The Miami Dolphins have seven running backs on their roster, currently, and none of them have fans screaming that any of them are elite.
For two drafts in a row now, the Dolphins have skipped adding a top running back. This year, Miami missed out on or passed on several top runners including Najee Harris that they could have added at pick number 18 in round one.
The Dolphins may have put a higher value on defensive end Jaelan Phillips but that could also be because Miami coaches felt that their running back group is good enough and they didn’t need to use too much draft capital to trade back up.
Naturally, no matter what really happens this year, the Dolphins will see them taking a running back in a lot of 2022 mock drafts. Regardless of who is on the roster or who is performing well. Here are each of the Dolphins’ current running backs ranked from last to first as we head through the month of June on our way to a late July start to camp.
Carl Tucker: Entering his first NFL season, Tucker is the only FB on the Dolphins roster but Miami doesn’t really use the position that often.
Jordan Scarlett: The Florida alumni will start his second season in the NFL and his first with the Dolphins. Scarlett was a 5th round draft pick of the Carolina Panthers in 2019 and has appeared in 9 games. He has nine total yards in his NFL career. He did not play in 2020.
Patrick Laird: After spending two seasons with the Dolphins, Laird looks to be on the cusp of not getting a third. He has four starts in two seasons and 31 appearances. He has 33 receptions for 272 yards and 65 rushes for 240 but Laird is being phased out of the roster by the multipurpose players like Malcolm Perry and Lynn Bowden, Jr. There may not be a roster spot for him this year.
Gerrid Doaks: This isn’t a ranking of who makes the roster but Doaks should immediately prove that he is better on the roster than the two mentioned above even without the experience. Doaks is a 7th round pick and Miami tends to keep draft picks on the roster. He is a hard runner and should prove his worth quickly in the pecking order.
Malcolm Perry: Perry is a utility guy and has all the tools you want in a player like that but he has yet to take on a bigger role. He will get the chance this training camp to prove his value to the Dolphins running back group. He is also listed as a WR.
Salvon Ahmed: Ahmed had a pretty good showing last year backing up for and filling in for Myles Gaskin. He started four games and rushed 75 times for 319 yards and three touchdowns. He also added 11 receptions for 61 yards. Ahmed lacks longer experience but got quite enough last year in his first season in the NFL.
Malcolm Brown: Brown has six seasons of NFL experience making him the most experienced in the group. He has over 1,000 yards rushing on 298 attempts but let’s be honest, 1,000 yards in six seasons is nothing to brag about but he has done so as a backup. He has 70 games but only two starts with the Rams. The most he ever rushed in a single season was 101 and that came last year. He has a lot to offer but still needs to prove himself.
Myles Gaskin: Gaskin took on the starting role last year after the failed attempt to use Jordan Howard and he showed more when he had the ball than Matt Breida did when given the chance. His year suffered from missing games due to COVID but there was a definite void when he wasn’t in the game.