|No. 55 – Miami Dolphins|
|Born:||December 25, 1996|
|Height:||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight:||225 lb (102 kg)|
|High school:||Cleveland (OH) Benedictine|
|NFL Draft:||2018 / Round: 3 / Pick: 73|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2018|
Baker attended Benedictine High School in Cleveland, Ohio. He was a member of the 2014 State Championship football team while at Benedictine and was considered the #2 recruit in the state of Ohio for the class of 2015. He originally committed to the University of Florida to play college football but changed his commitment to The Ohio State University.
Baker played at Ohio State from 2015 to 2017. After his junior season in 2017, he decided to forgo his senior year and enter the 2018 NFL Draft. During his career, he had 159 tackles, seven sacks, and two interceptions.
On January 8, 2018, Baker released a statement on his Twitter account announcing his decision to forgo his remaining eligibility and enter the 2018 NFL Draft. Baker attended the NFL Scouting Combine and completed the majority of combine drills, but opted to skip the short shuttle and three-cone drill. On March 22, 2018, he participated at Ohio State's pro day and performed the short shuttle, three-cone drill, and positional drills. Baker attended pre-draft visits with the Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers, and Jacksonville Jaguars. At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, Baker was projected to be a third or fourth round pick by NFL draft experts and scouts. He was ranked the seventh best linebacker in the draft by Sports Illustrated, was ranked the seventh best outside linebacker by Scouts Inc., and was ranked the 12th best outside linebacker by DraftScout.com.
|16px Jerome Baker's NFL Combine Workout|
|16px Jerome Baker's 40-yard dash|
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|6 ft 1 in||229 lb31 1/2 in10 3/8 in||4.53 s||1.62 s||2.68 s||4.15 s||6.93 s||36 1/2 in||10 ft 6 in||22 reps|
The Miami Dolphins selected Baker in the third round (73rd overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft. Baker was the 10th linebacker drafted in 2018. He was reunited with former Ohio State teammate Raekwon McMillan.
|16px Dolphins draft Jerome Baker 73rd overall|
On June 2, 2018, the Miami Dolphins signed Baker to a four-year, $3.80 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $975,200. Throughout training camp, Baker competed to be the starting strongside linebacker after the role was left vacant by the departure of Lawrence Timmons. Baker competed against Mike Hull, Stephone Anthony, Chase Allen, and Quentin Poling. Head coach Adam Gase named Baker and Kiko Alonso the starting outside linebackers to begin the regular season. They started alongside middle linebacker Raekwon McMillan.
He made his professional regular season debut and first career start in the Miami Dolphins’ season-opener against the Tennessee Titans and made six combined tackles during their 27-20 victory. In Week 4, he collected a season-high ten combined tackles (six solo) as the Dolphins list 38-7 at the New England Patriots. The following week, he recorded seven combined tackles and made two sacks during a 27-17 loss at the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 5. On November 4, 2018, Baker made five combined tackles, a pass deflection, and made his first career interception during the Dolphins’ 13-6 win against the New York Jets in Week 9. He finished his rookie season in 2018 with 79 combined tackles (57 solo), three pass deflections, three sacks, one interception, and one touchdown in 16 games and 11 starts. Baker earned an overall grade of 70.3 from Pro Football Focus, which ranked as the 29th best grade among all qualified linebackers in 2018.
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- "Benedictine football wins Division IV state championship with 21-14 victory over Kettering Archbishop Alter" (in en-US). http://highschoolsports.cleveland.com/news/article/-7685546658043496095/benedictine-football-wins-division-iv-state-championship-with-21-14-victory-over-kettering-archbishop-alter/.
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- "The ‘real Baker’ should be improved in second year as Ohio State starter" (in en). My Dayton Daily News. http://www.mydaytondailynews.com/sports/the-real-baker-should-improved-second-year-ohio-state-starter/6qnEyjUIQGqJVn1MDJRtqK/.
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- May, Tim. "Jerome Baker declares for NFL draft" (in en). The Columbus Dispatch. http://www.dispatch.com/sports/20180108/ohio-state-football--jerome-baker-declares-for-nfl-draft.
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- "The 2018 NFL Draft Big Board, Vol. 2". March 7, 2018. https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/03/07/nfl-draft-top-prospects-big-board-top-100. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
- "Miami Dolphins 2018 draft results: Third round selection is Jerome Baker". April 27, 2018. https://www.thephinsider.com/2018/4/27/17288114/miami-dolphins-2018-draft-results-third-round-selection-is-jerome-baker. Retrieved June 23, 2018.
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- "Dolphins rookie LB Jerome Baker says you won’t think he’s small once he hits you". May 12, 2018. http://dailydolphin.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2018/05/12/dolphins-rookie-lb-jerome-baker-says-you-wont-think-hes-small-once-he-hits-you/.
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