Jordan Tripp NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Dolphins OLB

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Jordan Tripp NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Dolphins OLB
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Jordan Tripp, OLB, Montana (HT: 6’2¾” WT: 234 lbs.)

Miami Dolphins (Dolphins trade 57th pick to 49ers for 63rd and 171st picks)

Fifth Round: 171st Pick

Combine Weigh-In
Height Weight Arm Hand
6’2¾" 234 30 3/4" 9 5/8"

Combine Workout
40-yd dash 10-yd split Vert Broad 3-Cone Shuttle
4.67 1.58 37 1/2" 10' 6.89 3.96


  • Smart linebacker who reads keys well and can react quickly. 
  • Quick, nimble feet in short areas. 
  • Terrific long speed to chase down plays in the open field. 
  • Has initial quickness to accelerate on the ball or in blitz calls. 
  • Instinctive to find small gaps as a blitzer. 
  • Comfortable in a back pedal to get depth in zone coverage. 
  • Can put his foot in the ground to come forward and play routes in front of him well. 
  • Anticipates routes well and has skills for man coverage. 
  • Fits the run quickly coming downhill to close down space. 
  • Disciplined in pursuit angles, not a liability to his team. 
  • Always seems to be around the ball. 
  • Plays with a high motor and high energy level. 
  • Athleticism and instinctive traits translate to special teams value. 
  • Complimented leadership and off-field traits.


  • Not an overly dominant or stand-out type player at the FCS level. 
  • On the small side in terms of both weight and length. 
  • Not an overly fluid mover, tight in the hips. 
  • Tightness limits versatility and ability to limit separation throughout routes in coverage. 
  • Limited in terms of functional strength and doesn’t translate as a traditional box linebacker well. 
  • Not an overly physical defender. 
  • Doesn’t always extend hands to keep blockers off his frame and has short arms if he does. 
  • Gets mentally hung up when taking on blockers, will lose eye contact with the football. 
  • Inconsistent to poor technique as a tackler. 
  • Doesn’t keep head up and drive to generate power, need to drag down backs instead of driving to limit yards after contact.

Collegiate Statistics
Year Team Tackles TFL Sacks FF PD INT
2009 Montana 23 0 0 0 1 0
2010 Montana 99 9 3.5 0 3 1
2011 Montana 18 1.5 0 0 0 0
2012 Montana 95 13.5 5.5 4 6 2
2013 Montana 100 5.5 2 1 5 3

Personal Notes

  • Suffered a shoulder injury three games into his 2011 season that required surgery and ended his season. 
  • Two-time FCS All-American
  • Two-time first-team All-Big Sky

Ratings Chart

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Jordan Tripp came into the draft picture during his senior season and may have locked himself into a “draftable” designation with a successful Senior Bowl week. His leadership, mentality and intensity were all eye-catching characteristics in Mobile, Ala.

Unfortunately, the lack of size and strength may hold back Tripp. His combine measurements all came in at impressive numbers, which may indicate a team will give him an opportunity to win a job at linebacker. He translates as a depth linebacker in a base 4-3 with special teams value.

Draft Projection: Fifth-Sixth Round

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