Miami Dolphins Doing Their Homework On Little Known Prospect

Sep 22, 2012; College Station, TX, USA; Rice Owls quarterback Driphus Jackson (6) stiff arms Marshall Thundering Herd safety Dominick LeGrande (6) in the first quarter at Rice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

 

There’s no question that the Miami Dolphins may be looking to upgrade the safety position during the upcoming NFL Draft. No, the team will not be finding a day one starter. But the ‘Phins may be looking for their future stud.

Miami has been looking at star studded safeties such as Johnathan Cyprien of Florida International, Matt Elam of Florida and Kenny Vacarro of Texas as well as an under-the-radar player, Don Jones of Arkansas State.

 

The team apparently has also been doing their homework on a former Boston College safety, Dominick Le Grande.

 

Le Grande, who played his final season at Marshall University, held his pro day on March 13th and Miami, among many other teams, was represented.

 

Here are a look at Le Grande’s reported test results:

 

Height: 6’2”

Weight: 213

 

40 Yard-Dash: Unofficial Low: 4.29

Unofficial High: 4.33

Official Low: 4.47

Official High: 4.50

Bench (225): 16

Vertical: 36.5 inches

Broad: 10’0”

Shuttle: 4.42 – reported that he tweaked his hamstring after his second 40 run..

 

Le Grande is definitely an interesting prospect. At 6’2” (actually looks a lot BIGGER than that) 213 pounds, Le Grande is a big and I mean BIG safety. The guy is absolutely chiseled.

 

During his three-year tenure with Boston College, Le Grande saw time at safety and linebacker tallying 72 total tackles over three-years (47 solo, 25 assists) while also grabbing 3.5 tackles for a loss, 1 sack, 2 interceptions, 3 passes defensed and 1 forced fumble.

 

He was quite productive with the Thundering Herd during his senior season. Le Grande led the nation in tackles at the safety position with an astounding 132 total tackles (69 solo, 63 assists) – this was also 8th in the nation overall. He was also able to tally 3 tackles for loss, force one fumble, reel in 2 interceptions and knock down 7 passes.

 

Le Grande’s play style is reminiscent of a mix between Adrian Wilson and Bernard Pollard. Wilson and Pollard are big safeties who know how to attack ball carriers and also make an impact via the run game.

 

Le Grande struggles a bit tackling ball carriers in open space, but he is still quite raw. You would also like to see him more effective against the pass as many teams are looking for a ball-hawk type safety. Make no mistake though, the potential is definitely there.

 

It’s tough to put an exact grade on the big safety, but I certainly would not mind using a 6th (yes I am aware the Dolphins do not have one..) or a 7th round pick on the young man.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpRol6YxNRQ

Topics: 2013 NFL Draft, Dominick Le Grande, Jonathan Cyprien, Kenny Vaccaro, Matt Elam, Miami Dolphins

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  • Randy Curry

    The Fins have TWO 5th round picks.

    Is he worth the 166th overall compensatory pick?

    • TylerMcMullen

      Boy, that’s a tough one, Randy. I’m a big fan of the kid, don’t get me wrong. I do think that if you’re in love with the kid, take him in round five. Could Miami go that route? Certainly. Do they? I’m not so sure. It’s a crapshoot. Is he worth a fifth? His upside is realistically worth a 4th. But there is a bit of risk. He was unproductive during his tenure with Boston College. Although some of that had to do with lack of playing time, I do wonder why he saw little action. But, yes. Personally if I was calling the shots, and Miami felt comfortable with Clemons and Jones, I’d take him at 166. Thanks for the read and the comment, Randy!!

  • Bill Stowers

    Woohoo! Go herd.

  • Miami Jules

    OK, here we go. Tyler I had left a reply on here since early this morning and while I became, shall we say entangled with the conversation going on on the prior post, and then looking at tape on F/B etc. I hadn’t come back until now, only to discover my post had gone the way of Atlantis… gone.
    I don’t have a history with Le Grande (almost means “the Large” in Spanish, but it may mean the same in French however my high school French may be a bit rusty). He looks great on tape and he is one of those regional finds which can become an analyst find, much like TY Hilton was mine last year which earned me some notoriety and respect around some sites because out of area people were like -”Who?”- Too bad about our local schools this year but in ’15 I’ll be ranting “The Duke” Locals stay out of this conversation (just kidding) because if you’re in my area you already know who I’m talking about. I hope this comment posts because otherwise it was a lot of writing for naught.

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