Miami Dolphins pick Alabama running back Kenyan Drake in third round

Alabama running back Kenyan Drake selected 73rd in NFL draft by Miami

Alabama tailback Kenyan Drake is likely to have a varied role with the Miami Dolphins, just as he did with the Crimson Tide.

 

Drake was selected in the third round, the 73rd overall pick in the NFL draft, by Miami.

 

Drake did a variety of jobs for Alabama, and did them all well. Though primarily a tailback, and the backup to Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry, Drake was also a dynamic kickoff return man and capable receiver, either as a slot receiver or from his tailback spot. He is also a good blocker in pass protection.

 

Drake was something of a hardluck player for Bama, suffering a season-ending broken leg early in his junior season and missing a handful of games for the 2015 national championship Tide with a broken arm.

 

Bama was glad to get him back, particularly when he returned a fourth quarter kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown against Clemson to help the Tide win the national championship.

 

Drake played in 13 games with 77 rushes for 408 yards, 5.3 yards per carry, and one touchdown. He also caught 29 passes for 276 yards, 9.5 yards per catch, and a TD. He had 19 kickoff returns for 505 yards (26.6 yards per runback) with the touchdown against Clemson.

 

OUR PRE-DRAFT PREDICTION:

Second Round, No. 61 to New England


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