A Few Options for Dolphins at Running Back in the Draft

With the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine now underway, the Dolphins and their staff will be gleaming over every bit of information they can gain on players from now until draftday. So to prepare for the draft ourselves, we brought in draft expert Gil Alcaraz from DraftBreakdown.com, to analyze some of the prospects at the positions of need for the Dolphins. Gil’s first intake on Miami’s situation is on the running backs that will be available in this years draft.

With the 15th pick in the first round, the Dolphins should have their choice of any running back in the draft barring a team like New Orleans or New England trades up to snag one. With both of their top two running backs, Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams, most likely heading out of Miami this off-season, there is a dire need for a new number one runner in the Dolphins’ backfield. Here are a few of their options in the first two rounds that could come in and make an immediate impact.

Mark Ingram, Alabama

There is no running back in this draft class that is more NFL ready than Ingram. The 2009 Heisman Trophy winner is one of the most promising running back prospects to enter the NFL in recent years, offering an excellent mix of power, size, speed, and quickness. He has terrific vision and finds cutback lanes with ease. There are some injury concerns in his past, but he proved this season that he could make a quick recovery and play just as hard after reentering the starting lineup. The Dolphins would be getting the next great NFL running back by taking Ingram with their first round pick.

Mikel LeShoure, Illinois

LeShoure burst onto the scene in 2010 with an impressive junior year for the Fighting Illini. He displayed tremendous burst and acceleration in open field, while still having the power to bowl-over defenders when he needed to. When running, he has a full head of steam and does everything he can to pick up tough yards after contact. Although he may not show as much on film as Ingram does, he has a very high ceiling and could easily be the best running back of the class. We’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg on LeShoure’s potential.

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