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Dolphins Select Lucas In Sixth Round

Posted Apr 30, 2016

Lucas finished his Penn State career with 180 tackles, three interceptions and four sacks.

After taking three consecutive offensive players, the Dolphins went back to defense with their second pick in the sixth round by selecting Penn State defensive back Jordan Lucas.

Lucas played both safety and cornerback at Penn State, but he said the Dolphins have told him they plan to use him at cornerback.

“They want me to be a press corner, come in there (and) be physical and just be the type of player I am – physical, aggressive – and a smart football player.”

Lucas was fourth on the team with 56 tackles last season despite missing the end of the season with a shoulder injury. Lucas said the shoulder was completely ready and he would be ready to go for the rookie minicamp next weekend.

Lucas had appeared in 40 consecutive games before the shoulder injury.

His 33 career starts were second among 2015 Penn State players behind only quarterback Christian Hackenberg.

Lucas began his Penn State career at cornerback before being switched to safety in 2015. He said the reason he switched positions was simple.

“Just to help the team out,” Lucas said. “They felt that it was the best thing for the team at that time and (the) best thing for me. They felt that it would help me out on the next level – being able to play both positions – and my knowledge for our defense was great. I knew the safety position. I knew what the corners had to do. I knew what the linebackers had to do down to our defensive linemen movement. I was a senior and they felt that it was best to have a senior back there.”

Lucas also has considerable experience lining up as a slot corner in nickel packages. He blitzed often from that spot, which helped him record four career sacks.

He Penn State resume also included 180 tackles and three interceptions.

Lucas was taken with the 204th overall selection, one of the two sixth-round picks the Dolphins acquired from the New England Patriots in a trade earlier Saturday.

“It’s been crazy dealing with the injury and rehab and everything, and then getting ready for the combine and Pro Day,” Lucas said. “It was a short amount of time for me because I was rehabbing a lot throughout that process, but it was great. I met a lot of great people and I’ve been blessed. I’ve been blessed to keep a clear mind-set throughout this whole process and now I’m just ready. I’m happy to be a Dolphin and I’m ready to work.”