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2015 Dolphins Draft Picks
After Miami let RB Lamar Miller go via free agency to the Houston Texans, they have been trying to fill that void. They missed out on C.J Anderson and Chris Johnson in free agency. Tonight, they filled that void with versatile RB Kenyan Drake of Alabama.
The knock on Drake has been health, as he suffered a broken leg in 2014, and fractured his arm in 2015. But he made it back and was instrumental in Alabama winning the National Championship, as he had a kickoff return for a touchdown against Clemson in the National Championship game. Explosive speed, better inside runner than given credit for and is very good in the passing game, something vital to an Adam Gase offense.
Here is the summary from NFL.Com
Drake's explosiveness as an all-purpose weapon is somewhat tempered by his injury history. He suffered a broken leg against Ole Miss in 2014, and then fractured his right arm trying to make a tackle on special teams this fall. Drake did return a couple of weeks after that injury, however, and flashed his slashing style (averaged six yards a carry for his career). He also provides good hands out of the backfield (12.5 yards per reception). He showed in the national championship game he can be a threat as a kickoff returner, taking one back 95 yards for a crucial score. A healthy Drake could be a great find in the mid-to-late rounds.
Can be exhausting watching him because feet never stop moving -- ever. Able to elude defenders. Features second gear to burst through line and can string together moves in open field. Will press line of scrimmage effectively to set up his blocks. Legs keep churning through contact. Willing to aggressively finish runs. Will gain more yards post-contact than expected. Very quick feet with the lateral agility to escape from heavy traffic and bounce it outside. Used at times as slot receiver and has ability to be effective pass-catcher in pros. Was kick returner, blocked a punt and made several tackles while playing special teams at Alabama.
Can be almost too frenetic. Mind seems to be racing with ball in his hands and he will show a lack of patience at times. Responds to what is in front of him rather than anticipating what is coming. Inconsistent hands with five drops to 44 catches during his career. Can get too dancey when asked to play downhill. Tendency to cut runs toward sideline rather than back into middle of the field. Change-of-pace runner without a go-to value. Suffered broken leg in 2014 and broken arm in 2015.
"He's a player who you have to have a plan for because he's not an every-down back and he's too lean to be in around the goal line. I see him as a third down back with special teams qualities and those guys get drafted in the fifth or later." -- NFC West scout
Drake became the forgotten running back with Derrick Henry's Heisman-winning season, but he has good size, quick feet and can catch the football. Drake's draft stock could depend on whether or not teams envision him as a quality backup who could become part of a committee approach. Drake's physical traits and special-teams ability could make him a good value selection early in the third day (Rounds 4-7).
ESPN INSIDER ANALYSIS **