Another pick, another need addressed.
The Dolphins selected linebacker Jerome Baker out of Ohio State with the 73rd overall pick in the third round.
Baker led the Buckeyes with 72 tackles and 8.5 tackles for loss as a junior in his final year with the team. For his three-year career, Baker had 159 tackles, seven sacks and two interceptions while serving as an anchor on an Ohio State defense that ranked in the top 10 in college football during all three of his years with the program.
He's a bit undersized at 6-foot-1 and 225 pounds, but Sports Illustrated's Bruce Feldman had no qualm listing him as one of his top 40 workout warriors of the 2017 college football class. His thoughts:
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“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. 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.”
He joins Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick and Penn State tight end Mike Gesicki in the Dolphins' draft class.