Miami selects Alabama running back Najee Harris with the 18th overall pick
It was a difficult decision between going with Najee Harris or one of the two EDGE rushers from the University of Miami but the Dolphins want to make the offense better is what this first round, and half of the second round, should be about.
There are numerous people that believe that taking a running back in the first round is a bad idea and a wasted pick, however, we do not see running backs like Harris cycle in yearly. Running back is a position that can be cycled every two or three years with really no repercussions if you have a good offensive line, but having a running back for ten or more years is a feat, Harris seems like one of those backs.
With a mix of power, speed, and agility added with solid pass-catching and blocking, Harris is one of the more complete backs to come into the draft in a while. There is a lot of talk of how Derrick Henry and Nick Chubb were both second-round picks. Henry fell because the backs taken in the first round the year prior did not have an amazing rookie season and Chubb had that devastating knee injury during this time at Georgia.
Basing current prospects on the past and putting down their talent because of stigmas is absolutely ridiculous. Harris is the best running back at a position that Miami needs to improve, securing the top talent would be the best situation for Miami.
As far as the EDGE position goes, Miami could target players like Carlos Basham or Patrick Jones II with one of their second-round picks. Meaning that after taking Smith and Harris in the first round, the second round should answer at least two of these three positions: EDGE rusher, right tackle, or interior offensive lineman, mainly a center.