Drafting QB/RB/WR Malcolm Perry in the Miami Dolphins 7th round.
Number four on our list, once again, finds the Dolphins making a mistake at the running back position with the selection of Malcolm Perry in the 7th round of this year’s draft. Perry came out of Navy as a glorified running back playing quarterback in the Midshipmen’s unorthodox offensive system. Perry averaged over 7 yards and scored 40 touchdowns in his four years in college but came into the NFL at a diminutive 5’10” and 181 pounds.
In seven games with the Dolphins, Perry has 8 receptions and three carries for a Dolphins team that is starving for playmakers on offense. It’s still early in his career, he is a rookie, after all, but Perry’s shelf-life in Miami appears to be a short one.
Why was this a bad move?
The Dolphins had the opportunity to draft running back James Robinson instead. While Perry has seen little action with the Dolphins, meanwhile, Robinson became the ‘bell cow’ running back for the Jacksonville Jaguars; rushing 240 times for 1070 yards and 7 touchdowns. He also has another 344 yards and three TDs as a receiver.
The emergence of undrafted rookie Salvon Ahmed has softened the blow of passing on James Robinson but, if the Dolphins had Robinson, they wouldn’t view running back as a major need heading into the 2021 offseason.