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Miami Dolphins Running Backs Pre-Draft Preview

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Entering the 2019 season, the Miami Dolphins Running Back core consisted of these 5 players:

  1. Kalen Ballage 
  2. Kenyan Drake 
  3. Mark Walton 
  4. Patrick Laird 
  5. Myles Gaskin

That’s right, averaging 1.8 yards per carry, Kalen Ballage officially started the season on top of the depth chart.

Fast Forward

Ballage ended the season on Injured Reserve, Drake was traded to the Arizona Cardinals, and Walton was waived after violating the league’s Personal Conduct Rules.

It is not surprising that the Miami Dolphins finished the 2019 season ranked last in rushing yards. 

The Dolphins are going into the 2020 NFL Draft with six running backs under contract. Jordan Howard was signed in the Free Agency period. Howard will be given the opportunity to be the featured back. The other backs on the roster joining Howard and Ballage are:

Samaje Perine (Signed before final 2019 regular season game), De’Lance Turner (Signed November 5, 2019 and played in one game), Myles Gaskin, and Patrick Laird.

Laird looked amazing in the preseason. Against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers he averaged 7.3 yards per carry. Laird never had close to the same success in the regular season. Gaskin showed flashes here and there but could never get it going either.

The Miami Dolphins are drafting a running back in 2020. I repeat the Miami Dolphins are drafting a running back in 2020! 

Top Running Backs in the NFL Draft:

Jonathan Taylor (Wisconsin), D’Andre Swift (Georgia), J.K. Dobbins (Ohio State), Cam Akers (Florida St.), Clyde Edwards-Helaire (LSU), and Zach Moss (Utah).

Doubling down on the previous statement, one of those running backs will be wearing a Dolphins jersey in 2020.

My selection would be D’Andre Swift. The Georgia Bulldogs have done a good job in producing NFL running backs. In Swift’s freshman year, he joined a Bulldog’s backfield that included, Nick Chubb and Sony Michel.

D’Andre Swift rushed for over 1000 yards in each of his final two collegiate seasons. Swift is also a legitimate pass catcher in the running game. This will add a dimension that the Dolphins currently lack on their roster.

Believe it or not Ballage will be given every opportunity to make the team. He averaged 5.3 yards per carry in 2018 with the Dolphins and is on an affordable deal (accounts for $897,295 against the cap in 2020).

The Miami Dolphins Projected Running Back Depth Chart (Pre-Draft)

  1. Jordan Howard
  2. D’Andre Swift
  3. Kalen Ballage 
  4. Patrick Laird 
  5. Myles Gaskin

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