Feb 22, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Montana linebacker Jordan Tripp speaks at the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports
Round Five: Jordan Tripp, OLB, Montana
A 6’0 235lbs linebacker who runs a 4.60 40 yard dash is impressive. With Russell Allen’s career ending, linebacker is yet another need. Tripp is a tackling machine that shows the traits of being a 3 down linebacker. He also has the foot speed to drop into underneath and middle zones. He has the mobility to cover tight ends and has an extremely high football I.Q..
Round Five: Walt Aikens, CB, Liberty
Bradley likes his corners big. 6’0 203lbs with a 4.46 40, Aikens fits that mold. 2013 free agent acquisition Alan Ball and 2013 3rd rounder Dwayne Gratz have the potential to form quite the cornerback tandem. Will Blackmon was re-signed in free agency this year, and played very well for Jacksonville last year. So while cornerback may not be considered an immediate need, you can never have too many corners in a pass happy league. Aikens has the size and length, but is also fluid enough to cover man to man. With an above average size to speed ratio, Aikens would be a welcome addition as a 4th corner.
Feb 23, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Wyoming free safety Marqueston Huff speaks to the media during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadum. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports
Round Five: Marqueston Huff, FS, Wyoming
Josh Evans had some struggles at free safety last year. He and Winston Guy will go into camp competing for that spot. Huff would be a great guy to throw in the mix. Huff has the ideal size-speed combo for the safety position. He has the speed (4.49) to cover a long distance and can also come downhill in run support. He has fluid hips and smooth transitions, allowing him to cover the deep third of the field. He also has some position flexibility, having starting cornerback experience as well.