his video above says a lot. I look for Leonte Carroo to be a player who will fight his way on the roster and compete for time on the field.

Now it’s up to Coaching

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No matter where you look in the NFL the best teams generally have the best coaches unlike some sports it really takes a team effort to win in the NFL.  A team with talent but poorly coached will be exposed when playing against a less talented team that’s very well coached. No one should be more aware of this than the Dolphins who have suffered through some very poor coaching from Tony Sparano to Joe Philbin  we have had our share of bad coaching, especially when you consider the rich history of the Miami Dolphins when legendary coach Don Shula was at the helm. That now has become a fading memory.

I long for the days of having such a great coach and I will be the first to admit when it came time for Shula to retire or move on I was one thinking that Jimmy Johnson who eventually became his replacement was the better option now I know for a fact that was not true and sadly we can’t erase history but we can look forward to the future.

Adam Gase the current head coach of the Miami Dolphins seems to have that “IT” factor, everything about him says he’s the one, from his demeanor to his style of dealing with the players. Adam seems to have the respect of many people from around the league including former players and coaches. (Adam Gase Is He The One) the only issue is he has yet to coach a game as head coach and that is where he truly will be judged.

Ultimately it’s going to come down to coaching not just the head coach but the entire staff that he’s assembled needs to be competent in doing their part. It appears on paper that we finally have a coach who has surrounded himself with a good staff and that will give the Dolphins a high probability to succeed.

Many of us can agree that the Dolphins probably had more Talent than most teams in our division as well as in the league over the last 8 to 10 years but the coaching was lacking and it takes at least 2-4 years to realize if you have a bad coach (Cam Cameron had 1 bad season that was enough)  neither Tony Sparano nor Joe Philbin surrounded themselves with the best coaches and the reason could be because they were both first-time head coaches they didn’t seem to have a history with a variety of teams and other coaches that they could call upon to come and join their staffs.

That’s the difference between them and our current head coach Adam Gase is he does have a rich history of working with some of the best out there and he seems to have garnered the respect of many people ex-players ex-coaches current coaches and current players alike. He has hired experienced and competent assistant coaches and the more I see of this guy the more I am convinced that he truly does have the potential to be successful. Looking at our talent on this team the Dolphins have enough Talent to win now it’s up to the coaching to utilize the talent they have and put them in the best position to win. Is Adam Gase up to the task? Time will tell. But I am putting all my eggs in his basket because I am a believer and a homer.:)

Even though the roster might experience a few changes in the coming weeks, what we have is primarily what the Dolphins will be going into the 2016 season with. On Defense we have a mix of solid veteran players mixed with young players and an offence full of talented young players.

Gase has everything in place to succeed and now it’s time to prove his worth and that all comes down to coaching. Welcome to the Miami Dolphins Adam Gase and welcome to the NFL front row.

Getting To Know Our Rookies:Kenyan Drake

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Kenyan Drake
No. 32 Miami Dolphins
Position: Running Back
Personal information
Date of birth: January 26, 1994 (age 22)
Place of birth: Powder Springs, Georgia
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 500 lb (227 kg)

Kenyan Drake is an American football running back for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Alabama. Drake was selected by the Dolphins in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft. (Wikipedia)

With the 73rd pick in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft the Miami Dolphins select Kenyan Drake RB Alabama. Another need pick and one that is really exciting to think about. Miami lost free agent RB Lamar Miller to the Houston Texans and failed to sign two veteran RB’s they targeted  in free agency but was able to address the position with this pick.

CBS Sports Draft Preview says:

Drake was an integral part of Alabama’s offense in the run game as a complement to Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry and in the passing game as a big-time weapon. Drake had 380 yards on the ground during the regular season and caught 24 passes for 250 yards. He did miss a few games in the later part of the regular season because of an arm injury.

Drake was a highly sought after four-star running back from Powder Springs (Ga.) Hillgrove High School. He signed with Alabama over Georgia, Georgia Tech and others in the class of 2012.

Drake made an impact that first season for the Crimson Tide, playing in 12 games and rushing 42 times for 281 yards with five touchdowns. He had a big 2013 season, starting once and seeing significant time in the Alabama running back rotation. Drake rushed for 694 yards on 92 carries and scored eight touchdowns. He also had 12 receptions for 135 yards. Drake had 19 rushes and receptions of 15 yards or more.

His 2014 season was cut short after breaking his leg during the fifth game of the year against Ole Miss. Still, Drake was very productive once again before the injury.

STRENGTHS: This running back can bring a lot of versatility to an offense because of all the things he can do. First, Drake has good size and excellent speed. This is a quick athlete who can beat you up the middle, around the perimeter or in the passing game.

Drake is one of the SEC’s most explosive players. He has good vision and terrific feet. Runs with patience, allowing things to set up in front of him before he makes his move. He can see things evolve during the play and react quickly. Drake can accelerate to top speed quickly. He loves to find space and bounce things to the outside. Runs with good balance and decent power. What’s impressive is that he consistently made explosive plays against some of the nation’s best and fastest defenses.

Drake has also shown the ability to really turn into a receiver out of the backfield. There are no linebackers that can stay with him and he’s bigger than many safeties. He’s a rare threat because he can get behind a secondary or take a short pass the distance.

WEAKNESSES: Drake has battled some injuries (broken leg and arm) during his time in Tuscaloosa. He has worked hard to get back on the field, but scouts will question whether he’s injury prone and can take the pounding of the NFL.

While Drake has good size, you would like to see him run with some more strength and power, especially in the tackle box. He has to show more durability and the ability to protect his quarterback with more consistency in pass pro and blitz pickup.

IN OUR VIEW: Drake has a chance to be a very good pro, especially if he ends up with a franchise with a creative offensive coordinator. There are so many ways you can utilize his abilities in both the run and pass game. He may not be an every-down back in the NFL, but Drake is a guy who can target with 10-15 touches each Sunday.

He’s too explosive not to impact an offense and a guy that can break off big chunk plays. Look for Drake to test well and for his stock to rise leading up to the draft. He is a potential Day Two pick.

 

After losing Lamar Miller and in keeping with their mantra “Bigger, Stronger, Faster” the Miami Dolphins drafted a Bigger, Stronger, just as Fast Kenyan Drake who when he get into the weight room and add on about 10 more pounds just might turn out to be the best RB taken in the draft. He was a complement to Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry and also shared time with other Alabama RB’s who had solid collage careers names like Eddie Lacy, T.J. Yeldon, Derrick Henry to name a few. The good thing is he has been spared the wear and tear by having some talented college RB’s take the majority of the pounding.

The versatility of Kenyan Drake will make him a valued asset to this Dolphins team and he just might challenge incumbent starting RB Jay Ajayi for carries and will at the very least provide healthy competition come training camp.

This was a very good pick and if he can stay healthy we just might look back in a few years and be happy we took Kenyan Drake in round 3.

Getting To Know Our Rookies: Xavien Howard

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Xavien Howard
No. 25 Miami Dolphins
Position: Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: July 4, 1993 (age 22)
Place of birth: Houston, Texas
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 201 lb (91 kg)

Xavien Howard (born July 4, 1993) is an American football cornerback for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Baylor. On April 29, 2016, Howard was drafted 38th overall in the 2nd round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins.

With the second pick number 38 the Miami Dolphins select XAVIEN HOWARD CB  BAYLOR Miami has a prototype player they seek for the CB position and XAVIEN HOWARD was one of the few left that Miami was able to target and get in a trade up in the draft (See Crazy Draft Trade Day)

CBS Sports draft preview says:

Howard decided to make the jump to the NFL after earning first team All-Big 12 honors as a junior, leading Baylor with five interceptions and 10 pass break-ups to go along with 42 tackles.

A two-year starter, Howard started 13 games as a sophomore and was an honorable mention all-conference performer with 51 tackles, 1.5 sacks and a team-high four interceptions.

He played in every game as a reserve in 2013, including his first career start, and finished the season with five tackles and one interception.

A three-sport star who also played basketball and ran track for Wheatley High School in Houston, Howard redshirted his first season at Baylor in 2012.

STRENGTHS: Sports a broad-shouldered, well-developed frame and excellent size, overall, for the position.

Well-versed in man coverage, typically lining up one-on-one opposite the opponent’s top receiver. Balanced, coordinated athlete with the fluid hips to turn and run, showing steady acceleration and good (albeit not great) overall speed. Physical defender who uses his imposing build and long arms to subtly squeeze receivers toward the sideline, limiting the space into which quarterbacks can attack.

Quick, active hands to rip at the ball as it arrives. Shows good hands for the interception, recording 10 in just two seasons as a starter. Shows good awareness of underneath targets, quickly leaving his primary responsibility to defend against short passes and in run support.

Good vision, agility and competitiveness to fight past would-be blockers and is a very willing tackler, showing good extension and strength to make the effective wrap-up stop.

WEAKNESSES: Too physical for his own good, drawing too many flags for early contact with receivers. Lacks elite speed and like most tall cornerbacks, struggles a bit with smaller, quicker receivers, needing a step to gather himself while changing directions and sometimes losing his balance.

Loses track of the ball, at times, on sideline passes, opting to rip at the ball as the receiver attempts to catch it, rather than turning towards the quarterback to potentially secure the interception. Was protected by a fierce pass rush at Baylor, limiting the number of double-moves he faced.

Only a two-year starter at Baylor.

IN OUR VIEW: With his broad frame, Howard looks more like an NFL safety than a traditional cornerback, but he possesses the natural coverage skills and confidence to remain on the perimeter. After redshirting his first season and seeing limited action in 2013, he emerged as a standout in 2014 and hasn’t looked back since, developing into one of the Big 12’s best all-around corners. With patience, he should develop into a starter at the next level, as well, projecting best in a press-heavy scheme.

 

 

The Dolphins are into size especially at the CB position they want their CB’s about 6′ or taller with the ability to play press coverage on the line and also fall back into the zone.

XAVIEN HOWARD fits the prototype but will need to work on his technique more on the next level. He can get to physical at times drawing penalties that will hurt the defense and his speed is good not great.He should be playing the #2 WR of opposing teams as veteran Byron Maxwell will cover the #1 WR’s.   XAVIEN HOWARD does have some competition but he should be able to win the #2 CB spot on the team and grow into a fine player as long as he avails himself of the teaching and working on strengthening his body.

Miami needs this kid to step up because they have failed to retain or draft good CB as they allowed Vontae Davis walk and have yet to draft a CB to match his play. Hopefully   XAVIEN HOWARD can fill that need as this team with a veteran Defensive unit needs both talent and youth for the future.

Getting To Know Our Rookies: Laremy Tunsil

Laremy Tunsil
No. 67 Miami Dolphins
Position: Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: August 2, 1994 (age 21)
Place of birth: Lake City, Florida
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 305 lb (138 kg)
Career information
High school: Lake City (FL) Columbia
College: Mississippi
NFL draft: 2016 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13

 

Laremy Alexander Tunsil (born August 2, 1994) is an American football offensive guard and tackle for the Miami Dolphinsof the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Mississippi.  (Wikipedia)

With the 13 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft The Miami Dolphins select 21 year old *Laremy Tunsil  OT Ole Miss a  6′-5″ 310 LBS Jr thus ending a bizarre slide of the top rated OT in all of college football as the Dolphins refused to let this talent slip by them. I am sure you heard about the draft day slide our first round pick took so no need to rehash this now dead story as far as Miami and Tunsil are concerned.

This is about the player and what made him the top rated OT in the game and possibly the steal of the 2016 NFL draft.

CBS Sports draft preview says:

Laremy Tunsil was a three-year starter at left tackle, Tunsil was a much ballyhooed recruit and immediately lived up to the hype at Ole Miss, allowing only one sack as a true freshman starter in the SEC.

STRENGTHS: Good size and length for the position. Finely tuned athlete with tremendous balance and change of direction to appear effortless in pass-sets. Light feet and flexible joints in his kick-slide to handle speed, coming to balance on the move and staying square to rushers.

Sinks and anchors to strengthen his core, withstand rip moves and hold his ground at the point of attack. Peppers defenders with strong hands, quick punch and rapid recoil to load up and strike again. Keeps his elbows inside for an accurate strike zone. Coordinated feet with blocking range to routinely eliminate defenders at the second level and on the perimeter, sealing linebackers downfield and staying on his feet.

Physical mind-set and always looking for someone to block. Doesn’t play with complacency. Smart and quickly picks up defenders on delayed blitzes and combo blocks. Scored his only career touchdown in his final game, showing off body control and soft hands. Mature makeup and carries himself with a positive attitude.

WEAKNESSES: Room to add more bulk and get stronger. Shows the core power needed when he can sink and square, but not as stout with defenders off his edge.

Overeager at times and needs to stay patient to not get ahead of the play design. Needs to eliminate the false start penalties and stay focused through the whistle. Doesn’t always play as mean as his intentions.

Arrested (June 2015) following a domestic dispute with his stepfather (charges eventually dropped), which led to NCAA investigations. Suspended for the first seven games of the 2015 season for accepting impermissible benefits and for not being “completely forthcoming” when initially questioned by the NCAA.

Routinely banged up over his career – missed 2013 bowl game due to left knee sprain (December 2013); missed two games due to a partially torn right bicep (October 2014); suffered fractured right fibula and dislocated ankle in the bowl game that season, which required surgery and sidelined him for 2015 spring drills.

IN OUR VIEW: On the field, Tunsil is a nimble big man with a rare athletic skill-set for the position, showing above average balance and flexibility to easily bend, handle speed and absorb power at the point of attack. He’s not a perfect player, but his flaws are more nitpicking than true weaknesses and potential injuries are the only obstacles keeping Tunsil from being one of the better left tackles at the next level.

 

Despite the turbulent entry into the  NFL Laremy is already a millionaire as he signs four-year, $12.5 million contract (Here) and he and the Dolphins are looking past the draft and into the future.

Laremy will most likely start at LG due to the Dolphins having Pro-Bowl LT Albert, Branden one of the best LT’s in the game but who has had injury issues these past couple of seasons. So Laremy just might find himself starting at the tackle position in the near future should he be called to duty.

This was a welcomed surprise and a huge need as this team has had offensive line problems the past four seasons under previous head coach Joe Philbin and many Tannehill apologist (include me) feel that is the reason our young QB has had his issues these past few years as he has more sacks than any QB in the past four seasons 184 for a loss of 1,390 yards.

To put that into perspective Tannehill has 1,392 completions his 4 years in the NFL so he has taken just about one yard sacked per completion in his young career. It can be correctly argued that some of his sacks are on him, but no one can say that the poor play and health of his offensive line didn’t have much to do with many of those sacks.

Tunsil can be the solution to the Dolphins offensive line issues as his skills are needed on the offensive line and can be  the difference this year and many more for this talented 21 year old player.

Two things could turn this into a nightmare pick if Laremy should get in off-field trouble with future drug and/or family issues or he has injury issues that prevent him from fulfilling his NFL career. For now we are happy to have him and from one of the biggest Dol-fans I say welcome to Miami Laremy Live long and prosper!