- A closer look at the Dolphins' picks: Round 7/215 - Kheeston Randall, DT, 6-4, 307, Texas...Ireland said Randall caught his eye at the Senior Bowl, and the Dolphins like his versatility considering this college nose tackle, who is nicknamed "Big Money" has the potential to play every spot on the defensive line. - The Sports Xchange
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Randall is a model citizen in the classroom and off the field, where he dedicates appreciable time and energy to community needs. But dress him in a uniform and put him on the football field and he becomes a troublemaker the very instant the ball is snapped.
Randall fires off the line like a rocket, a trait reflected in his explosive vertical jump of 34 inches at the Combine, where he was listed as a nose tackle. He shows excellent traits to man that position. He has the an exceptional ability to own that precious real estate in the middle of the line of scrimmage, often holding off multiple blockers intent on evicting him. He uses long arms well for leverage and snagging any runners who get within his ample reach.
He is admired by college coaches and teammates as one who can quietly lead by example or command attention with a sharp wit that is as quick as his first step. Wherever he goes, watch for him to fit in quickly both on the team and in the community.
Positives: Strength gives ends a chance to twist inside and linebackers free lane to the passer on blitzes. Played with lean and leverage against the run, tough for one man to move (sometimes double-teams, too). Lower than offensive lineman on every short-yardage play. Good agility and ability to change directions for his size. Locker room and on-field leader.
Negatives: Doesn't rack up many sacks (four career) and gets only the occasional pressure, but could be more of a factor if asked to penetrate gaps more regularly instead of eating up blocks. Sees the ball well but is stuck on blocks when head-up; does not shed to make plays often enough. Flashes strong hands to rip off, but needs to use them more consistently.