Could fifth round draft pick Jordan Tripp earn a starting linebacker spot as a rookie? According to the Palm Beach Post, it’s not an inconceivable notion after talking to the Dolphins’ linebackers coach:
“Nobody has nailed down a spot as far as I’m concerned,” Dolphins linebackers coach Mark Duffner told the Palm Beach Post. “Tackling is something we’re certainly putting a priority on. You can’t play defense if you can’t tackle – it’s probably our No. 1 fundamental that has to be done.”
Playing against both Atlanta’s second and third team units, Tripp graded as the team’s fourth-best player. He graded especially well in run defense and was solid in pass coverage.
“He had the most multiple roles of any player in the game and the game plan was to see if he could handle those responsibilities,” Duffner said. “The good news about it is that he didn’t back down from it. He’s a highly competitive guy and he did see reps against their second group. It didn’t appear like it’s too big for him right now and we’re going to continue to see his ability to make plays.”
“I love the system,” Tripp said. “The more comfortable I get, the faster I’m going to play.”
Let the Zach Thomas comparisons continue to roll…