Getting To Know Our Rookies: Andrew Van Ginkel

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Miami Dolphins
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 236 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school: Rock Valley
College: Wisconsin
South Dakota
NFL Draft: 2019 / Round: 5 / Pick: 151
Career history
Roster status: Unsigned draft pick

NFL Draft Profile:

Van Ginkel made a name for himself in 2017 while attacking quarterbacks and making plays in coverage. The Iowa product did not start for the Badgers, but made 39 tackles, 10 for loss, 6.5 sacks, two interceptions, two pass breakups, and two forced fumbles. He started 11 games as a senior (missing two with an ankle injury) and earned third-team All-Big Ten honors by collecting 46 tackles, seven for loss, 4.5 sacks, two pass breakups, and a blocked kick. Van Ginkel traveled a bit before landing in Madison for his junior year, starting his collegiate career at the University of South Dakota. Van Ginkel was a first-team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference and conference newcomer of the year as a redshirt freshman in 2015 (56 tackles, 18 for loss, nine sacks, two forced fumbles in 11 starts at defensive end.) He transferred to Iowa Western Community College after his coach retired from USD, posting 50 tackles, 13 for loss, and 3.5 sacks in 2016.


Unimposing 3-4 outside linebacker with decent athletic ability but a concerning lack of aggression as a run blocker and consistency as a pass-rusher. Van Ginkel has the motor to tally stats with effort and secondary rush, but he needs a better rush plan and more proactive hands to set him up for success in attacking the quarterback. He will need a lot more strength and toughness to hold up as a run defender, but his length and production on special teams could give him a shot at the back end of the roster or on a practice squad.

  • Active with consistent energy
  • Put tallies in a variety of stat columns across the board
  • Carries some special teams value on kick-block and cover teams
  • Will play through pain
  • Has adequate athletic ability to play in space
  • Plays with change of direction and agility to hound rollouts and scramblers
  • Functional spin counter might have life as rusher
  • Might have foot quickness to inside rush counter
  • Ability to elude blocks with subtle upper-body turn
  • Adequate range as tackler
  • Linear build lacks broadness and brawn
  • Thin and lacking power to set the edge
  • Gets manhandled by tackles and unable to hold his ground
  • More aggression at point of attack is mandatory
  • Hand usage below average
  • Allows blockers easy access to his frame
  • Rush rarely finds quality half-man attack on the outer edge
  • Can’t bend and flatten at the top of his rush
  • Rush missing aggressive hand fighting to open doors



TDS Take: Not sure of his readiness to start right away, I am sure Andrew will have to play a role on special teams but the Dolphins have a need at the Linebacker position as i am one of those who feels the dolphins need to move on from Kiko Alonso as they have held onto a player that have never lived up to his trade and is a liability because he is not a true MLB and he is two slow to be a sideline to sideline player. Andrew do not appear to be competition for a starting role but you never know.

Welcome to Miami Andrew Van Ginkel!

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