I can just hear it now, “ummmm Sern, you’re really only talking about the glamour positions on the team. You do know the game is won inside the trenches right?” And this guy calls himself a journalist.” Yep, I expect to see some of that hurled my way in the comments section. I have broad shoulders. I can take it.
I realize that the Dolphins signed Chase Edmonds and Raheem Mostert. I know they still have Myles Gaskin as well. But call me nuts but I think that unit can use some fresher legs backing them up. Fresher legs that I think can be the #2 back or more next year. I hope Edmonds and Mostert are both playing for Miami next year but I also said the same thing about Jordan Howard, Matt Breida, Malcolm Brown, Duke Johnson, and Phillip Lindsay. These running backs, who are fringe starters don’t have a long shelf life on a team. That’s why I would like another, young back on the team and I think Brian Robinson fits that role nicely.
Yes, he’s another Alabama guy. What can I tell you, they get and produce a ton of professional football players. If you don’t like that, take it up with Saban or all the scouts. Brian Robinson is currently getting roughly a 3rd round grade so it’s certainly possible that he gets taken before Miami picks at #102. I’d be fine with Miami taking him because he can be that diligent power runner that the Dolphins currently don’t have on the roster. They have tons of speed but nobody in the running back room that I love to get a 3rd and one.
Robinson is listed at 6’1 225LBs and ran a 4.62. Not a speed that screams let’s get this guy out on the edge. Robinson does his best work, naturally, between the tackles. I love that. The Dolphins haven’t had a guy in a bit who did well at that and it’s about time that changes.
Last year was the only year Robinson was a starter for the Tide and he racked up 1,343 yards with a 5.0 average and 14 TDs. Sort of what you’d expect out of an Alabama running back. He also tallied 296 yards receiving on 35 receptions. So he is capable of catching the ball if need be. I like that as well.
I watched a number of Alabama games against stiff competition in the late afternoon slot on Saturdays and watched Robinson be the consonant force that kept that offense moving. With a team loaded with 1st round talent and a Heisman QB, Robinson more than kept up with his peers. The game playoff against Cincinnatti really sticks out to me. Cincy was hopped up to prove doubters wrong and Robinson buried them on the first few drives. They couldn’t handle him and he trucked a number of would-be tacklers. Sure, it’s nice to have that offensive line but Robinson, to me, showed that he can transfer his skills to the NFL even with the Dolphins budding offensive line.
Alabama uses a zone-blocking style of blocking so Brian Robinson should adjust nicely to what Mike McDaniel will install. McDaniel’s scheme will coincide well with Robinson’s patience in waiting for a crease.
Edmonds, Gaskin, Mostert, and Robinson sound real good to me. Give me a backfield of Ingold leading the way for Robinson and I think you have a physical running game that will open up big chunk plays in the play-action game.