The Miami Dolphins had a busy fifth-round of the 2015 NFL Draft, making four different selections durig the round. The first of those came with the 145th overall selection, a pick they received when they traded the 15th pick in the second round to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for the 20th pick. This selection, which was originally the St. Louis Rams' pick, was used on Memphis cornerback Bobby McCain; to get a closer look at McCain, we turn to SB Nation's Underdog Dynasty.
His efforts on the field created a name for himself, but also equated to a large part of the Tigers success in 2014. As a undersized 3 star recruit McCain made a name for himself through his work ethic and nose for the ball. After two seasons of minor success McCain would use his junior season to create a buzz for himself. Through his final two seasons McCain would intercept 11 passes and bring 3 in for touchdowns.
Although a smaller cornerback, McCain is feisty. He has a high motor and an eye for the ball. His instincts and anticipation have played a large part in him having so much success over his final two collegiate seasons. McCain's instincts combined with his quick burst allow him to make plays and close windows quickly. McCain is also an excellent tackler.
McCain has question marks pertaining to his man press coverage as well as when his back is to the ball. McCains quick burst allowed his mistakes in instinct to be minimized in college.
McCain returned four punts for touchdowns during his career and he's widely seen as a high motor, high instinct player who can tackle well and limit yards after catch. His Combine performance was excellent as he led all corners in four of seven drill categories (broad jump, 3 cone drill, 20 yard shuffle, 60 yard shuffle).
We may be kicking a dead horse at this point, but the run on corners along with his performance at the Combine likely moved up McCain from a borderline draft pick to a sure fifth rounder and a competitor for a roster spot.
The selection of McCain gives Miami another young cornerback to compete for playing time. This season should be the payoff year for Jamar Taylor and Will Davis, 2013 second-round and third-round picks, respectively, but the team is setting up the competition for them. McCain joins a secondary that also includes Brice McCain, T.J. Heath, Zack Bowman, Lowell Rose, and Sammy Seamaster. Safety Michael Thomas has also played cornerback for the Dolphins, and the team added Michigan State wide receiver/cornerback Tony Lippett later in the fifth-round and announced him as a cornerback. That gives Miami nine players (10 if you count Thomas) competing for the starting cornerback position opposite three-time Pro Bowler Brent Grimes, as well as the nickel position.
Bobby McCain will likely find himself deep on the depth chart at the start of the season, but, if he is able to provide any competition for Taylor and Davis, pushing them to be better, then he is doing exactly what Miami needs from him. He is likely destined for the nickel cornerback role for the Dolphins, which would put him directly in competition with Brice McCain (which should not cause any confusion at all - and it's not like the Dolphins have anoter McCain on defense or anything (linebacker Chris McCain) - so training camp should be a lot of fun this year).
My early predicition into Bobby McCain's role with the Dolphins this season will be as the second nickel corner, behind Brice McCain, and to take on some of the punt and kick return duties. He will have time to develop, will not be asked to come in and immediately begin covering NFL wide receivers, but will have a chance to contribute to the team. He is not assured of a roster spot, and could find himself on the practice squad if Miami feels there are enough NFL ready cornerbacks ahead of him on the roster.