Draft Prospects: Breece Hall and Kenneth Walker III
The running back class for the 2022 NFL Draft may be one of the weaker ones that we have seen in recent memory. Very few outlets have produced mock drafts in which there is a running back selected in the first round, as most of the talent level lies in the second and third and beyond. But there are some decent prospects that McDaniel and the Dolphins could use their Day 2 and Day 3 picks on.
Breece Hall is considered by many to be the best running back in the class. The junior out of Iowa State played in every game during his college career, amassing over 3,000 yards rushing yards, 500 receiving yards, and 46 total touchdowns in just the last two seasons. He was impressive enough over that time to be named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year two seasons in a row.
Another option for Miami in the draft could be Kenneth Walker III. The junior was mostly an unknown during his first couple of collegiate seasons at Wake Forest, but he burst on to the scene in 2021 with Michigan State by rushing for over 1600 yards and scoring 18 touchdowns. He is a bit smaller than Hall, but big enough to be effective at the position. He has breakaway speed and is described as “bouncy” due to his ability to make defenders miss, and has good enough hands out of the backfield to keep them honest.
If the Dolphins go through free agency without acquiring a running back either by signing or by trade, then it will be imperative that they spend a high-to-mid round pick on an RB.