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Dolphins attend Pro day for supplemental draft safety Jalen Thompson

Discussion in 'Miami Dolphins Forum' started by Disgustipate, Jul 8, 2019.

  1. Disgustipate

    Disgustipate Season Ticket Holder Club Member

    Nov 25, 2007

    There aren't any "vs." youtube videos isolating Jalen Thompson, but you can watch him #34 in "vs. Washington State defense" videos:

    He's a bit of an odd duck in terms of his role- Washington State usually lined him up wide over the offenses passing strength, where he generally is picking up the #2 or #3 receiver directly in a bunch of different disguised coverage moving from a safety-like positioning. He's almost more of a corner, or corner/safety hybrid than a true safety in the classical NFL sense.

    I'm kind of torn on how the Dolphins will feel about him- In some respects I think his skill set might be really compelling to the team as a potential guy in the Duron Harmon/Devin McCourty spectrum. Someone who serves as the second free safety, some of the dime roles, etc.

    On the other hand though, he might be kind of a luxury in the sense that you've got to train him to play as a center-fielder, and that might REALLY be the thing you want- you're already in a situation where the coaching staff seems to see Minkah Fitzpatrick as very compelling as a dime/slot corner and not FS, to the point where you're already maybe dislodging Bobby McCain and another guy risks basically marginalizing him.
  2. KeyFin

    KeyFin Well-Known Member

    Nov 1, 2009
    I agree- unless he could start eventually at corner opposite X, I don't see where he fits unless you plan on cutting Jones and McDonald loose next year. But since this is a long-term rebuild that may be exactly what they're thinking about.
  3. Disgustipate

    Disgustipate Season Ticket Holder Club Member

    Nov 25, 2007
    I dunno, I think it's quite likely Minkah Fitzpatrick is predominantly a corner. Barry Jackson said that the slot was basically his, and that he's had some work on the boundary. I think it's quite possible they might put in the work to make sure they can scheme him as a base boundary corner- he'd work real well at the Tampa-2 stuff that they like to throw in, at least.

    The Patriots seem to want to carry a SS and two FS, so there might be room despite a relative logjam right now.
  4. Ohiophinphan

    Ohiophinphan Chaplain Staff Member Luxury Box

    I think if and where the team bids on him will tell us a lot about their long term plans. Not everything of course but a lot. He looks like a good fit if a regular dose of 6 db's is in the Phins phuture.
  5. Hooligan

    Hooligan Season Ticket Holder Club Member

    Dec 31, 2018
    Costa Rica
    What looks like a logjam now might be a position of need at the bye week. Might make for some creative blitz packages.
  6. TheHighExhaulted

    TheHighExhaulted Well-Known Member

    Jan 15, 2008
    New York
    What is this "blitz" you speak of?
  7. invid

    invid Season Ticket Holder Club Member

    Dec 9, 2012
    I think this is very much factoring into their interest.
  8. dolfan22

    dolfan22 Season Ticket Holder Club Member

    [​IMG]Tony Pauline‏ @TonyPauline 33s33 seconds ago
    Can confirm; the Green Bay Packers flew Jalen Thompson/S to their facility after yesterday's workout for medicals and interviews in preparation for tomorrow's supplemental draft.

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