News & Updates

May 23

Dolphins sign draftees Matt Hazel, Jordan Tripp

Fifth and sixth-round picks.

Jordan Tripp – Linebacker – Montana

Size – 6026 – 234 – 4.63

Strong Points – Size, athlete, speed, instincts, productive, dominates level of competition, pass coverage, competes, tackling

Weak Points – Level of competition, short arms, can get out of control in space, slow to shed at times

2013 Stats – 100 total tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, three interceptions

Summation – Tripp is a fifth-year senior and a four-year starter for Montana. He played in three games in 2011 before sustaining a season ending injury and was awarded an injury red-shirt year.

He plays outside linebacker. He has good size at 6026 – 234, with the frame to easily play at 240. His only physical shortcoming is short arms. He is very athletic, with speed and very good change of direction.

He is an instinctive playmaker who shows he can dominate a lower level of competition. He is competitive and plays hard every play. At times, he is so intent on getting to the ball that he can get out of control in space and ball carriers can cut back on him.

He is not overly physical and can be slow to shed at times (short arms and average hand use), but he plays so hard that he consistently makes plays. He makes a lot of plays coming from the backside because of his speed and angles. He is usually a good tackler, but at times, will hit and not wrap. He is very consistent versus the inside run.

He is very good in coverage, has the athleticism and change of direction to play man, and has the awareness to be effective in zone. He transitions very well for a linebacker and has very good hands.

While not used a lot to blitz, he is effective and will come hard. He needs to learn some redirect moves and use his hands better.

Overall, Tripp is an athlete who is still a bit raw. He is going to have to get a little bigger to play in the NFL, but he has the frame to do that. He will need a year to develop, but I can see him becoming a starter as a 4-3 Will sometime in his second year. He has the traits to be a good special teams' player while he is developing,

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