Dolphins Draft Grade: RB Kenyan Drake

Mark Morales-Smith grades the Miami Dolphins' selection of RB Kenyan Drake in round 3.

Round 3, Pick 10

RB Kenyan DrakeAlabama Crimson Tide

I wasn’t quite as high on this pick as many others were. Yes, he is an exciting home run threat kind of player. He’ll be a nice complement to Jay Ajayi as well. However, there are two issues I have with this pick.

First, I would have liked to draft a linebacker here or even an edge rusher. There were too many strong defensive players left on the board to reach for a running back here. I’ve also been very vocal in expressing my belief that running back wasn’t a pressing need. I love Ajayi and I’m not overly concerned with what may or may not be a bulky knee, which isn’t expected to affect his career for at least a few more years. I fully believe he’s an every-down back in the NFL with massive upside. We could have gotten an equally good if not better back later in the draft.

I like that Drake fits right now with Ajayi. Nonetheless, he’s not an every-down back. So if injury is your concern with Ajayi, you should still be concerned. I would have preferred to bring in a true backup more than a complementary player. I was very high on Devontae Booker from Utah and Jordan Howard out of Indiana. Both went much later and would be better options if forced into a starting role.

Still, Drake is electric and will make highlight-reel plays almost immediately. I’m not trying to sound too negative or complain about the pick because I don’t hate it by any means. I just would have taken a different approach to the position altogether.


Final Draft Grade: B-


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