Stuart McNair

Miami Dolphins NFL Combine: Linebackers to Watch

The Miami Dolphins desperately need new linebackers. Here are the Top 5 LB's to watch at the NFL Combine.

The Miami Dolphins will almost definitely be drafting a LB in the 2017 NFL Draft. Here are the five linebackers who's stock could greatly influence where they are drafted. 

1. Reuben FosterAlabama Crimson Tide

There is little to no chance Foster drops to 22nd overall, unless he just doesn't grade out in the combine. Foster has been compared to NFL studs like Luke Kuechly and C.J. Mosley Jr.. He will be a Top 10 pick. However, if he doesn't perform like expected at the combine (due to previous injuries), he could fall to the early 20's, where the Dolphins would likely sprint to the podium to take him. 

2. Raekwon McMillanOhio State Buckeyes

McMillian is the athletic, speedy LB the Dolphins desperately need, He can rush the QB, drop into coverage, and tackles like an animal. MacMillan has a great opportunity this year at the combine. If he measures out, he will fly up big boards into the late first round, rather than go in the 2nd like his is currently projected. MacMillan would be a bit of a reach for the Dolphins at 22nd overall, so the team may hope he doesn't catch as many eyes at the combine so they could potentially get him in the second. 

3. Zach CunninghamVanderbilt Commodores   

If you had to ask me right now who I thought the Dolphins would draft at 22nd overall (a stupid question before free agency), I would go with Cunningham. He is an absolute monster at the LB position, and would be a plug-and-play player right now, keeping Kiko in the middle. Cunningham is rangy, and can go sideline to sideline in a burst. He is big enough and fast enough to cover TE's like Rob Gronkowski, and he can rush the QB. He is a perfect fit. The only way Cunningham isn't available to the Dolphins at 22 is if he completely dominates the combine. A tough task considering the depth of the position this year. 

4. T.J. WattWisconsin Badgers 

Watt, a less spectacular but more diverse overall player than his famous brother J.J. Watt, also is on the fringe of the first and second round. A great combine would almost certainly push him into the late first round, where he would be unavailable to the Dolphins. An average or underachieving combine would cement Watt in the 2nd, where the Dolphins could and likely would draft him. Watt's greatest strength is his ability to come off the edge and get to the passer. The Dolphins would be intrigued to get a traditional OLB and also a third down rusher in one. 

5. Jalen Reeves-MaybinTennessee Volunteers

Considered a late-round project because of his lack of size and injuries (missed last season with a shoulder injury), Reeves-Maybin could be the steal of the draft for whoever takes him. If Reeves-Maybin can prove his skills at the combine, he should shoot up into the 4th round. If he can't, the Dolphins may find themselves able to draft him with one of their three fifth round picks they have thanks to compensatory picks. Reeves-Maybin would be an ideal late round pick, providing depth to an otherwise non-existent LB unit. 


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