Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports was granted access to the Miami Dolphins scouting process by executive vice president Mike Tannenbaum. Here are some takeaways from the six parts posted Wednesday:
- Tannebaum wants scouts such as Terry Bradway, Ron Brockington, Chris Buford, Adam Engroff, Max Gruder, Andy Howell, Anthony Hunt, Chase Leshin, Minh Luu, Lenny McGill, J.P. McGowan, Chris Rossetti, Grant Wallace and Matt Winston to receive what he believes is warranted credit and attention.
- The Dolphins’ official scouting philosophy includes: “We evaluate players for the Miami Dolphins, not the NFL,” “Scout with your eyes and not your heart,” “Protype, traits, football intelligence, toughness, passion,” and “Think outside the box… we adapt and anticipate trends.”
- The Dolphins scouts sit in on positional meetings with coaches and players during training camp. Thus, scouts understand even better the coaches are asking those players to do.
- Often times, the most important person interviewed by a scout is the strength coach. But Miami also interviews less obvious individuals, such as Josh Rosen’s tennis coach.
- The Dolphins ideally want players who fit their prototype. But they’re clearly not afraid to go outside that protype (Charles Harris, Jakeem Grant, Jerome Baker) if they perceive value and foresee a potential role.
- According to Miami scouting summaries, Minkah Fitzpatrick has “good coverage awareness,” Mike Gesicki “can make plays in the red zone,” Jerome Baker can cover but “is inconsistent to stack and shed in the box,” Durham Smythe not only has good instincts as a blocker but also “is a chain mover that can make tough catches all over the field,” and Kalen Ballage needs to develop more consistency but “can be a mismatch as a route-runner.”