Behind the offensive line, the Dolphins’ biggest need is at running back. The team cycled a group of Myles Gaskin, Malcolm Brown, Salvon Ahmed, Phillip Lindsey, and Duke Johnson.
This group combined for two 100-yard games this season, both coming by Johnson late in the season.
This has been a common issue during the Grier/Flores era and it is passing up on talented young running backs for who knows what reason. The list includes Jonathan Taylor, Najee Harris, Antonio Gibson, and many more over a three-year period.
Now the Dolphins will need to get an impact running back this offseason no matter what. Michigan State’s Kenneth Walker is that impact running back.
We have continued to see young running backs becoming the main focal points of offenses and being able to become workhorses for their teams, to then take a major leap in their second seasons. Walker would take on a major role off the rip for the Dolphins if they decide to take him.
After transferring from Wake Forrest to Michigan State, Walker had 263 carries for 1,636 yards and 18 rushing scores. It will be interesting to see if teams view him as a one-year wonder or a player that can continue his rise.
Walker should be one of the first backs off the board and Miami must make him a priority.