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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: Southern California at Arizona State Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia

Smith has enjoyed a fantastic season for the Bulldogs. He has been a consistent threat and playmaker for the Georgia defense and now looks to be, in my mind, certainly a top 10 pick. He’s not only all over the field every game, he makes plays that factor into the outcome of games. I love how aggressive he is also; he’s got a nose for the ball and he flies to it. Smith is quickly becoming one of my favorites in this draft and I would say if he’s available when the Dolphins are on the clock, we need to grab him.

NCAA Football: SEC Championship-Georgia vs Auburn Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Davin Bellamy, DE/LB, Georgia

Bellamy is an underrated pass rusher/linebacker who also plays on the Georgia defense. He’s displayed great strength, vision, good hand use and (like Smith) has a nose for the football. I’ve seen play by Bellamy that is textbook technique which leads me to believe that he’s put some time in the film room. I am not sure exactly in my mind where he falls in this draft, but he’s a legit NFL talent that could definitely help the Dolphins.

NCAA Football: SEC Championship-Georgia vs Auburn Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

Wilkins came into the season with high expectations and he did not disappoint. It may sound a little weird but I often get worried when pretty much an entire defensive line has high NFL hype (who’s taking pressure and attention off of who?) but with Wilkins there’s no doubt in my mind he’s a stub who I have a top 10 grade on. Now he’s DE teammates, I like but I am more cautious with them because I do have some doubts. Don’t get me wrong they are NFL talent prospects but I need to break down film more to really get a handle on who they really are as NFL prospects.

NCAA Football: ACC Championship-Clemson vs Miami Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Adams, RB, Notre Dame

This is an awesome year for RBs. I am truly excited which really shows you what a draft nerd I am. Sad thing is though; I really don’t think RB is a huge need for the Dolphins. I loved Kenyan Drake coming out of Alabama. I did have injury concerns for him, but if he didn’t tear his knee up, I think he would have been a first round pick. There was definitely respect in the scouting community for Drake. For Adams, he’s really come on the map for me. I think he’s got great potential, size and NFL talent. I love his attention to the details of his game and I think he’s got a chance to make an immediate impact in the NFL next year. He is a junior and may stay in school but if he declares he’ll be an enticing prospect.

NCAA Football: Navy at Notre Dame Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Jeff Holland, DE, Auburn

Holland has had a terrific season and appears to just be scratching the surface of his potential. He seems to put himself in good position, uses his hands well and plays with good technique. When I say good hand use too, allow me to use one play in particular as an example: he’s playing RT DE standing up, it’s a rush to his side, he extends his RT arm on the chest of the RT OT (keeping him off and not allowing the O-lineman to latch on) while keeping his LT shoulder free thus stringing the play out and forcing the RB to cut it inside back to where his teammates are pursuing. He doesn’t get a stat on that play, but that is textbook playing the run from the defensive end position…. outstanding. As a pass rusher he can run the arch, has good closing speed and (good technique) pursues under control. He has real talent for rushing the passer. Now, he’s not the biggest guy in the world and teams will have to be smart about how they use him; also I think his first step needs to be quicker and I’d like to see him expand his pass rushing moves. He is a junior too so he may not even be in this draft, I just think he’s had a great season and he’s impressed me.

NCAA Football: Georgia at Auburn Albert Cesare-USA TODAY Sports

Uchenna Nwosu, LB, USC

His stock is rising fast. I’ve noticed him back when I was scouting Cameron Smith over the summer, but I clearly need to get film of just him. I had him as a do more research type player but I’ve seen some tape this season and it’s been very good. He deserves more attention. My initial impression of him is he’s quick, instinctive, high motor and good intensity. I will do more write-ups on this young man.

NCAA Football: UCLA at Southern California Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports