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Photo of J.D. Folsom
J.D. Folsom (OLB)
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 228
College: Weber St.
Conference: Big Sky
Hometown: Salmon, ID
High School: Salmon
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Selected by: Miami Dolphins
Round: 7
Pick (Overall): 5 (214)
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Pick Analysis: Folsom has decent speed and was a productive player while at Weber State in Ogden, Utah. He will go to the Miami Dolphins and fight for a roster spot in the linebacking corps.
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Overview

Folsom stayed in Utah when transferring from Snow Junior College to Weber State, where he earned second-team All-Big Sky Conference honors in 2007 before jumping to first-team recognition as a senior after making 73 and 76 tackles, respectively.


NFL teams may use him at the strong-side linebacker position he played in college, or play him as an in-the-box safety because of his straight-line speed. Either way, Folsom brings real intensity into a pro locker room.


In high school, he was a national qualifier in Team Roping on the school rodeo team. He attended Snow before leaving for a two-year LDS mission, returning to Snow in 2006 and then transferring to Weber State at the 2007 semester break.


Junior College

Played at Snow in the Fall of 2003 for Coach Steve Coburn then left to serve a two-year LDS Church mission to Santa Cruz, Bolivia. ... Came back and helped the Badgers to an 11-1 record in 2006. Snow ended the season ranked second in the NJCAA. ... First team All-Western State's Football League and Second Team NJCAA All-America team. ... Had 69.5 tackles in 2006, 10 tackles for loss and three sacks. ... First Team NJCAA Academic All-America team as well.


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Analysis

Positives: Excellent height and upper body strength. Generally holds up against blocks from offensive tackles at the line when playing the nine-technique spot. Smart player, stays at home instead of biting on misdirection. Comes hard on the blitz. Good straight-linbe speed and hustles downfield to get in on tackles even if the ballcarrier is tied up. Willing to blow up smaller receivers in his path. Could be successful as a special teams player.


Negatives: Not as strong in the lower body, is a bit of a safety/linebacker 'tweener. Stiff in the hips and upper body, struggles to change directions in space. Does not get off blocks or get home on blizes as much as you'd like. Suspended for the first half of the first game of 2008 by the Big Sky Conference after being ejected for kicking a Eastern Washington player in 2007 regular season finale. Will turn 25 in August 2009, served a two-year LDS mission from 2004-2005.


Injury Report

No significant injuries reported.


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