This film analysis was completed by Matthew Knowles. Follow him on Twitter: @blueflamespcl
With Jeff Ireland making the decisions, the Dolphins changed their draft position to select Koa Misi who was drafted as an edge rusher from a now PAC 12 school who hasn’t found a true position. I guess Ireland has a type.
Before the 2015 NFL draft there was a lot of speculation that the Miami Dolphins were going to go after a Middle linebacker in the first two rounds. I would not been upset if we drafted one either. I then did a film breakdown of Koa Misi and had a slight change of heart. I still would have been fine with taking a middle linebacker in the 2nd round but I did see a lot to like from Misi, at least enough to give Misi enough year to master the middle linebacker position.
I would describe Koa Misi as being a strong big bodied middle linebacker, but his size doesn’t necessarily mean that he is slow. He has the body type of a 2 down linebacker or a run-down linebacker but Misi is more than that, he is capable on passing downs. The only drawback I have seen due to his size is he may lose a second when he has to move in a second direction. What I mean by that is let’s say Misi is going left then the play flows to the right. His size makes him have to adjust to the weight transfer. It doesn’t cause him to not make plays but a lighter middle linebacker may get to the spot quicker.