NFL draft 2016 Miami Dolphins pick Penn State DB Jordan Lucas in the 6th round
The Miami Dolphins picked Penn State defensive back Jordan Lucas in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL draft.Steve Smith Sr Jersey
The versatile cornerback/safety went to Miami with the No. 204 overall pick,Josh Doctson Jersey just two slots after the Detroit Lions selected teammate Anthony Zettel. Lucas was the fifth Penn State player to hear his name called in this draft.Von Miller Jersey
A three-year starter at Penn State, Lucas arrived as a three-star recruit in former coach Bill O'Brien's first recruiting class in 2012.Jack Conklin Jersey He began his career at cornerback and moved to safety as a senior in 2015. All told,Rob Gronkowski Jersey he made 34 starts in his collegiate career and saw the field right away for a 2012 team that was strapped for depth, appearing mostly on special teams in all 12 games.Ben Roethlisberger Jersey
Lucas jumped into Penn State's starting lineup as a sophomore in 2013 and was an honorable mention All-Big Ten pick after leading the Lions with three interceptions, 13 pass breakups and 16 passes defended.Cam Newton Jersey He also showed his willingness as a tackler with 65 total stops, a skill that would prove useful as he later made the transition to safety.Pierre Garcon Jersey
Lucas was again a rock in coverage for Penn State as a junior in 2014, registering 58 tackles,Calvin Johnson Jersey four TFLs, two sacks and nine passes defended.Andrew Luck Jersey He transitioned to safety the following season to fill a glaring need for coach James Franklin. Lucas made nine starts before suffering a shoulder injury that sidelined him for the final three weeks of the season.
"I am excited to see Jordan have the chance to continue his football career," Franklin said. "Jordan was an integral part of our defensive backfield. His combination of size and speed will allow him to play both corner and safety."
Lucas did not participate in physical testing at the NFL combine but showcased pro-caliber measurables at Penn State's pro day with a 38-inch vertical jump, a 4.45 in the 40-yard dash and a broad jump of 10 feet, 10 inches.