The Miami Dolphins are in the market for another running back and if the chips fall in their favor, Ezekiel Elliot could be a possibility.
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News today from Profootballtalk.com has Elliot visiting the Dolphins on Monday with only two weeks remaining until the 2016 NFL Draft. Elliot, a soon to be former Ohio State Buckeye is expected to be drafted anywhere between pick 6 and 15. The question of where he will land is the only one remaining. The Ravens, Eagles, Giants and now the Bears could all have interest in selecting the runner.
The Bears will host Elliot this week after his visit with the Dolphins. Elliot has said via the media that the Eagles have shown the most interest in him thus far. The Eagles of course select in the 8th spot after trading up with the Dolphins at the start of free agency.
Miami is looking for a running back to pair with second year running back Jay Ajayi. Elliot is the top running back in this years class and has a nice combination of agility, speed, and physicality. Last year the Dolphins were rumored to be enamored with Todd Gurley but Gurley was taken off the board well before the Dolphins selected. He was voted the Offensive Rookie of the Year for the Rams.
If the Dolphins either don’t get the chance to draft Elliot or opt to go in another direction they will likely turn to the free agent market after the draft weekend is over. They will also likely add a runner in the mid-rounds of the draft. Miami’s last two starting tailbacks came in the mid-rounds. Lamar Miller in the 4th and Ajayi in the 5th. However those drafts were not being run by Mike Tannenbaum entirely.
Tannenbaum’s approach to the draft has been filled with trades. While in New York as the Jets general manager, Tannenbaum traded up and back most notably hitting on defensive corner Darrell Revis and offensive lineman Nick Mangold. He also missed in the trade up for Mark Sanchez.
Whatever the Dolphins do on draft day will be predicated by who is on the board when the 13th pick is on the clock unless Tannebaum trades up. Miami is in need of cornerback help as well. With the recent trade for the first overall pick by the Rams with the Titans, one top player from the top 10 could fall to 13 but who is the question. For today, the Dolphins will concentrate on Elliot.