2018 NFL Draft: Top 5 Running Backs for Miami Dolphins in 2nd Round

Sony Michel of the Georgia Bulldogs is a local product. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Kenyan Drake averaged 18 carries a game for the Miami Dolphins over the last five weeks of the season, and was very productive.

Dolphins coach Adam Gase called an average of 23 rushes over the course of the season, and so some might say that there isn’t much depth needed behind Drake in 2018.

Wrong, wrong, wrong.

Gase would much prefer to give Drake, for example, 14 carries, and split the remaining nine between one or two other backs. Plus, what if Drake were to sustain an injury?

The Dolphins have not re-signed free agent running back Damien Williams. And they brought in veteran DeMarco Murray for a visit, though he has yet to sign.

At of the moment, the Dolphins have Drake, Senorise Perry and Brandon Radcliff in the running back room.

The Dolphins hold the 42nd overall pick in the next NFL draft and it would appear at least a few really talented running backs should be available to choose from in that spot. In fact, right now the Daily Dolphin projects the Dolphins to take one of these players in the second round:

  1. Sony Michel, Georgia, 5-foot-11, 220 pounds — The Plantation, FL, native, is strong, quick and has good vision. Has been compared to former Miami Dolphins running back Knowshon Moreno. Michael can run, catch and block. [HIGHLIGHT VIDEO]
  2. Ronald Jones, USC, 6-foot, 185 pounds — Electric speed. Protects the football. Willing blocker. Slasher who has been compared to Jamaal Charles. Elite play-making ability. Has improved as a receiver. [HIGHLIGHT VIDEO]
  3. Nick Chubb, Georgia, 5-foot-11, 228 pounds —Some will have concerns about a serious knee injury sustained in college. But Chubb is a powerful runner with good agility and reliable hands. He’s been compared to Jonathan Stewart. [HIGHLIGHT VIDEO]
  4. Rashaad Penny, San Diego State, 5-foot-11, 220 pounds — Penny led the nation in rushing with 2,248 rushing yards. Penny is a patient running back who sets up his blocks. Is also a very dangerous kickoff returner, which Miami may need. [HIGHLIGHT VIDEO]
  5. Kerryon Johnson, Auburn, 6-foot, 212 pounds — Burst. Acceleration. Nimble and tough. Can be a weapon on the screen game. His running style has been compared to Le’Veon Bell and overall he’s been compared to Tevin Coleman. [HIGHLIGHT VIDEO]

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