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You knew the Dolphins wanted to add an ILB, as they attempted to add D'Qwell Jackson during free agency.  With their 2nd 5th round pick, the Dolphins take Montana ILB Jordan Tripp.  Tripp brings quick diagnoses ability and comes down hill with urgency in the run game and is around the ball a lot.  Has that high motor and intensity that you want in your ILB, and is very tough and very competitive.  Dedicated to the weight room and has nice size and speed at 6'3, 234 lbs, and ran a 4.67 40 with a 37 1/2 vertical.  Lead linebackers in the combine in the 20 yard shuffle with a 3.96 and the 3-cone drill with a time of6.89.  Concerns are he has short arms and can stay on blockers and could do a better job of using his hands to stack and shed blockers.  Tough, dedicated kid that was 2 time team captain and special teams contributor also.  The game is important to him.



Jordie Tripp Highlights


Round 5, Pick 31
Jordie Tripp, OLB
Montana | Senior
Hometown: Missoula, MT
6-3 / 234 lbs.





Production 1
2009: (15/0)- 23-0-0 2010: (11/11)- 99-9-3.52011: (3/3)- 18-1.5-0 2012: (11/11)- 95-13.5-5.52013: (13/13)- 100-5.5-2 Career: 10 FR, 5 FF, 8 PBU, 5 INT, 1 Block

Height-Weight-Speed 2
Tall with adequate bulk and room on frame to grow. Good straight-line speed (4.64 40-dash). Short arms (30 3/4') and average hand-span (9 5/8').

Durability 3
In 2011, suffered season-ending shoulder injury vs. Eastern Washington (required surgery) and redshirted. Otherwise has been durable throughout career, starting all 35 games in 2010, 2012 and 2013 combined.

Intangibles 1
Overachiever with great work ethic and passion. Elite football character and intelligence. Exemplary leader. You want this guy in your locker room. Works with special needs children. Team captain. Experienced long snapper that could serve emergency role in NFL. Parents are Bryan and Lisa Tripp. Father, Bryan, was starting LB in 1989-90 and grandfather, Gene, played and lettered in the 1960's.

1 = ExceptionaL | 2 = Above average | 3 = Average | 4 = Below average | 5 = Marginal


Instincts/Recognition 3
Aggressive player. Takes many false steps. A bit out of control at times. Reads key quickly and attacks (often times over-aggressively). Does an adequate job of reacting to ball but often times forced to redirect after overextending initially. Gets sucked up inside on too many zone runs. Above average awareness and good discipline in zone coverage. Does not abort zone responsibility too early when QB scrambles.

Take-on Skills 4
Has short arms. Needs to improve as a hand fighter. Takes too long to get off blocks.
Range vs. Run 2
Lacks ideal change-of-direction skills but shows adequate-to-good quickness and straight-line speed. Above average overall range as run defender, in part due to excellent motor and intensity level.

Tackling 4
Shows some striking power at point of attack when squared up and in good position for initial contact. But not reliable enough in this department. Overextends too often as a tackler and winds up lunging or diving for too many attempted tackles. Struggles a bit in open field as a tackler vs. quicker ball carriers. Too many missed tackles in space and winds up on ground too often.

3rd Down Capabilities 3
Has quick feet but is high in pedal. Adequate depth on drops. Aware and disciplined in zone coverage. Adequate man-to-man versus tight ends but too tight to consistently hold up versus NFL RBs and no chance versus slot WRs. Struggles to redirect. Allows too much separation. If in position to contend, has surprisingly good ball skills for LB. Short, choppy steps as pass rusher. Doesn't eat up enough real estate with first few steps. Is relentless with effort but struggles to counter when reached.

1 = Exceptional | 2 = Above average | 3 = Average | 4 = Below average | 5 = Marginal




Possesses broad shoulders, a slim waste and a powerful lower half, looking the part of an NFL linebacker. Highly instinctive defender. Seemingly is always around the ball. Recovered 10 fumbles over his career.

Quickly steps up in run support, slipping past would-be blockers to meet backs in the hole. Tough. Willing to sacrifice his body to take on the double-team and will attempt to build a pile to jam things up for his teammates to make the easy play.

Good lateral agility to avoid and has enough strength and arm-length to shed. Patient tackler. Breaks down well, waiting for the ballcarrier to commit before latching on for the drag-down tackle.

Good vision and recognition in coverage. Balanced and fluid when dropping back, presenting a surprisingly tough matchup for running backs and tight ends. Helped himself with a solid week of practice at the Senior Bowl.

Despite his reputation, plays with a little more finesse than physicality. Grabs and swings ballcarriers to the ground, on occasion, rather than accelerating through them.

Loses containment responsibilities by getting too caught up with blockers. Missed all but three games of the 2011 season with a shoulder injury which required season-ending surgery.

COMPARES TO: K.J. Wright, OLB, Seattle Seahawks - Like Wright, Tripp possesses the instincts to play in the middle but his fluidity and length could also see clubs view him as more effective on the perimeter. A selection outside the top 100 is likely, but Tripp could develop into a surprising starter.

--Rob Rang


Tripp was a relative man amongst boys at the FCS level, earning a spot among the finalists for the Buck Buchanan Award as the best small school defender in the country. The third-generation Grizzly also proved that he could handle the jump in competition by enjoying a solid week at the Senior Bowl.

In some respects, Tripp is the stereotypical small school linebacker, as he is highly instinctive, tenacious and a team captain.

Don't sell Tripp short, however. Besides sporting a legitimate NFL frame, he's also a fluid athlete with good closing speed. He possesses the length and burst to intrigue as a pass rusher but only posted 11 sacks over 40 career games (25 starts) because he was more dangerous handling the run from the middle and dropping back into coverage.

As such, proponents of the traditional 4-3 alignment may find Tripp a good fit.






Montana native whose father and grandfather also played for the Grizzlies. Jordan also ran track in high school. Was primarily a special-teams player as a true freshman in 2009 (wore jersey No. 44), tallying 23 tackles, zero for loss and zero sacks in 15 games. In '10, started 9 of 11 games at strong-side linebacker and was credited with 99-9-3.5 with three pass breakups and an interception return for a touchdown. In '11, managed 18-1.5-0 in three starts at SLB before suffering a season-ending torn right labrum injury. Moved to the weak side in '12 and started all 11 games, notching 95-13.5-5.5 with two pass breakups, an interception, four forced fumbles and a fumble recovery touchdown. Started all 13 games at WLB in '13, registering 100-5.5-2 with two pass breakups, three interceptions, a forced fumble, a blocked kick and a fumble recovery touchdown. Two-time team captain. Wore Montana's legacy jersey No. 37 his final two seasons. Participated in East-West Shrine Game and Senior Bowl.


Triggers fast downhill vs. the run. Diagnoses quickly and is around the ball a lot. Outstanding motor, intensity and effort. Extremely competitive. Very tough. Outstanding weight-room work ethic. Sculpted with very minimal body fat. Elected team captain. Exceptional character. Emergency long snapper (started all four years). Has a special-teams temperament. Takes the game very seriously. Athleticism was on display at the combine -- paced linebackers with a 3.96-second short shuttle, recorded a 6.89-second 3-cone drill and vertical jumped 37 1/2 inches.

Has short flappers and gets stuck on blocks. Can do a better job using his hands to stack and shed. Plays a bit too out of control. Tightness shows up in space trying to break down and secure open-field tackles (misses too many). Wound tight in coverage and not quick to redirect (allows separation).

Rounds 5-6

A tough, determined, competitive overachiever capable of earning a job as a backup linebacker and special-teams performer.

-Nolan Nawrocki




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