Dec 22, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller (26) is tackled by the Buffalo Bills defense during the first half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Dolphins Draft Preview: RB’s


Tonight at 8:00 Eastern you can listen in to Finsradio.net.  It will be all draft talk all night.  C.K. Parrot of Twitter fame will be joining us tonight to dig deep into the draft, in other words deeper than the first round.  You can listen to that show live by clicking here.  Then click the “On The FinSide” Episode, then play.  You can also call in and ask questions by dialing 714-333-3302.  Archives are available as is the free podcast download from iTunes.

The Dolphins need help on both sides of the ball and over the course of the next two and a half weeks I will be bringing you a look at the Dolphins draft needs and if applicable who the team may target and when they should target that player.  Today, I’ll take a look at RB’s.

Ball carriers used to be the bread and butter of the offensive draft.  The next in line to QB and sometimes before a QB.  That is no longer the case as more and more teams have switched to a running back by committee approach.  It’s rare to find an Adrian Peterson anymore.  This years draft is no different.  In fact, many mock experts are predicting that no RB will be taken in round one and the first may not come off the board until mid-round 2.

Leading this years draft class at the position is Ohio States Carlos Hyde and Auburn’s Tre Mason.

Dolphins need:  The Dolphins have signed Knowshown Moreno to a one year deal and still have Lamar Miller who needs a big season to stick around for another.  That being said the Dolphins are not high on their prospects including Mike Gillislee and the likely to be gone Daniel Thomas.  Simply put Miami isn’t all that impressed with what they have or they wouldn’t have gone after Moreno.  Some believe that Miller isn’t too far from being gone as well but they all believe his future hinges on this years play.

With Thomas likely a casualty to a bulky back-field filled by new GM Dennis Hickey, it’s possible and plausible to see Marcus Thigpen find himself looking for work sooner rather than later.  His work on the offense has been spotty and his work on special teams isn’t eliciting rave reviews.  Cameron Marshall is the only other rostered tailback at the moment.

The Dolphins, I can’t honestly believe, will go runner in round one and frankly I find it hard to believe round two is the spot for any back for the team with other needs but the team could easily pull the trigger on a player in rounds 3-5 and the 5th round could be the best spot for the team.  The team could take a look at James Wilder, Jr. who may slide considerably after an arrest recently in Tampa.  The arrest was on a warrant for driving without a license with knowledge.  The Dolphins could take a look at a few other backs as well.

The Dolphins have been playing their visits pretty tightly and it’s unknown at this time what direction the teams vision is for this draft.  What we do think we know is that Miami is looking to improve their future at the position and that leaves the draft to do so.

Prediction:  I easily see Miami drafting a RB in this years draft but I foresee that being in the middle to late rounds simply due to more important needs.  You could have Adrian Peterson running the ball and with this line it wouldn’t make much difference.

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  • Johnny

    Give Lamar Miller an offensive line and nor predictable play-calling from Sherman… And you got yourself a #1 RB.. Get a big back to go along with Miller, then your talking about a running game.. And no more Go-Go.. Even better.. Miller is not on his way out..

    • Miami Jules (Julian)

      GREAT ANSWER Johnny! I think even the great Larry Czonka would’ve struggled

  • Miami Jules (Julian)

    I agree Brian, Adrian Peterson with Larry Czonka as a lead blocker might’ve struggled… well, maybe not with Larry Czonka as a lead blocker… I remember him dragging an defense for 5 yards… lol

  • Miami Jules (Julian)

    The thing here is the Dolphins seem to really really like Tre Mason… I don’t see how he fits into the draft order given team needs… too low @ 19, too high @t 50

    • Johnny

      I hear you.. A 1st or even maybe a 2nd round RB would be a luxury for the Dolphins… OLine and more OLine, ILB, S, then maybe RB..

      • Johnny

        Jets just got RB Chris Johnson.. Making moves!! ( QB Vick and WR Decker )… Instead of closing the gap on NE.. we got to watch the Jets closing the gap on us Dolphins..

      • Miami Jules (Julian)

        Yes, again we agree… while we may not concur on Z. Martin, I am all for OL, and then some more OL, DB/S, ILB & DT, but that’s you and me and others who are pretty much thinking the same… HOEWEVER… Miami seems to be looking at RBs a lot, in fairness, they have interviewed more OL than anything else BUT, and here’s the kicker, a lot of the OL’s they have visited with are projected late rounders or UFAs yet RBs have ranged from projected early 2nd rounders to midrounders. Smoke perhaps? Due diligence? Maybe.

        • Johnny

          We will see… RBs don’t go as high as they used to.. You can get one of the top 5 RB prospects in the 3rd round.. Things have changed.. Just look at their pay also.. RBs are getting less and less money… Hey.. If one if the top 5 RBs drop to the 3rd round as long as OLine/Oline and ILB are addressed, maybe take another stab at it.. Maybe Hickey has better luck.. Cause we’ve drafted a RB atleast the last 3 drafts IN A ROW!!

          • Johnny

            And without a OLine you won’t get anything from RB.. No matter who that RB is (maybe except for Adrian Petterson)

          • Miami Jules (Julian)

            Our OL couldn’t block their own driveway last year… zone, ground & pound… whatever, they were all over the place and there was no cohesion.

          • Miami Jules (Julian)

            I think if Mason drops to 50, Miami will pick him up, which would totally mess up my draft picks… lol.

          • Johnny

            I think Hyde might actually slip to 50… Or atleast go in the 40′s, with our luck he’ll be drafted 49th… lol

      • Miami Jules (Julian)

        PS: Do bare in mind the RBs the Phins have looked at can block as have the TEs…

  • Miami Jules (Julian)

    How does this work?

  • Disqus_Blazus

    They should have kept that big back they had from Notre Dame…I forgot his name.

  • Disqus_Blazus

    Jonas Gray.