The Miami Dolphins entered this year’s NFL draft with a number of holes to fill. As far as most could tell, running back was not one of those holes. However, when a player like Lamar Miller was on the board in the 4th round, the Dolphins had to pounce. Miller, you see, was projected by many to be a late first or early second round pick. With that type of talent staring them in the face, the Dolphins made the right decision and traded up for Miller.
Miller is 5’11″, 212 lbs and ran the fastest 40 yard dash of all running backs at the NFL Combine in February. Miller has the type of explosive ability that the Dolphins new coaching staff is looking for. According to WalterFootball.com, the best comparison that can be drawn from Miller is LeSean McCoy of the Eagles. THAT’S a pretty good comparison if you ask me. Check out Miller’s 2011 highlight reel below and you’ll start to picture what he can do for the Dolphins:
Miller rushed for almost 1,300 yards last season for the Hurricanes, scoring 9 touchdowns. He can catch the ball well out of the backfield and is dangerous returning kickoffs and punts. Drafting Miller is good for a few reasons: 1. He was the best player available in the 4th round, 2. He solidifies the Dolphins RB position, 3. He adds insurance, in the event that Reggie Bush gets injured AND provides a longer term solution at running back. After all, Reggie Bush is set to become a free agent after the 2012 season. The Dolphins backfield could be Daniel Thomas and Lamar Miller for years to come. I’m excited about the possibility and getting Lamar in the 4th round just makes it that much better of a pick.