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    This guy does not fill the SLB position at all, but he's a great WLB for us going forward. A little small but he's got the speed and athletic skills you want in a coverage LB.

    I think he'll be a package specialist this year. Maybe they picture subbing both Raekwon and Kiko out and have James and Anthony play in the Nickel.

    Feels like a reach at the pick. They probably really wanted Fred Warner and jumped on their next guy to be safe.
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    This is for sure a reach, alot of people had at least 5 LBs ahead of him. The dude is very athletic but he seems to lack power mostly due to a small frame. Can't get off blocks, gets moved aside by guys with ease at times. He will have a hard time with the NFL new rule about lowing his head on tackles being he did that alot in college, so much so he would miss tackles.

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    He almost looks like a DB on the field. If you were ok with the idea of using McDonald at LB then you're ok with this move.

    The only reason I dont like it right now is because of Kiko. I dont see Baker contributing much this year especially with Anthony already here. This leaves a big hole at SLB but this could be a sign that we're going to start out in Nickel instead of base 4-3. I personally would have gone with Jefferson but it's a future pick and not an immediate pick. If it means more sub packaged then I'm not going to complain.

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    Teams play the Nickel well over %50 of the time now with most only having two LBs on the field. McDonald and him give us that hybrid guy so we don't have to change personnel.

    One of the biggest issues with our D for years now has been being able to disguise looks with the same personnel. Someone like Fitz who can play all of the DB spots and a hybrid guy who can play S/LB have been needs for a long time so I understand this pick. I just liked other guys better but we will see how he turns out.

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    The biggest concern right now is our ability to stop the run. You have to stop 1st down to be able to get to your sub package and we still haven't replaced Suhs impact yet. Have to get another run stuffing DT to help us out to make these moves work out as well as they can.

    If we were going LB I would have gone Freeman but I would have rather taken Phillip's at DT and wait on LB. I just feel like Freeman is very similar to Stephone Anthony in so many ways so I dont see why you need him right now.
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    Found this interesting from Miamidolphins.com:

    Five Things To Know: Jerome Baker

    Posted May 2, 2018

    Alain Poupart Lead Writer Dolphins.com @apoupartFins

    1. In the 2017 edition of Sports Illustrated’s Freaks List, which ranks the top 40 workout warriors in college football, Baker came in at number 17, which happened to be his jersey number at Ohio State. “The Buckeyes’ recent 40-yard dash board in the Woody Hayes Center lists six players clocking 4.36 or faster in the 40 led by JC transfer CB Kendall Sheffield,” SI’s Bruce Feldman wrote. “But I’m going with the seventh-fastest player. The 223-pound Baker was timed at 4.37, and he looks every bit that fast on film. In his debut season as a starter, Baker piled up 83 tackles to go with 9.5 tackles for loss and two INTs. Better still, Baker was at his best in big games: He delivered a pick-six at Oklahoma; notched 13 tackles at No. 8 Wisconsin and came up with 15 tackles and an interception against No. 3 Michigan.”

    2. Baker made big plays in big games during his time at Ohio State. He returned an interception 68 yards for a touchdown to give the Buckeyes a 14-0 lead at No. 14 Oklahoma in 2016. He had 13 tackles in an overtime win at No. 8 Wisconsin in 2016. He had a then-career-high 15 tackles against No. 3 Michigan, plus a critical interception late in the third quarter with Ohio State down by 10, in the 2016 win over Michigan. And he had a career-high 16 tackles in the 2017 Big Ten championship game win over Wisconsin.

    3. Baker was compared by draftscout.com to Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith, a 2014 fifth-round pick who earned his first Pro Bowl invitation last season.

    4. Baker originally committed to play at the University of Florida, but eventually changed his mind and switched to Ohio State in part because of the firing of Gators head coach Will Muschamp and in part because of LeBron James’ departure from the Miami Heat and back to Cleveland in July 2014.

    5. Baker was born on Christmas Day 1996.

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    Interesting tidbits on Baker, I like it. Nice to have players step up in big games. If he plays like Telvin Smith I'll be very happy, he's been great for the Jaguars.
    Read yesterday that we wanted Fred Warner from BYU and that he was going to be our pick before the 49er's took him 3 picks before us and some were pissed off about it and we went with Baker.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vegas_Phin1 View Post
    Found this interesting from Miamidolphins.com:

    Five Things To Know: Jerome Baker

    Posted May 2, 2018

    Alain Poupart Lead Writer Dolphins.com @apoupartFins

    1. In the 2017 edition of Sports Illustrated’s Freaks List, which ranks the top 40 workout warriors in college football, Baker came in at number 17, which happened to be his jersey number at Ohio State. “The Buckeyes’ recent 40-yard dash board in the Woody Hayes Center lists six players clocking 4.36 or faster in the 40 led by JC transfer CB Kendall Sheffield,” SI’s Bruce Feldman wrote. “But I’m going with the seventh-fastest player. The 223-pound Baker was timed at 4.37, and he looks every bit that fast on film. In his debut season as a starter, Baker piled up 83 tackles to go with 9.5 tackles for loss and two INTs. Better still, Baker was at his best in big games: He delivered a pick-six at Oklahoma; notched 13 tackles at No. 8 Wisconsin and came up with 15 tackles and an interception against No. 3 Michigan.”

    2. Baker made big plays in big games during his time at Ohio State. He returned an interception 68 yards for a touchdown to give the Buckeyes a 14-0 lead at No. 14 Oklahoma in 2016. He had 13 tackles in an overtime win at No. 8 Wisconsin in 2016. He had a then-career-high 15 tackles against No. 3 Michigan, plus a critical interception late in the third quarter with Ohio State down by 10, in the 2016 win over Michigan. And he had a career-high 16 tackles in the 2017 Big Ten championship game win over Wisconsin.

    3. Baker was compared by draftscout.com to Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith, a 2014 fifth-round pick who earned his first Pro Bowl invitation last season.

    4. Baker originally committed to play at the University of Florida, but eventually changed his mind and switched to Ohio State in part because of the firing of Gators head coach Will Muschamp and in part because of LeBron James’ departure from the Miami Heat and back to Cleveland in July 2014.

    5. Baker was born on Christmas Day 1996.
    Wow, that's some high praise. I will admit, I wasn't too thrilled with this pick when it was called in but the more I read on this kid, the more I'm becoming impressed. Looking forward to seeing what he can do on the field, our defense should be MUCH improved this year with Baker, Fitz and the young LB we drafted last year who missed the year (his name escapes me) all basically being brand new starters.

    I really wish Miami didn't cut Suh, that's the one huge **** up this entire off-season, everything else has actually been pretty solid; draft included.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StayOnBoard View Post
    Wow, that's some high praise. I will admit, I wasn't too thrilled with this pick when it was called in but the more I read on this kid, the more I'm becoming impressed. Looking forward to seeing what he can do on the field, our defense should be MUCH improved this year with Baker, Fitz and the young LB we drafted last year who missed the year (his name escapes me) all basically being brand new starters.

    I really wish Miami didn't cut Suh, that's the one huge **** up this entire off-season, everything else has actually been pretty solid; draft included.
    Exactly how I felt. The more I read, the more I think that we stole this dude in the third. Many analysts agreed. His only real knock was his size, but he's the same size as Roquan (a top 10 pick)...so how important is that knock? No doubt there will be some growing pains, but a combo of McMillan, Baker, and Alonso, could be a solid one.

    Yeah, the Suh thing surprised most of us I'd say. The freed up money will be nice, but filling the hole he left behind won't be easy. Still though, I feel like the FO and coaches never really clicked with Suh. He may have just been another distraction in their eyes. He'll be missed, but hopefully we can find the additional talent that we need to miss him less.

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    Chris Kouffman posted some clips of how he sheds blocks on Twitter. He has the intelligence to know that hes not going to overpower Olineman (even though he has some examples of it) so he lowers his shoulder to slide under lineman a lot. Hes also very assignment driven. You'll see a lot of film where hes tasked with creating space for another defender and he always finishes that, even when a big play is right in front of him. Theres a clip of him doing a stunt to move the USC center, but because of his speed he also went right around the center. He could have immediately went up field and ignored his assignment but he kept the centers attention long enough to free up another player. The most exciting part of that play is because of Bakers speed, not only did he do his job, but he was still able to sack Darnold.

    The kid has talent and does a lot of things really well. He needs things to be very simple until he develops more, because he usually looks very lost in zone coverage. But if you tell him to do this or cover him then he'll do it well. Plus that natural chemistry with Raekwon is going to make his development go even faster.

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    Nice find. I'm hoping that the natural chemistry/history with Raekwon will help as well. It's cool that they already know each other and have played together. Even though McMillan is in his 2nd year, it's pretty much both of their rookie years. I could see them really feeding off of that and making each other better. But you are right, the schemes are going to have to be simple next season I'm afraid...at least for the first half of the season or so.

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