Note: With Dolphins training camp set to begin today, the Palm Beach Post used the past week to take a look at the five biggest questions surrounding the team. We conclude our training camp preview with a look at which rookies can make an immediate impact for Miami this season. For a look at the other questions we discussed this week, check the bottom of this post.
Note: With the start of Dolphins training camp set for Friday, the Palm Beach Post will take a look at the five biggest questions surrounding the team. Today, we focus on whether Miami’s group of running backs can overcome their inexperience and injury concerns this season. We’ll shift to a different question each day leading up to the start of training camp.
With the start of training camp about a month away, NFL teams are just looking to avoid injuries at this point of the year. Unfortunately for the Dolphins, Wednesday’s minicamp practice included an injury.
(Drake also returned 19 kickoffs for a 26.6 average and one TD.)
This comes after Drake was given 22 carries for 112 yards in 2014.
Drake considers himself “the best back in the draft,” so it’s natural to wonder if he feared getting stuck behind so much talent at Alabama would hurt him making the leap to the NFL.
“Of course not,” he said. “Because at the end of the day, GMs and everybody, they look at specific abilities. Just because you didn’t get the play doesn’t necessarily mean you’re not a great player. Obviously, the Dolphins proved that with drafting me.”
Miami took him with the 73rd pick, the seventh selection from the Crimson Tide. Tennessee took Henry 45th overall. At least while Drake was a teammate of Henry’s, he never had a problem with egos getting in the way.
“I don’t necessarily look at anything in that sort, because I played behind a multitude of backs at Alabama from the Eddie Lacys to the T.J. Yeldons to Derrick Henry,” Drake said. “We didn’t necessarily see it as playing behind each other — playing in front of each other — because we were all in one room trying to obtain one goal, and that was to be the best we could be. Anytime they made a play, I was happy for them. We were together anytime I made a play, and vice versa. That’s what I’m going to bring here to this team is selflessness and a willing to go out and win in any way possible.”
Drake did leave one aspect of his college experience to the imagination. He was asked his feelings about Saban, and asked to share one or two of his favorite Nick Saban stories. Instead, he just smiled.
In Thursday’s first round of the 2016 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins made arguably the biggest splash of the evening, selecting tackle Laremy Tunsil with the 13th pick overall.
While many have lauded the Fins’ boldness in adding the Ole Miss star — who came under fire after a photo of him smoking out of a bong surfaced just before the draft — others, like ESPN commentator Jon Gruden, have voiced their concern.