CB - FA
This Week Outlook
Tony Lippett played WR at Michigan State and was the Big Ten receiver of the year, but Dolphins might want him as a CB.
Lippett finished the 2014 season as team MVP and started at both WR and CB! I would agree with Kelly in that the Dolphins see him as more of a corner than receiver because of his quickness and ball skills. It is a nice combination of size and agility which was on display at the combine with top cone drill and shuttle numbers. This gives the DB room more depth and needed height to cover taller receivers in red zone packages. Another athlete has been added, let the coaches decide where he will line up.
Analysts Charles Davis and Mike Mayock both say that they view Michigan State WR Tony Lippett as a potential impact cornerback in the NFL. Davis stated "I would flip Lippett over and make him a corner, I wouldn't even hesitate. I just think with his length, the league is dying to get corners that can go out and match up with the monster receivers that are out there, and I think that that would be a way to distinguish himself a little bit. And personally, I think his upside is better over there than it is being another one of these receivers." Mayock stated "If I was in the NFL, I'd really want to grind him a little bit and see if he could be an NFL-quality corner because the length intrigues me, with all those big-bodied wide receivers, more and more teams are looking for corners that are 6-feet and above. The way the league thinks is there's too many 5-foot-8 and 5-foot-9 corners that are losing jump balls outside the numbers and in the red zone."
Lippett started five games at corner, and also drew the start there during Michigan State's Cotton Bowl victory. Lippett stands 6-2 and weighs in at 192 pounds, which would give him prototypical size for a cornerback. While he was productive as a receiver for the Spartans, Richard Sherman has proven that there is plenty of money to be made as a tall CB. Where Lippett will end up will ultimately be determined by the team that drafts him, but the fact that he is versatile will help his chances of sticking on a roster.