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2018 NFL Draft Scouting Notes

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Throughout the season, we will take a look around college football and break down potential prospects for the Miami Dolphins.

NCAA Football: Stanford at San Diego State Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Harrison Phillips, DT, Stanford

Phillips has been terrific this season, being one of the consistent players in the country. He’s got a solid base and anchor that holds up well against double teams and bigger linemen. He’s very quick, athletic, disruptive, great hand use, awesome instincts and his block shedding is a thing of beauty. I love his motor as well. Phillips has not been getting much attention but I gaurentee NFL teams know his name well. I think he ends up a first pick, getting selected a lot higher then most will expect. He’s not a flashy/sexy pick but he’s good and consistent. It is very hard to find a consistent prospect and Phillips is the definition of that.

NCAA Football: Stanford at Washington State James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland

Moore is a smaller (but thick) receiver with tremendous quickness, great change of direction speed, solid hands, and a pretty good route runner. He’s clearly a good athlete and I was particularly impressed with how smooth of a runner he is. He’s been a playmaker for Maryland and really an underrated receiver this season. Moore doesn’t let his size hold him back(I really don’t think it is a weakness, he’s stocky and tough despite being 5-11), constantly winning one on one match ups and making good catches in traffic. He also isn’t afraid to go across the middle. His body control is impressive too, he has the ability to high point the ball on contested catches on come down with them. Moore’s film is impressive, and I have watched a lot of Maryland tape (me living in MD). He really is an underrated receiver in this draft class. Most will see a small, speed receiver when they look at his size and production but really he’s much more than that. He’s a tough, quick and reliable receiver that I think is ready to play in the NFL. Sure, he’s not the perfect prospect but I have been very impressed with Moore and I wouldn’t be surprised to see he end up being a high draft pick.

NCAA Football: Maryland at Rutgers Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

J.C. Jackson, CB, Maryland

Jackson is a prospect I had to do a little digging on while scouting him. He started at Florida but was kicked off the team because he had 4 felony charges against him for home invasion and robbery. He was later clearly of all charges but still was not welcomed back to the team. Also before that incident he was apparently with a friend waiting in their car at an apartment complex when they were fired upon and while Jackson escaped unarmed his friend was injured. So, yea I know that sounds bad; it sounds like Jackson is, lets call it, hanging out with the rough crowd. Since his dismissal from Florida he played a year at Riverside Community College before transferring to Maryland. He’s been clean off the field this whole time. Now, that’s the bad with Jackson, which is at the very least concerns me how he will do down in South Beach. However, on the field, he’s very good. He’s a bigger guy and looks thick too. He’s obviously very strong and he plays physical. He’s very athletic for a bigger CB too; it’s impressive. His change of direction speed isn’t great but he’s got good man to man coverage skills and he’s got ballhawking traits. If it weren’t for the off the field issues I’d have a first round grade on him. His history does concern me; just being honest. Teams will have to do their homework and I truly hope he’s learned from his mistakes and can continue to play ball and have a great career. He certainly has the NFL talent to play in this league for a long time.

NCAA Football: Penn State at Maryland Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Jaylen Samuels, RB, N.C. St.

Samuels is an interesting case in this draft. He’s a super talented kid, great playmaker, solid receiver with natural hands, very tough to bring down, high motor, really a lot faster than you would expect, good burst through the hole and good field vision. He’s also got a nasty-good stiff arm, I love it. The problem with Samuels is he’s 5-11 230; do you play him at RB? He’s too short for TE? Believe it or not I think he could have success lining up in the slot. Now, I don’t think he’s a WR, if I’m drafting him; I would label him as a RB. He’s a decent blocker and he’s a tough runner. His speed definitely impressed me but to be fair I was expecting a 230 lb RB to be slow. He’s not all that quick and I think he’s got to learn really what his role is when he gets to the NFL. Whoever drafts him needs to have a plan on how to use him; plain and simple. Bottom line, I like him, but I would have a set/special role for him in my offense.

NCAA Football: North Carolina at North Carolina State Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

Jeremiah Brisco, QB, Sam Houston St.

I am really having fun now; digging deep down to find some Sam Houston St. game film! Many will look at where this kid went to school and immediately write him off as a project....that would be foolish. This kid can rip it. He’s got a legit NFL arm and very high potential. He’s puts nice zip on his throws and throw a really pretty deep ball in particular. He’s got nice tough, understands to look off safeties, and he’s a decent athlete. Now, I think he get nervous under pressure; he does tuck in and run but he gets nervous and makes bad decisions. I also think his confidence under pressure needs to improve; I can almost see him second guessing himself. I think if his confidence grows he will drastically improve in this area. He also needs to improve his awareness to the pass rush. These weakness can be improved and most come with time and experience. He started his college career at UAB but had to transfer when UAB shut down their football program back in 2014. He transferred to Sam Houston St despite having offers from big schools such as Florida, saying he wanted to be close to home. He has put out some good film down there and I am telling you this kid belongs in the NFL. I am not saying he’s ready to start but I see good potential in him and if he is able to sit behind a veteran for a season or 2 I could see him being a pretty good QB.

Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, LB, Oklahoma

Okoronkwo is a really fun player to watch on him. He’s a tremendous pass rusher that I swear gets held on almost every play. Of course not all of those holding penalties are called but sometimes that’s the linemen’s only way of stopping number 31. He’s an unbelievable athlete with great quickness and aggressiveness. I raved about him in my last positional rankings, saying if he was 6-5 he’d be a top 10 pick and I truly believe that. His size really hurts his stock. While size is important, it doesn’t trump talent in my book. Okoronkwo has got legit NFL talent and he plays with heart. I think he fits perfectly in a 3-4 OLB and I think he gets drafted round 1 in this draft.

NCAA Football: Oklahoma at Oklahoma State Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Rashaad Penny, RB, San Diego St.

Penny has had a phenomenal year and could be among the top back drafted early in this draft. Penny runs with authority, shows great burst, field vision and fantastic elusiveness for a guy his size. He’s also a good receiver out of the backfield. This is really an easy game film for me; he’s very good. It’s fun to watch his film. There are many, many good backs this year so Penny could slip a little bit. Not by anything he’s done, there’s just a ton of good backs. I could see him being a 3rd round pick even though I currently have a late first/mid 2nd round grade on him.

NCAA Football: Nevada at San Diego State Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports