Mid-Round RBs for the Miami Dolphins

Eric Roddy breaks down three possible mid-round running backs the Miami Dolphins could target in this year's draft.

The Miami Dolphins appear to be rolling with sophomore running back Jay Ajayi heading into the 2015-2016. That being said, while Ajayi may be the favorite to start (unless the Dolphins somehow draft Ezekiel Elliott), the Dolphins will definitely look to the 2016 NFL Draft as a means of bringing in another running back. Adam Gase has already confirmed that he wants a "stable of backs," but the Dolphins may not choose to spend a first or second round pick on a back, as they have other more pressing needs at the moment. 

Here are three running backs I think the Dolphins should and could target in the draft, without using one of their higher picks. 

1. Paul Perkins, RB UCLA

availability: projected rounds 3-4. 

Perkins was an absolute beast for the Bruins last year, logging 1,343 yards after going for over 1,500 the year before in 2014. He added thirty receptions and 15 touchdowns to an impressive redshirt junior campaign. He has  reliable hands and is an avid and willing pass blocker. His only downside is his lack of strength and size at 5-foot-10, 208 pounds, but he makes up for lack of these physical attributes with his quickness and elusiveness. He can put defenders on the ground with a simple cut, and is difficult to be brought down. He compares to Jamaal Charles and Duke Johnson, but is a tad bit slower. Perkins would be the perfect compliment to Ajayi, and could spend some time in the weight room in order to improve his game. 

2. C.J. Prosise, RB Notre Dame Fighting Irish

availability: projected rounds 3-4. 

Prosise's biggest weakness is that he has just one full year as a RB under his belt. That being said, it was an incredibly productive season, as Prosise totaled over 1,000 yards on just 156 carries (over a 6 yard average) for 11 rushing touchdowns. He also proved he was a capable pass catcher, adding 308 yards on 26 catches and one score. Prosise has the ideal build for a three down back, coming in at 6 feet flat and 220 pounds. He needs to improve his pass blocking, but could prove to be an immediate committee back for the Dolphins behind Ajayi as he develops as a more complete black. Adam Gase is great at getting the most out of his backfield, and Prosise and Ajayi could develop into one of the better young tandems. 

3. Keith Marshall, RB Georgia Bulldogs

availability: projected rounds 5-6. 

Personally, I think Marshall could be one of the draft's biggest steals, just as Ajayi was last year. He has ridiculous speed, running the 40-yard dash in 4.31 seconds, and immense strength, as he hit the 25 reps mark in the bench. Marshall's only fault was playing behind Todd Gurley for most of his career. As one of the featured backs in the offense back in 2012 (his freshman year), Marshall proved that he has what it takes to be a starter when he totaled 759 yards on 117 attempts for 8 scores, adding another score and 91 yards in the passing game. An ACL tear ended a fantastic year, and Marshall took to the backup role once Gurley broke out. As a projected 5-6th round pick, Marshall has all the upside and could boost an other wise shallow Dolphins backfield with his top speed. He's nearly 6 foot and 220 pounds, and is a bruising back when reaching top speed. 

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