Continuing our new daily series, we continue to take a look at players the Miami Dolphins may consider selecting at some point during the 2017 NFL Draft. While these players may not all be first round quality, this series will look at players across all the rounds that the Miami Dolphins could select during the draft process.
Moving on from the potential day two selection of defensive end Chris Wormley, today, we take a look at a player who could be a day three pick for the Miami Dolphins. Needing depth at linebacker, the Dolphins could land someone from up the road in Boca Raton in the form of FAU linebacker Trey Hendrickson.
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One of the best defenders not just on FAU’s roster but in the entire Conference USA over the past four years, Trey Hendrickson was a great performer for the Owls. Named to the All-Conference USA First Team in each of the last two years, Hendrickson also tied for second in sacks across all of the FBS in 2015.
Despite seeing a drop in production last year, much of this can be attributed to the fact that teams kept a very close eye on his whereabouts. Also a special teams master, Hendrickson blocked four kicks in 2016 and should be somone teams look at to help lead their special teams units for years to come thanks to just this fact alone.
Good upper-body turn when rushing the passer, something that makes it hard for blockers to keep him at bay. Rushes with solid lean to get around the edge and also has a strong club hand to soften the edge. Arm-extension and acceleration combo gives him a solid speed-to-power push when engaged with a blocker.
Impressive and fluid footwork allows him to use a solid spin move. Hands are good when used to cut off certain blocking types. Goes for the ball when making tackles and also has the quickness to cut through running lanes. Special teams master that has shown an amazing ability to block kicks on a consistent basis.
Lean legs and short arms combine with only average height for an outside linebacker. Not going to be someone that makes tackles for loss when stopping the run. Slow when responding and diagnosing plays right after the snap. Allows blockers to cross him and beat him to the place he is heading.
Gets hooked and secured by smaller players without much issue. Needs to be better at setting the edge and thumping players upon contact. Plays too-tall and off balance when trying to make a transition. Allows blockers to get under him and gain leverage when trying to transition off of blocks. Is a second-effort specialist that won’t win quick battles.