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Miami Dolphins 2017 NFL Draft Prospect: LB Alex Anzalone

Eric Roddy looks at Florida Gator LB Alex Anzalone as a potential fit for the Miami Dolphins in the 2017 NFL Draft.

A potential mid-round steal for anyone in the 2017 NFL Draft is Florida Gators LB Alex Anzalone.

Expected to go in the 3rd-4th round range, Anzalone has the athleticism and diversity to become an instant impact player or even starter. The Miami Dolphins, who currently have the highest awarded compensatory pick (97th overall in the 3rd round), desperately need depth at the LB position and could invest in Anzalone.

Anzalone was reported visting the Dolphins last week, and could be available when the Dolphins pick in the third round.

Anzalone is 6-foot-3, 241 pounds and has the perfect size for the Dolphins, who have already added bigger linebacker Lawrence Timmons to pair with the finesse of Kiko Alonso. Anzalone´s best trait is his ability to tackle. He racked up 53 tackles his senior year despite playing only 8 games. He has played all three linebacker positions, and would likely be used on the outside, keeping Kiko at the MLB position.

The biggest question mark surrounding Anzalone is his durability. Dolphins Report Michael Hernandez is weary about the Dolphins selecting Anzalone because he only totaled 18 games in four years with the Gators. In two consecutive seasons, he suffered season-ending injuries, the most recent being a broken left arm back in November of 2016.

Durability is likely the only factor keeping Anzalone from going early in Round 3 or even late Round 2.

The Dolphins, who were depleted all last year with injuries on defense, will have to decide if Anzalone is worth the risk in the third round, or will have to hope for him to drop into the 4th round, where they could use their three fifth round picks to trade up and grab him.


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