INDIANAPOLIS — Jay Ajayi was a physical, bruising, menacing running back and it would seem his ideal replacement would be someone like that.
There is every possibility that Kenyan Drake is the lead running back for the Miami Dolphins in 2018 and his strengths are speed and burst and explosiveness.
There is also every possibility that Damien Williams, a pending free agent, has played his last down as a Dolphin.
But whether it’s through free agency or the draft, Dolphins coach Adam Gase wants to add a versatile, multi-dimensional running back.
“Anybody that can play all three downs,” Gase said Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine. “Really, that’s the biggest thing I look for, a guy that can both run the ball, pass protection and catch the ball out of the backfield. I think that’s why Kenyan and Damien were such a good … both those guys we never really looked at either one of them as the starters. It was kind of 1A, 1B. They both started games and we felt good about both those guys being in there. I never looked up to say, ‘Who’s in the game?’ It didn’t matter because I felt like they both had complementary skill sets. Both those guys really did a good job. They fed off each other. They were happy for each other when they had success.”
Among the current free agent running backs who could fit the mold Gase describes: pricey Dion Lewis (Patriots) and less expensive Rex Burkhead (Patriots) and Isaiah Crowell (Browns).
It is also possible that Broncos could part with running back C.J. Anderson, who has a strong relationship with Gase and he could land in Miami.
Among the highly-touted NFL Draft prospects that could be on Miami’s radar: Derrius Guice (LSU), Sony Michel (Georgia) and Rashaad Penny (San Diego State).