Dolphins rookie Jerome Baker looks like prototype LB to Kiko Alonso

Jerome Baker is off to a good start with the Dolphins. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

DAVIE — Jerome Baker has heard throughout his football career, including in the leadup to the NFL Draft, that he’s too small to be playing linebacker.

The Dolphins didn’t agree with that when they took him, and Baker’s new teammates buy in as well. As a third-round pick from Ohio State, he arrived with the endorsement of fellow Buckeye Raekwon McMillan, and he’s sold veteran Kiko Alonso after two weeks of practice during Organized Team Activities.

“He’s athletic,” Alonso said today. “He flies around and looks good.”

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At 6-foot-3, 233 pounds, Alonso rejects the idea that he or anyone else with his build is undersized for the position. Neither he nor Baker is much larger than Miami’s starting safeties, but that’s partly by design because linebackers are required to do so much in coverage now.

Baker measured 6-foot-1, 225 pounds when he arrived for rookie minicamp and said opponents won’t be talking about him being too small once they line up against him. Alonso agreed.

“Nowadays it’s all about, ‘Can you run?’” he said. “You see what linebacker position is nowadays. It’s getting smaller and smaller.”

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