The Miami Dolphins have to be excited about their 22nd overall pick following the 2017 NFL Combine. This year´s event displayed unbelievable athletic ability on the defensive side of the ball, including a very important trait: speed.
A lot of players showed their ability to flat out fly. Here are my top prospects for the Dolphins with the 22nd overall pick following the Combine. They are in no particular order.
Foster makes this list not because of his combine performance, but because of his lack thereof. Foster was sent home from the weekend event for his altercation with a medical staff worker, and even stated the infamous ¨Do you know who I am line?¨ A line that only Deion Sanders would be able to get away with. Foster definitely hurt his stock with his childish outburst, but the question becomes how much?
Teams would be crazy not to draft Foster inside the Top 15, but if by some miracle he drops to the Dolphins at 22nd, he would be the safest and most obvious pick. While it is still almost impossible he falls, we have seen crazier things happen in late April.
No, that wasn´t a typo. Reddick can literally play any of the three positions listed above. That is exactly why the Dolphins should draft him at 22nd overall if he is available. Reddick crushed the combine, running a 4.52 40-yard dash among the defensive linemen. That is really fast for someone listed as 6-foot-1. 237 pounds. Reddick´s ability to drop back in coverage, tackle from side to side, and rush the passer on third down make him a jack of all trades. The Dolphins need all three of those things on defense, and Reddick could fill 2 needs with one pick.
Peppers, once considered a player without a position, absolutely shone at the Combine. He could start Day 1 for the Dolphins at strong safety alongside Reshad Jones, and could be used as an outside linebacker in other packages. He blew the 40-yard dash away, running a 4.46, and with a little more muscle, could become a force in the run stopping game. Peppers fills a need for the Dolphins and may be the best player available at 22.
One of the fastest EDGE rushers in the draft blazed a 4.59 40-yard dash, pretty incredible for a big man that is 6-foot-2, 265 pounds. McKinley would be the perfect young compliment across from Cameron Wake, and would have a couple years to learn from the 2nd best pass rusher in Miami history. McKinley should be available still at 22nd overall, and would make sense for a DE hungry team.
There may not have been a prospect who will rise up big boards faster than Connecticut Huskies safety Obi Melifonwu. The 6-foot4, 220 pound safety has been interviewed by NFL teams as a LB, and put up enormous numbers at the Combine. He ran a 4.40 40-yard dash, and his 141 inch broad jump is second in combine history behind fellow Huskie CB Byron Jones. Melifonwu, once considered a second day pick, will likely go in the late first, and would make sense for Miami. He can play safety or LB, and is an athletic freak.