Still a couple of weeks away from the 2018 NFL Draft and quite a few people are still whining and complaining that the Dolphins did not draft a quarterback. Get over it and yourselves…!
All you had to do is follow The Dolphin Seer and read my pre draft articles and you would have known that the Miami Dolphins did not need to draft a quarterback this year so when they finally did not draft a quarterback some of you may not have been so supprised/disappointed with that being said, I do agree that this is the final season of being patient with Ryan Tannehill he is out of options he need to at least be a top 15 or better quarterback and lead his team to the playoffs this year, without any injuries and without missing any games or his career in Miami is over.
Many people have put a lot of trust and their Careers in Ryan Tannehill and this is truly his make or break season, there are no more excuses, no more reasons there’s nothing else left but for Ryan Tannehill to excel at his position as quarterback or it’s time to move on.
Of course those of us who are Ryan Tannehill supporters we are truly hoping that this is the season that he finally shines and if you look at it logically there is no reason why he should not (except maybe them letting Jarvis go)
I am optimistic that Ryan Tannehill will show that he was worth the wait and the patience because he knows this offense like the back of his hand. He’s had a lot of time to get this offense mentally locked these past two seasons. He should have this offense mastered. Ryan Tannehill shouldn’t have to think about anything he should be able to do the only potential obstacle is if Ryan Tannehill has another setback another injury that would end his season and his career.
So all you haters out there who are still bitter just relax you got one more seasons to either be a believer or proven right, so enjoy the season we’ll see you next year as we talk about the 2019 draft and if Miami will draft a quarterback. Yes they should even if Ryan Tannehill is successful this year, Quarter Back should be a high priority on the Dolphins draft board, more on that in my future articles.
2016: Team captain…named First Team All-MAC…top returning defensive player…was second on the team with 110 tackles including 67 solo stops…had 13.5 tackles for 64 yards lost and four sacks for 41 yards lost…had five pass breakups and four quarterback hurries…had three forced fumbles…named MAC East Defensive Player of the Week following the Tennessee and Central Michigan games.
2015: Saw action in 11 games for the Bobcats, starting all 11…three-time MAC East Defensive Player of the Week…led the team with 69 tackles, 45 solo and 24 assisted…tallied four sacks for a total loss of 30 yards…intercepted four passes and returned two for touchdowns…eight total passes defensed and two forced fumbles…had eleven solo tackles and a sack at Idaho (Sep. 3)…Intercepted a pass and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown against Miami (Oct. 10)…Had 11 tackles, four solo and seven assisted, and an interception return for a touchdown in the Raycom Media Camelia Bowl (Dec. 19).
2014: Two-time MAC East Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 8 and 22)… Earned CFPA National Defensive Performer of the Week and the National Linebacker of the Week (Sept. 22)… Named Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 23)… Started in all 12 games for the Bobcats… Led the team with 89 total tackles on the season, and 60 solo stops… Compiled 8.5 tackles for 35 yards lost… Recorded five sacks on the season for 30 yards… Totaled three interceptions against Idaho (Sept. 20) for 77 yards… Had 12 solo stops against Northern Illinois (Nov. 18)… Finished the season with three quarterback hurries and pass breakups.
Prior to Ohio: Finished his high school career with 509 tackles, 20 sacks, 12 forced fumbles and nine interceptions… Earned First Team All-Ohio in both his junior and senior seasons… Three-time All-Northwest Ohio honoree… Named Defensive Player of the Year in Northwest Ohio following his senior year… Three-time Western Buckeye League (WBL) recipient… Named the WBL Defensive Back of the Year after his senior year… Four-year letterwinner… Posted a combined record of 33-15 during his time on the varsity football team… Helped his squad to the state playoffs in each of his final three years in high school… Guided his team to a 10-4 record and a trip to the Ohio State Semifinals during his junior year… Also competed on the varsity Track and Wrestling.
Personal: Born Aug. 17, 1994… Son of Kenneth and Marisha Poling… Served as his class Vice President… Intends on majoring in Pre-Exercise Physiology.
Poling’s production, athletic testing and ability to potentially handle some coverage duties could make him a late Day 3 selection. He unleashes his true speed when he’s chasing down tackles from behind, but needs to play to that same speed when he’s attacking near the line of scrimmage. Poling has some holes in his game, but he has the ability to become a special teams player with backup linebacker potential.
- Posted elite athletic testing numbers on-par with the best LB testing at the Combine. Ran a 4.58 with a 38-inch vertical leap and a 10-foot-7 broad jump. Has big hands and above average upper body strength. Plays with good knee bend. Tackle machine in high school and has carried that over for four years at Ohio. Impressive production included 43.5 career tackles for loss, 18 sacks, and 7 interceptions. Coaches love his football intelligence and he makes the defensive calls. Willing to strike with some force when squeezing his gap against pulling guards. Former high school safety with feel for where quarterback wants to go with the football. Gets early jumps into space in zone coverage and has ability to handle man coverage
- Play speed doesn’t always match his timed speed
- Doesn’t come downhill with fire-and-brimstone burst expected. Has opportunities to flash downhill into gaps for impact tackles, but will wait for runner at times. Posted more assists than solo tackles this season. Needs to learn to slip blockers rather than attacking them with his lead shoulder. Missed and broken tackle total are a little high. Too many off-balance tackle attempts on tape rather than landing with his chest
Just like many undrafted Rookies players like Quentin Poling who are drafted in the later rounds have a slim shot at making the team or becoming a a significant long term player, but there are those one in a million who excel. He most likely will have to start by making special teams and doing the grunt work but can work himself up the ladder and maybe make one of the 53 or if not the practice squad.
He’s another one of those underdogs that I like to root for so…
WELCOME TO MIAMI Quentin Poling!
Conference USA All-Freshman (2014)
Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll (2014, 2016)2016 (Junior): Started all 13 games as a cornerback…Led the team with eight pass break-ups and nine deflections…35 solo tackles were second on the squad, and his 47 total stops were fourth…Had an interception in the win over Louisiana Tech…Recorded five tackles (all solo) each in the wins over Kentucky and Louisiana Tech and had a career-high eight total against Marshall.2015 (Sophomore): Appeared in 12 regular-season games, starting all 12 at field cornerback…Was sidelined by injury against Austin Peay (9/12)…Finished with 47 tackles (37 solo), tied for fifth-best on the team…Posted a career-high 10 tackles in the C-USA Championship Game at Western Kentucky (12/5)…Had at least four tackles in six games…Finished with one tackle for loss and a quarterback hurry…Ranked second on team with 10 passes broken up…Picked off two passes, one against North Texas (10/3, the other at Charlotte (10/24).
2014 (Freshman): Named to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team … Named to the 2014-15 Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Played in all 12 games as a true freshman, making five starts … Made collegiate debut on the road against Mississippi State, while notching first start on the road at North Texas … Finished the year with 30 tackles, including 22 solo stops … Notched four pass breakups and recovered a fumble … Posted a season-high seven solo tackles against UTSA, while adding another seven stops against Rice (five solo, two assisted) … Recovered a blocked kick against UTEP and returned it 78 yards for a touchdown.
High School: Three star recruit according to 247sports.com and a two star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com … Helped lead Bassfield HS to a Class 2A State Championship … Hattiesburg American First Team All-State and Clarion Ledger Second Team All-State … Recorded 62 total career tackles (46 solo), six interceptions, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries … As a senior, played in 14 games, recording 32 total tackles (20 solo) with two interceptions, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries … As a junior, played in 12 games, making 19 tackles (16 solo tackles) with a tackle for loss, three interceptions, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery … As a sophomore, played in five games with 11 tackles (10 solo) with an interception and three pass deflections … Honor student.
Personal: Full name is Cornell Orlando Armstrong … Son of Lessie Williams … Has four sisters, Veonica, Noel, Noreal and Elizabeth … Uncle, Eric Booth, played football at Southern Miss … Born on Sept. 22, 1995 in Inglewood, Calif. … Majoring in exercise science.
Coming from a small college there is not the same information and coverage for Cornell like his other draft mates but the Dolphins see something in him worth developing and I am sure have a plan for him. Obviously Special Teams will be his key to make the roster and his playing time can increase as he develops so keep an eye out for this underdog because he just might have a good bite.
WELCOME TO MIAMI Cornell Armstrong!
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||228 lb (103 kg)|
|High school:||Falcon (CO)|
|NFL Draft:||2018 / Round: 4 / Pick: 131|
Ballage made national headlines in 2016 by tying the FBS record by using his power and speed to score eight touchdowns in one game (seven rushing — most from the Wildcat formation in the red zone — and one receiving) in a September match-up against Texas Tech. Ballage did not earn any all-conference efforts because he split carries (126 for 536 yards) with Demario Richard, but he scored 14 rushing touchdowns, provided a safety valve in the receiving game (44 receptions, 469 yards, one touchdown) and returned kicks (18 attempts, 409 yards). Ballage split carries with Richard again in 2017, rushing for 669 yards and six scores on 157 totes (20 receptions, 91 yards; 20 attempts, 437 yards on kick returns). He missed the beginning of his sophomore year with mononucleosis but finished with 653 rushing yards and four scores in 10 games. The four-star recruit from Colorado played a role as a true freshman in 2014 (42 rush, 138 yards, three touchdowns; six receptions, 64 yards, touchdown), even making a 96-yard kick return in the Sun Bowl that year.
Ballage looks great on the hoof and should test well at the Combine, but his lack of decisiveness and vision make it hard to envision him as a full-time RB1. Ballage can do a little of this and a little of that, but a team will need to have a clear-cut plan for how to use him. Ballage’s size and athletic ability will appeal to teams as will his ability to play on third downs and return kicks.
- Excellent body composition and frame
- Possesses an athletic build with well-proportioned upper body and lower body that squats over 500 pounds
- Versatile player who has experience as an off-set runner, a pass catcher out of the backfield and a wildcat quarterback
- Has experience returning kicks
- Plays with adequate burst between tackles
- Lowers shoulder and accelerates feet into and through contact to fall forward
- Has secondary power to find a tough yard near end zone
- Clean hands as pass catcher
- Displays ability to adjust to poorly thrown balls
- Can line up in the slot
- Able to slip first tackle attempt after the catch in open field
- Needs to protect with better technique, but his size is effective in taking on blitzers
- Doesn’t have the hips or feet to cut with sharpness after flowing hard to the edge
- Runs too upright to squeeze through tight rush lanes
- Plays with early indecisiveness
- Takes too many skip steps in his approach downhill allowing defense time to fight past blocks
- Field vision is severely lacking
- Allows open run lanes to go unused
- Feet can get confused when faced with unexpected traffic
- Athletic, but not elusive
- Not nearly as hard to tackle as expected
- Play regressed somewhat from 2016
TDS Take: Running back was a true need as I projected that Miami would draft one between the 2nd-4th rounds and this kid is a stud with very good speed but has room to get stronger and bigger he is in a very good situation to be in Miami’s running back room he just might get a shot if he can beat out Frank Gore for some playing time or if God forbids Kenyan Drake goes down.
WELCOME TO MIAMI Kalen Ballage!
|Height:||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight:||253 lb (115 kg)|
|High school:||Belton (TX)|
|NFL Draft:||2018 / Round: 4 / Pick: 123|
|Born:||December 25, 1996
|Height:||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight:||225 lb (102 kg)|
|High school:||Cleveland (OH) Benedictine|
|NFL Draft:||2018 / Round: 3 / Pick: 73|
|Roster status:||Unsigned draft pick|
Baker is a likely 4-3 weakside linebacker candidate with the range and speed to chase and tackle around the field and the coverage talent to squeeze routes from man or zone. What Baker has in athletic ability and speed, he lacks in strength and toughness against the run. Baker’s junior season failed to impress and teams will have to decide if he’s a sub-package linebacker or a three-down talent. Baker lacks instincts teams look for from the position, but it’s hard to ignore his rare speed. He could find early snaps in sub-packages, but may never be more than an average backup to below average starter.
- Moves fluidly and fast
- Has hip looseness and footwork to flow around the field
- Has trigger burst to flash from backside and close down running lanes
- Tremendously rangy as tackler
- Change of direction comes easily
- Capable of eluding blockers with quick lateral movement
- Takes efficient paths to the ball
- Sifts and works through traffic bouncing in and out of gaps
- Has athletic ability to handle premium athletes in space
- Shadowed Saquon Barkley for most of the game and helped keep him in check
- Talented in space with footwork to match receivers in space and hands to take the ball
- Can carry vertical receivers down the field
- Able to outrun mistakes and slow diagnosis
- Skinny frame and gets engulfed by size
- Looks small, plays small
- Lacks functional play strength and sturdy base to withstand power
- Must improve hand work to keep himself clean
- Gets glued to blocks
- Slow to diagnose and instincts are below par
- Lingers on second level rather than bringing it to running backs
- Lack of size and nastiness could be a concern on run downs against bully-ball rush attacks
- Loses gap leverage and gets knocked around the field
- Ducks head into contact
- Has too many hit and slide tackle attempts
- Gets caught flowing past his run fits
- Motor can be inconsistent and will loaf at times in space.
Even though I would have preferred Miami Drafted the higher rated Tremaine Edmunds in round one, I love the fact that they brought in Jerome Baker because of his relationship with fellow LB and last years 2nd round pick Raekwon McMillan also from Ohio State both of them played together and they both in 2016 were both were named Butkus Award Semifinalist while playing together in Ohio State.
The reason why he was not rated a first rounder is because of his height he is an undersized OLB at 6′-1″ that might pose a problem against the best TE in the game who average 6′-4″ or better.
He will have plenty of time to play against a Tall TE in practice because drafted ahead of him by Miami was 6′-5″ TE Mike Gesicki who will battle with him in practice.
WELCOME TO MIAMI Jerome Baker!
|Born:||October 3, 1995
Lakewood Township, New Jersey
|Height:||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Weight:||252 lb (114 kg)|
|High school:||Manahawkin (NJ) Southern Regional|
|NFL Draft:||2018 / Round: 2 / Pick: 42|
|Roster status:||Unsigned draft pick|
|Career highlights and awards|
If you are looking for a tight end who can line up and help in the running game, he’s not your guy. However, if you want a pass-catcher who can get open and has the ball skills to win against linebackers and safeties, he might be your guy. Gesicki needs to improve his play strength and his issues as a blocker could limit the amount of teams who will target him, but he has a chance to become one of the better pass catching tight ends in the league.
- Smooth in his release
- Generates vertical concern for cover linebackers with sneaky build-up speed
- Long, athletic gait and loose hips help him create separation on second and third level routes
- Puts effort and work into route running
- Works the seam without hesitation
- Changes route speeds and works head fakes effectively to mask route intentions
- Able to run more complex patterns
- Ball skills stand out amongst tight end class of 2018
- Confident focused pass catcher
- Prep standout in volleyball and basketball with the leaping and timing to prove it
- Uses length and springs to create rare catch radius
- Makes in-air adjustments to the ball and is in optimal position to pull it in when it gets there
- Hasn’t had a legitimate pass drop in two years
- Built more like a high-jumper than a tight end
- Long and lanky with a stride length that limits quickness in and out of breaks
- Will struggle to shake coverage on short routes near the line of scrimmage
- Play strength is below average
- Needs to prove he can handle physical jams and route redirection
- Can be slow to get head around and find the ball
- Passive approach as blocker puts run plays in immediate peril
- Hand usage is poor in run game
- Rarely sustains blocks against legitimate edge talent