Pursuing Potential: Miami’s Developmental Lineman, Jamil Douglas (ASU)
Miami selected the ex-Sun Devil in the 4th round of the draft, but only time will tell if he can overcome questions about his work ethic, and be an impact player in the NFL.
The Miami Dolphins knew heading into the draft that guard was a massive need for the team, and they waited until the 4th round to address it. Jamil Douglas is a physically gifted player, with good movement and athleticism, but he will not have a positive impact in Miami until he can improve upon his strength and consistency. If he improves his work ethic, Jamil Douglas could be a starter for Miami at left guard, which would be huge bonus for the team, as they attempt to take forward strides in a do-or-die season for Joe Philbin.
6’4- 304 lbs.
40-Yard Dash: 5.25 sec.
Bench Press: 28 Reps
Vertical Jump: 29”
2012: Started All 13 Games at LG
2013: Started All 13 Games at LT
2013: Second-Team All Pac-12
2014: Started All 13 Games at LG
2014: First-Team All Pac-12
Jamil Douglas has all of the physical abilities needed to be a successful left guard in the NFL. He possesses good flexibility, and can move with different protections easily thanks to his fluid hips and feet. Douglas has good awareness, and is able to keep track of his defender, which helps avoid broken plays and easy rushes. His athleticism also allows him to excel on screen passes and other designed plays, which are staples of Bill Lazor’s offense.
Last season, the Dolphins realized how important versatility is for lineman. Luckily, Douglas provides the team with help at tackle and guard. He spent the 2013 season at left tackle, actually earning All Pac-12 honors. This undoubtedly played into the team’s decision to select Douglas, knowing that he can help out in various positions in the case of an injury.
The vast majority of Douglas’ negative features come from his work ethic and passion (or lack thereof). Many believe that he did not spend enough time in the weight room, and it showed on his tape. Douglas will have to get stronger in order to hold up against NFL defenders. He will also have to show more consistent heart, as he often appeared to take plays off, or only be half interested in blocking during games. Coasting through plays will not work against professionals, who are stronger and more versatile than the defenders Douglas was blocking at Arizona State.
The biggest hurdle for Jamil Douglas will be adding strength. With the Sun Devils, he struggled against the bull rush, and was often driven into the backfield by stronger defenders. This comes back to questions about work ethic, and if he will be able to make the mental commitment to improving his blocking ability. If fellow lineman or coaches can motivate him, Douglas has the ability to be a successful blocker for Miami.
Jamil Douglas is a player whose ability exceeds his tape, with great movement and athletic ability. The problem for Douglas is that none of that athleticism will help him if he cannot build up the strength necessary to drive back defensive linemen in the pros. Mentorship will be important for Douglas as he makes the jump, and hopefully Branden Albert, Ja’Wuan James, or Mike Pouncey will help Douglas develop better habits and work ethic.
Jamil Douglas will compete in training camp for a job as one of Miami’s starting guards, but he is facing an uphill battle. Luckily for Douglas, he has the ability to move around to various positions on the line, and versatility is a good way to make sure you always have a job in the NFL. He will also benefit from getting to practice against the likes of Cameron Wake and Ndamukong Suh, but whether or not Douglas can be a contributor for the Dolphins depends entirely on his work ethic, and if he can add strength heading into his rookie season.