Friday, April 23, 2010
Dolphins take OLB Misi with 40th pick
By Tim Graham
The Miami Dolphins called Utah outside linebacker Koa Misi with the 40th selection of the draft.
Why they took him: The Dolphins need help with their pass rush. They cut outside linebacker Joey Porter, and Jason Taylor this week signed a free-agent deal with the New York Jets.
Where he fits: The Dolphins' outside linebackers are serviceable, but there are no stars. On the depth chart are Cameron Wake, Charlie Anderson and Quentin Moses.
Scouts Inc. says: Physical and has shown the ability reroute tight ends at the line of scrimmage on film. Reason to be optimistic about ability to develop serviceable underneath man-to-man cover skills. While listed at 263 pounds on roster weighed 244 pounds at the Senior Bowl and appeared more fluid there than he did on film. Adequate range in zone coverage but doesn't appear fast enough on film to consistently turn and run with NFL tight ends and backs. Greatest strength is rushing the passer. Doesn't have elite closing speed but quicker than fast. Uses hands to prevent tackle from locking on to frame, gets underneath outside shoulder and then bends back inside. Flashes the ability to get under offensive tackle and drive them back into the quarterback's lap. Gets hands up when sees quarterback start throwing motion and times jumps fairly well. Has ample experience rushing out of a two-point stance.