clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Dolphins 2016 NFL Draft: Under the Radar Prospects

New, comments

Every year the NFL Draft produces stars out of under the radar prospects. Let’s check out a few names that may not be hot right now, but could flourish at the next level.

Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Good teams are built by drafting well not only in the early rounds but also on the last day of the draft. Here we are talking about rounds 4 to 7. Let's check out some prospects that may make an unexpected impact in 2016, in the NFL.

Connor McGovern, OG, Missouri, 6-4, 305 LBS

Projected: 4th Round

McGovern could well and truly be one of the steals of the 2016 NFL Draft. He's one of the strongest prospects of the draft, bench-pressing in excess of 500 LBS and reportedly squatted 785 LBS at school. Despite this, he can also move surprisingly well, with nice light feet in pass protection and a good set up to move defenders off the ball. He also has good awareness for zone blocking. He will struggle on the edge, but that is why he'll move inside in the NFL. Great player.

C.J. Prosie, RB, Notre Dame, 6-1, 220 LBS

Projected: 4th Round

Miami may have a problem on their hands if Lamar Miller leaves town. New to the position, Prosie played safety and wide receiver throughout his career, but tried out at running back due to the lack of depth at the position at Notre Dame, and what a great career move that turned out to be. In 2015, Prosie averaged 114.7 yards per start with 1,029 yards on 157 carries and 11 touchdowns. He also looks the part of an NFL running back with good weight distribution, allowing him to get crucial yards after contact. Although he's only had one year experience at the position, he's clearly a natural with the vision you want at running back. Prosie also has reliable hands and was used as a pass-catcher in the backfield at times this season. He can run a little bit upright, but this should be corrected with good NFL coaching.

Matt Ioannidis, DT, Temple, 6-4, 303 LBS

Projected: 5th Round

Starting every game as a senior at defensive tackle, Ioannidis amassed an impressive 11.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, 42 total tackles, 5 pass breakups and 2 fumble recoveries. He has terrific effort and instincts, which counts a lot at certain positions in the NFL, defensive tackle being one of them. Ioannidis also has the eyes to obstruct passing lanes, and the power and anchor to stop the ground game. With aggressive hands, he can be an asset when rushing the passer. He needs to improve his upper body strength as he doesn't dominate during the game and is not explosive or overly athletic. However, he is a coachable player that has the instincts and work ethic to make an impact on day 1.

Nick Vigil, ILB, Utah State, 6-2, 230 LBS

Projected: 5th Round

The younger brother of Dolphins linebacker Zach Vigil, Nick led the Aggies in 2015 with 140 total tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 2 pass breakups and 2 fumble recoveries. Like his brother, he's a very intelligent player who possesses the instincts, awareness, vision, and athleticism for the middle linebacker position in the NFL. I also really like how he trusts the snap decisions that he makes during games. He uses his athleticism well in the pass game to change direction and cover downfield. Nick does need to improve his strength and physicality and will need to be well protected by his defensive line. However, apart from this latter point, he is definitely NFL caliber.

Kevin Hogan, QB, Stanford, 6-3, 217 LBS

Projected: 6th Round

Well-built for the position and has the instincts, toughness, poise and accuracy for the quarterbacks position. However, the big debate among scouts will be his quirky delivery. In the passing game, he struggles with the deep throws and is not particularly mobile. Yet his intangibles and other traits are off the charts. I see similarities with Philip Rivers with his elongated throwing style, but just look how that panned out for the Chargers. Won't usurp Ryan Tannehill as the first choice quarterback, but could develop into a capable starter down the road with the right coaching.

Alex Parish is an Associate Editor at The Phinsider. Be sure to follow me on Twitter@AlexParish89.