The Dolphins have been looking for value in the later rounds of the Draft, and they found just that in Boise State’s Curtis Weaver. Weaver fits the Kyle Van Noy mold of outside linebacker/edge rusher, but unlike some other prospects Weaver has produced at a high level.
Chris Grier clearly felt strongly about this player as he packaged the 173rd and 227th picks to move up to 164 to select the Boise State product. Weaver has all the tools to develop into a consistent player for the Dolphins, but he lacks elite athleticism which is why he fell this far.
Weaver could see playing time in this defense thanks to his production and ability to be around the ball which is valued by Brian Flores. Over the course of his career, Weaver was a machine. Producing 11, 9.5, and 13.5 sacks in each of his three seasons. This production coupled with him often facing double teams from offensive tackles is promising for his development.
Considering how deep the Dolphins edge position has seemingly become, Weaver has the luxury of time to develop and grow into his position. Additionally, the depth will allow the team to put him in positions to succeed, whether that be a traditional pass rusher or as part of sub packages which we all know Brian Flores loves.