Is it even a possibility that a top-3 overall pick on many boards slips out of the top 10 and right into the lap of the Miami Dolphins for two years straight? It is becoming more feasible as we speak.
The Miami Dolphins have just drafted a prospect that is widely regarded as the best player in the draft, Laremy Tunsil. Wait… that was last year. Let’s move on to this year, where the Miami Dolphins very well may have the opportunity to draft a prospect widely regarded as a top-3 overall player in the draft.
His name is used in the same sentences as Luke Kuechly and Patrick Willis. He has been labeled as the best linebacker prospect to come out of a draft in the last decade. He is said to be better than another Alabama alum, Dont’a Hightower. His name is Reuben Foster.
Let’s start with his strengths on the field. He has all the right instincts to anchor the middle of a defense and do it well. When watching linebacker tape, the first step a player takes is very important. Foster has a nose for the ball and a 6th sense allowing him to know where to be and when. He flies around the field and is tough to get around, whether through the air or on the ground.
He can improve every aspect of a defense. He is an excellent blitzing linebacker with a strong lower body and an even stronger upper body. No team has been able to effectively block him for an entire game, as he is too much to handle. He can get to the running back before the running back even knows where he is going. He has the speed to keep up with pass-catching tight ends as well as slot receivers over the middle.
Reuben Foster also brings a punch when he tackles. He is not trying to simply bring the ball-carrier to the ground, rather he is trying to force a fumble with every hit. He is a forceful presence in the middle of the field that causes offensive coordinators to lose sleep at night and puts fear in the eyes of the opposing offense.
In short, Reuben Foster is the best in the last decade for a reason. On the field, he is going to make a certain General Manager extremely happy in the future.
Let’s move on to his weaknesses on the field. Nothing. You could say he is a smaller linebacker with a height of 6 feet. But you won’t even have enough time to think about that when he is on the field. He undoubtedly plays bigger than his size and few coaches will hesitate because of his size.
Then why is he not going number one overall? Well let’s talk about his off-field incidents. He got into a heated altercation with a medical staff member at the NFL combine. Teams have somewhat waived that off, saying it was blown out of proportion. But there cannot be many sides to the story; he obviously has a temper problem that cannot be ignored. He also is said to have failed a drug test at the combine. These can only hurt a player in the draft.
The argument is that his play on the field can still get him drafted very high. But