Micah Hyde is an impending free agent, set to hit the market this next week. He’ll have multiple suitors; the Miami Dolphins should be one of them.
We’re three days away from teams starting to negotiate deals with free agents. Just five away from those free agents putting pen to paper. The Dolphins are surely in the market for safety and nickel corner help especially after the injury news surrounding Isa Abdul-Quddus.
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Hyde would be a perfect fit in South Florida for multiple reasons. The versatile corner/safety our of Iowa has proven himself with the Green Bay Packers since being drafted in the 5th round in the 2013 NFL Draft.
While he hasn’t solidified himself as a consistent starter he’s proven to be a playmaker. Since 2014 he has 30 regular season starts, intercepting eight passes and is averaging 48 tackles a season.
Newly-hired defensive coordinator Matt Burke needs to find someone he can plug in and play the nickel corner. Of the top three cornerbacks on the roster – Byron Maxwell, Tony Lippett, Xavien Howard – none are a good fit for the nickel spot. This past season we saw Michael Thomas or Bobby McCain playing the nickel, neither of which are starting-caliber talent.
One of Hyde’s greatest plays from the nickel position came in the playoffs this past season. Before the snap of the ball he read the play and intercepted rookie quarterback Dak Prescott, something a lot of players failed to do this season.
Here’s a great highlight video from this past season which includes the interception on Prescott.
You see a lot of Hyde playing the nickel corner there. Another play that’s impressive which might not get a lot of attention was his ability to work through traffic on the goal line to stop Anquan Boldin on the goal line.
Hyde’s skill set is exactly what Miami needs. His cover skills in the slot and ability to defend the run as well as return punts (although not a need for Miami) are all too good to pass up especially if it’s at the right price. He’d essentially fill two needs the Dolphins have coming up this season.