The Miami Dolphins, barring any other moves, will enter the 2017 NFL Draft with a combination of Kiko Alonso, newly added Lawrence Timmons, Neville Hewitt and Deon Lacey as their principal linebackers.
Enter Temple Owl Haason Reddick. For me, Reddick is the perfect pick for the Dolphins at 22nd overall. He is a complete three down linebacker, and has the added ability of being able to rush the passer on third down.
Where Reddick really can help the Dolphins is in pass coverage. At 6-foot-1, 237 pounds, he has the size to match up with opposing tight ends, which is crucial when you play the New England Patriots twice a year, who have Dwayne Allen and Rob Gronkowski.
Reddick´s speed (he ran a 4.52 at the NFL Combine) gives him the ability to match up with opposing running backs out of the backfield. He has great lateral speed as well, and can make plays one on one in the open field.
Reddick´s absurd 22.5 tackles for loss his senior year pay homage to his ability to make plays in the backfield, displaying his incredible instincts and nose for the ball. He never has to leave the field, and adds a bonus ability to rush the passer on third down.
Matt Burke, now DC and former LB coach for the Dolphins, has to have his eyes set on Reddick. The only question now becomes whether or not Reddick will be available to the Dolphins at 22nd overall. His popularity continues to rise as more teams watch his tape, and I would not be surprised to see him go as high as 15.