In a wild move, Jordan Lucas’ NFL career began.
According to Dolphins reporter Adam Beasley, Lucas will play corner for the Dolphins, who traded their 250th pick and current corner Jamar Taylor to Cleveland in order to obtain the former Penn State standout in the sixth round (204th overall). Lucas was the fifth of his 2016 draft-eligible teammates to be selected.
A captain in his senior season at Penn State, Lucas missed the last four games of the team’s 2015 campaign with a hurt shoulder that required surgery over the winter. Because he was rehabbing that shoulder, he also missed out on his invite to the Reese’s Senior Bowl and did not work out at the NFL Combine despite getting an invite.
The New Rochelle, N.Y., native’s body of work has been impressive, however. As a sophomore starting cornerback in 2013, he recorded 64 tackles, 13 pass breakups and three interceptions on his way to honorable mention All-Big Ten honors. He started at corner again in 2014 and recorded 58 tackles and nine pass breakups, and moved over to the team’s starting strong safety position before the 2015 season began.
“Jordan was an integral part of our defensive backfield,” said head coach James Franklin, who inherited Lucas when his coaching career at Penn State began. “His combination of size and speed will allow him to play both corner and safety.”
At Penn State’s pro day, he ran a 4.45-second 40-yard dash and had close to a 40-inch vertical.
Lucas will join other former Nittany Lions Cameron Wake and Mike Hull in Miami.
“They want me to be the type of player I am,” Lucas said, according to the Dolphins’ official team release. “Physical, aggressive and a smart football player.”
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