Draft Pick Analysis: RB Lamar Miller

What kind of players did the Dolphins get in the 2012 NFL draft? We break down each selection, looking at their college career and examining how they could fit into the team's plans. This installment looks at fourth-round pick Lamar Miller.

RB Lamar Miller, Miami

Selected: Round 4, 97th overall

Size: 5-11, 212

College highlights: Played only two seasons at Miami after redshirting in 2009. Became a starter in 2011 and took advantage of the opportunity by rushing for 1,272 yards and nine touchdowns. Miller became the eighth back in school history and the first since Willis McGahee in 2002 to rush for more than 1,000 yards. He also had a kickoff return for a touchdown against Ohio State in 2010.

Personal info: General Studies major at Miami. ... Born April 25, 1991, meaning he turned 21 on Wednesday.

How he fits in: Miller joins what has become a crowded running back corps, which also includes Reggie Bush, Steve Slaton, 2011 second-round pick Daniel Thomas, Richard Medlin and CFL import Jerome Messam. Miller figures to get his share of playing time on offense and he'll definitely be in the mix when it comes to picking out a kickoff returner.

What he said: "I was a Dolphins fan because it's my hometown. Always watching those guys on TV, Ricky Williams, Lamar Thomas, players like that. It's a great feeling just to be in the same shoes they've been in and just cherishing of playing for your hometown."

What Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland said: "My vision for Lamar is just to come in here and learn and develop. He's got as natural run skills as I've seen. I thought he was one of the better backs in the draft."


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