Earlier today, we took a look at Miami Dolphins fifth round draft pick Josh Kaddu from the eyes of those who know his skills best, the bloggers over at Addicted to Quack, SB Nation's Oregon Ducks. Now, it's time to turn our attentions to Kaddu from the Dolphins' point of view, using our six questions standard.
The questions we are using come from the Kansas City Chiefs' general manager Scott Pioli's preparation for a draft. Basically, the Kansas City Chiefs ask themselves six questions about every draft prospect leading up to the draft as retold in Michael Holley's book "War Room." Holley followed three NFL executives, the New England Patriots' Bill Belichick, Atlanta Falcons' Thomas Dimitroff, and the Chiefs' Scott Pioli, as they prepared for the draft several years ago. We are using those six questions to look at the Dolphins' draft picks.
The questions, which are answered below, are:
What will this player's role be as a Chief? | Will the role change from year one to year two? | How many downs can he be expected to play? | Which current player on the roster will he beat out? | What's his value on special teams? | Does he have positional
1 . What will this player's role be as a Dolphin? - For Kaddu, it's hard to see exactly where he will fit right now. The Dolphins could envision using him as a pass rusher, or they could drop him back into the linebacker rotation, using him as a tight end coverage linebacker. He probably ends up back in the linebackers, but it is intriguing to consider his ability to rush the quarterback, especially if, as the profile article points out, he excels in "limited" reads - what's more limited than "get the quarterback?"
2. Will the role change from year one to year two? - No doubt. If Kaddu goes in as a linebacker, he will see his playing time increase as he gets more comfortable with the defense, and with the NFL.
3. How many downs can he be expected to play? - Probably not many in the beginning, but they will increase as he becomes more accustomed to his role.
4. Which current player on the roster will be beat out? - Koa Misi could be in trouble, though I don't think the team will cut him this year. Austin Spitler and Jason Trusnik could find themselves below Kaddu on the depth chart, depending on how the Dolphins envision using them in the linebacker rotation.
5. What's his value on special teams? - This is where Kaddu will see the majority of his playing time this season. His speed and ability to close on a ball carrier will make him a big asset for the Dolphins coverage teams this season.
6. Does he have positional versatility? - It depends on what the Dolphins ultimately decide to do with him. If they see him as a pass rusher, then he'll turn into a defensive end. If they see him as a linebacker, that's where he will be. I think ultimately, he will find a role as Kevin Burnett's backup in the strong side linebacker position, but the Dolphins could look to move him around.