I choose these two positions because I think Miami is pretty solid here and doubt they will be changing what they have. However, just incase they change their minds I will throw a few names out there.
Currently on the roster we have Ronnie Brown, Ricky Williams, Patrick Cobbs, Lex Hilliard, Lousaka Polite and Chris Brown. Chances are come the same 4 that ended 2008 on the roster will start the 2009 season on the roster.
The only thing I could see Miami being interested in out of a running back would be one of the smaller quicker type backs, but since they traded Booker last year that is doubtful, but there are a couple that I will touch on.
James Davis – Clemson , 5’11”, 207lbs and runs in the 4.4 – 4.5 range. Davis is a very good return guy and for his size has good strength running the ball between the tackles. He also has exceptional hands and is tough to bring down. He will make a good change of pace/return guy in the NFL.
Devin Moore – Wyoming, 5’9”, 190lbs and will run a sub 4.4. He is very similar to Charles Johnson, but didn’t get the touches in college like Johnson did. Moore’s speed and threat of a big play every time he touches the ball will get him drafted early on day two.
Mike Goodson – Texas A & M, 6’, 198 lbs, he could possibly run a sub 4.3 as well. Very versatile back that plays bigger than his size, but has the speed to play very fast once he gets to the edge. Very good hands coming out of the backfield, but limited return experience.
Antone Smith – FSU, 5’9”, 190 lbs, will run in the 4.4 – 4.5 range. Being a Nole I know a lot about Smith and while nothing about his measurables will blow you away, but he runs as tough as any big back. The best NFL comparison I can think of for Smith would be Ahmad Bradshaw. Smith has above average hands and has return experience.
Anthony Hill – NCSU, 6’7”, 264 lbs, will run in the 4.8 – 4.9 range. He is a big target in the red zone, but better known for his blocking ability. Had a very good sophomore season but tore his ACL in 2007 and missed the entire season.
John Phillips – Virginia, 6’6”, 251lbs, will run in the 4.8 – 4.9 range. Phillips is not a TE that will stretch the field, but like Hill he is and excellent blocking TE. Because of Parcel’s relationship with Groh, he will know everything there is to know about Phillips.
OK, there you have a quick look at Running Backs and Tight Ends. As always your thoughts are encouraged.