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

Darren PageFeatured ColumnistMarch 27, 2014

Montana linebacker Jordan Tripp runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Michael Conroy/Associated Press

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
6’2¾"23430 3/4"9 5/8"
Combine Workout
40-yd dash10-yd splitVertBroad3-ConeShuttle
4.671.5837 1/2"10'6.893.96


  • 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

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

Graph made at nces.ed.gov.


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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