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Dolphins pick LB Jordan Tripp in fifth round

The Dolphins were not thrilled when the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Ryan Shazier ahead of them in the first round of the NFL draft. That meant the trouble Miami had stopping the run and covering backs and tight ends on third downs last year is still a concern.

But at least the Dolphins are addressing the need to bring more competition to the position.

The Dolphins just picked Montana linebacker Jordan Tripp in the fifth round.

No, he's not a starter from Day One of training camp. He is going to have to earn his keep on special teams, where the Dolphins expect him to be excellent. But he does address a need if they are going to try and move on from Phillip Wheeler.

"I played teams all five year," Tripp said. "I've long-snapped on special teams. I'm happy to get down there to play special teams."

Tripp, 6-3 and 234 pounds, does bring an ability to run. He does bring versatility in that he played both inside and outside at Montana.

"Whereever they want to plug me in, obviously, special teams is very important as well, I'll do it to the best of my abilities," Tripp said.

The Dolphins have worked their Montana pipeline with this pick. The team previously had Lex Hilliard and Dan Carpenter from Montana.

 

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he's a late fifth...

So far I've got every pick right. You can see my mock from last week,

Strong character guys dominating. If 2 of these guys end up starting, it will again prove that Ireland set the franchise back tremendously, by the Fins having to re-draft 2013 to a large extent.
2 Starters would be great, 3 better, but not probable?

The thing is, if the new starters take us to 8-8 again, it's curtains for Joe.

..MIT..Who' column did you read? Fritz Neighbor? Armando. You forgot Jimmy Wilson.

...Cory Proctor, Tuff Harris, Dave Dickenson, Doug Betters...All Ex Griz players..

Per Bleacher Report, Jordan Tripp admitted football has been in his blood for many years.
He did not comment on whether this caused his draft stock to fall.

IMAWriter, you have to be one naive hick to think Goodell influenced the draft in anyway against Miami

That kind of thinking is known as Paranoia.

Guys would you take Glennon if Bucs trade him which is rumored or take Mettenberger. Which QB do you like?

That's a great move for our special teams. With Tripp on special teams we will be ok on coverage.

DD, can't remember who's column it was..

But he spoke about Tripp in legendary tones...

Maybe Goodell didn't, but don't tell me it's mere coincidence that NFL.net&ESPN go to commercial break just before every Fin pick!

Well if ESPN would get their nose out of Cleveland and SF's arse and who took what QB, they might notice the intriguing story of the Fins drafting 5 team captains.

Nice move on character after the bully gate crap.

So, arguably one of the biggest needs wasn't addressed until the 6th round after WR, and TE. Which I wouldn't even think of as needs and still no RB. Wow

Trade for Glennon??? We have a QB! you don't trade for a bench warmer.

Tripp's cone and shuttle times are crazy for a LB. Moves suddenly like a CB, throw in a 38vertical and a better time than Jarvis Landry and yeah you can see why Jordan Tripp is a viable plan b for missing on a guy who I think will be legendary in Ryan Shazier.

..Tripp can long snap in emergency duty..These Montana kids that make it in the do so partly because they all play special teams at some point. They teach it here as a point of pride. Most of the Griz that play in the NFL now are in the league because they can crush it on ST's

MIT.... that was me, on my NSA ENCRYPTED blog.
Glad you hacked on! I'll tell NSA my Tripp rave was not security related.

Probably could have gotten Tripp in the 6th round but Hickey stays true to form. If the player he wants is there he doesn't care what round it is. Identify the player that fits the scheme and take him! 5 Team Captains picked. They are leaders so this may work for us.

Was not happy with pick until I just watched tape. Tripp was putting the smack down on RBs. If he can do it at next level I will be very happy. Looks like he can play inside or out. The anti Wheeler.

Tannehill sucks. He has no pocket awareness. He holds on to the ball way too long. That is something you don't teach. You hhaveit or you don't.

EMO, you're right about the commercial breaks not being a coincidence, but they were doing that to the Fins LONG before Goodell go there.
I jus think the ESPN guys resent the 17-0, and most there are unabated Jets fans, with a few patsies and Bills fans thrown in.

Not much you can do but win a lot, especially against the Fins division.
ESON owns ABC, both are ultra liberal, and not so subtly consider Miami a 3rd world country. Ignorance as well, always calling UM and the Fins "South Beach."

John

Was Tannehill drafted in 2014?? I thik we are taking 2014 draft this weekend. Take you stupid analysis of TH to the NYJ blog....they hate Tannehill as much as you!!

..Morphin watch the game v App State(Sept2013) Weber(Nov 13) You will see what people are talking about.

Tripp had a 3rd rd grade on CBS.

One positive that I can say about this draft is

Billy Turner, Lynch, Tripp all had higher draft grades than the Dolphins picked them at.

Excellent point, D-Fan Rick. The Incognito Debacle was covered ad nauseam 24/7. National freakin'news.
The Organization's attemlt to cure & move forward:not even a ten-second mention.

70% of these guys well never hear from again...

Tripp is quite the confident lad. "I am the most versatile LB in the draft and would have gone in the first RD if I went to Alabama"

Analysis

Strengths Triggers fast downhill vs. the run. Diagnoses quickly and is around the ball a lot. Outstanding motor, intensity and effort. Extremely competitive. Very tough. Outstanding weight-room work ethic. Sculpted with very minimal body fat. Elected team captain. Exceptional character. Emergency long snapper (started all four years). Has a special-teams temperament. Takes the game very seriously. Athleticism was on display at the combine -- paced linebackers with a 3.96-second short shuttle, recorded a 6.89-second 3-cone drill and vertical jumped 37 1/2 inches.

Weaknesses Has short flappers and gets stuck on blocks. Can do a better job using his hands to stack and shed. Plays a bit too out of control. Tightness shows up in space trying to break down and secure open-field tackles (misses too many). Wound tight in coverage and not quick to redirect (allows separation).

Draft Projection Rounds 5-6

Bottom Line A tough, determined, competitive overachiever capable of earning a job as a backup linebacker and special-teams performer.

Jordan Tripp analysis. You decide??

Tannehill sucks. He has no pocket awareness. He holds on to the ball way too long. That is something you don't teach. You hhaveit or you don't.

Posted by: John | May 10, 2014 at 03:56 PM
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John, come this time next year...or earlier, you'll either be a eating those words, or heaven help us, the Fins all be again back to square 1.

...Very very happy fan today...So psyched.

MIT..I'm not sure if Tripp is Dave Dickenson status, but certainly Mariani, or Colt Anderson popular!

Aikens had a 3rd rd grade too

Posted by: Dolfan Rick | May 10, 2014 at 03:52 PM

Yeah I don't want a team story about how drafted 5 team captains!

All the media will do is spin it into how we drafted a felon ha!!

Daniel McCullers or Kelcy Quarles maybe...

Your right IMA.... but an off-point observation: I notice that post-LBJ, most jocks & media say "South Beach." Even one of our draft picks did it.
They all should be "sentenced" to an August day outside & on foot in Downtown Miami.

Tripp is quite the confident lad. "I am the most versatile LB in the draft and would have gone in the first RD if I went to Alabama"

Posted by: morphin | May 10, 2014 at 04:00 PM
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What's encouraging is he didn't say "I would have WENT."
Obviously, those Montana boys are well educated.
Nothing wrong with confidence, and what he said is a moot point, and will be forgotten once the pads go on.

there are a lot of good players left on board...

Brandon Coleman??????

"The Dolphins have worked their Montana pipeline with this pick. The team previously had Lex Hilliard and Dan Carpenter from Montana."


What about Jimmy Wilson. He's a Montana guy and still on the roster.

Jones?

Maybe Goodell didn't, but don't tell me it's mere coincidence that NFL.net&ESPN go to commercial break just before every Fin pick!

Posted by: Emo | May 10, 2014 at 03:51 PM


If it is planned, then it is nothing more than ESPN using commercial time during the teams that generate the least amount of national interest.

GOOD THING FOR US IT IS SUCH A DEEP DRAFT

Any other year these guys would all be first rounders.

MIT

Who are your guys left with good metrics??

Currently Miami is the biggest embarrassment team for the NFL. Ireland, DezGate, BullyGate, freakin circus.

This could be another OT like Richardson

If it is planned, then it is nothing more than ESPN using commercial time during the teams that generate the least amount of national interest.

Posted by: Para Ti | May 10, 2014 at 04:12 PM
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You mean more than Tampa Bay, J-Ville, etc?
The Dolphins are always in the top 10 for gear sales. You are a fool.

Jones's game films evince an absence of aesthetic appeal, and an embarrassing failure to incorporate a Post-post-Modern, Neo-Ironic outlook.

Richardson has a 2nd 3rd round grade

Draft Projection Rounds 2-3

Bottom Line A big, strong, athletic college left tackle who might be more naturally suited for the right side in the pros, Richardson is agile enough to protect the blind side if he learns to become a better hand technician. Has the look of a Pittsburgh prototype and compares favorably to Steelers 2011 second-round pick Marcus Gilbert. Has clear, unrefined starter traits.

Analysis

Strengths Good functional football-playing speed. Accelerates off the line and can create separation. Tracks the deep ball well, contorts his body in the air and can make difficult catches look easy. Can create after the catch and make the first defender miss on bubble screens out of the slot. Willing blocker -- displays surprising toughness for his size to mix it up with linebackers. Fared well vs. better competiition (see South Carolina). Comes from a very supportive family and has strong personal and football character. The game is very important to him.

Weaknesses Not physically strong with a lean body build, small hands and short arms. Can be knocked off routes by tight press coverage. Average strength and elusiveness after the catch. Looks for a landing spot before contact (hears footsteps). Alligator arms appear in traffic and bodies the ball along the sideline. Shows some tightness in his body coming out of breaks and routes could use more refinement.

Draft Projection Round 7-Priority free agent

Bottom Line A smooth, fluid, athletic small-school receiver with the hands, body control and concentration to earn a roster spot and develop into a solid contributor.

This maybe the 1st pick that is not a good pick at all.

I can't figure out why we passed on a highly rated Middle Linebacker and a Center/Guard. The 49ers selected both guys on consecutive picks.

terrible pick...

Guys, if you are seriously "grading " and "assessing" SIXTH ROUND PICKS then you have left sanity way in the rear-view mirror.

Matt Hazel

Garn, my two guys left with the best metrics for their positions at this point are

Laurent Duvernay Tardiff , OT, McGill, who has been very linked to Miami

and

Brock Coyle, ILB, Montana

Reason they are still on the board is because they aren't big school guys and will take time to develop but physically they are top notch.

Didn't see that coming at all..

Para Troll:
@4:13 reveals, if it was ever in doubt, ur a hater & a troll.
So now you're saying cmmcl breaks are Purposefully blocking Fins?

You mean more than Tampa Bay, J-Ville, etc?
The Dolphins are always in the top 10 for gear sales. You are a fool.
Posted by: IMAWriter | May 10, 2014 at 04:15 PM


You missed the point entirely. No surprise. Gear sales are irrelevant when you blemished the entire NFL with bully gate, Cogs gate, Dez gate, RossGate. More gates than a penitentiary! Advertisers probably advised them keep the dysfunctional team off the air lol

Mark, it's the 6th round. The vast majority of these kids will never play a single down of pro football in a game that counts.

It really is time to give it a rest unless you are hellbent on sounding like a complete lunatic.

I'd like both if them MIT..

Be nice to see a Cdn boy on roster!

I am a lunatic, so what?!?!?!

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