As was predicted by myself before it happened, the Dolphins traded back into the second round. But at the time, I was thinking the Fins would take the free-falling Ryan Mallett, and not a running back.
Instead, Miami continued to address perhaps their biggest weakness last year, in the running game.
In a trade that saw the Dolphins exchanging their 3rd, 5th, and 7th round picks to the Washington Redskins in able to nab Kansas State running back Daniel Thomas.
Thomas only runs a 4.6 speed, perhaps high 4.5?s on a good day, so we are not drafting a game breaker here. What we are getting in Thomas is a Ronnie Brown type back, only someone who is more of an inside runner.
Thomas can break tackles with the best of them in this draft, and always falls forward when going down. While busting a run outside is certainly not a strong suit because of his lack of break-away speed, he still has adequate vision up-field, and can cut back inside nicely. He can also catch the ball out of the backfield exceptionally, as well as stay in and block.
Thomas is a complete back right now, with more potential than some of the other backs that were left in this draft. He fits what the Dolphins are looking for in their running backs perfectly. Like I mentioned before, this kid compares to Ronnie Brown who is a free agent this off-season for Miami. This move may be an indicator that the front office will not look to re-sign Brown for anything less than a bargain.
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