2009 NFL Draft: Running Backs/Tight Ends

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.

Running Backs

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.

Tight Ends

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.

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  • dolphan5499

    Great choices on the backs/tightends but honestly I don’t see the Tuna spending to much time looking into them. Our tightends this year shocked even me and as for our running backs…well I think that speeks for itself. On that note though what is everyones insight on how cobbs and pollite did this year and what do you think they will bring to the table. I think it’s funny how these kind of low key players continue to flurish under parcells.

  • OrlandoNole

    Thanks, and I agree, I think RBs and TE are very low on the priority. I think they could be set as they are. Although I don’t think they will draft one, unless they feel there is a player there with great value, I do think they will bring some in as undrafted players. They love competition and aquiring talent. That will only make this team better.

    I like Cobbs and Sweet Lou. Cobbs makes plays and I loved seeing them put him on kick returns.

  • http://phinphanatic.com Brian Miller

    We need more controversy here…LOL.  I think that the Phins will look at a TE in the draft but I think that Hill will be gone before Miami really decides to take one…maybe they look late day 2.  As for RB’s, may be interesting to watch and see what happens with Brown.  He has 2 years left on his rookie deal and the team will need to start thinking about whether or not to resign him…next year.  Who knows, maybe they trade him this year while he has more value and then address the RB spot in the draft or free agency….not saying it will happen but it’s something to give some thought to.  

  • Todd

    James Davis did NO KR returning at Clemson.  That was Spiller and Ford’s job…. although he would be a STEAL if he made it to us in round 4!  He’s 2nd round talent who would be a great replacement for RIcky in our 1-2 punch when he leaves. He’s got great character, leadership, and little wear on his legs. I agree with adding a speedy back, but Miami can hold off on that till next year (CJ Spiller!!!).
    I liked TE Bear Pascoe in the Shrine Bowl as a late round pick.  He seems like a Parcels type guy. He made an awesome catch in traffic over the middle and laid a HUGE block on a run down the sidelines.

  • Todd

    Only reason Davis is sliding this year is b/c his #’s have been overlooked due to the fact that Clemson’s OLine had to replace 5 starters from last year and then had injuries to 3 of the new guys…. so their line was HORRENDOUS!  (which is being nice)
    Remember- they were preseason #7 for a reason.  He was one of those reasons.

  • OrlandoNole

    I guess I saw his only career KO return…LOL I know I have seen him back there, but he only has one career return.

  • Todd

    He (Davis) would do a solid job on KR, but dont expect the break away speed to take it the distance. I like the idea of having someone come in to take over return duties so Bess can focus more on receiving.  Bear Pascoe has “Sporano/Whitten” written all over him.  (potential late round steal).