RUNNING BACK IS FINAL PICK

The Dolphins didn't go for need with their final pick of the 2002 NFL draft. Instead, they hope they came up with a steal with the selection of East Carolina running back Leonard Henry. Trying to figure out if they got one might depend upon who you believe.<P>

Among the many national draft publications, Henry was rated as high as the sixth-best halfback prospect and as low as No. 27.

The production certainly was there last season at East Carolina, as Henry rushed for 1,432 yards and averaged a whopping 7.8 yards per carry.

But the skeptics will contend that Henry's numbers were as much a product of East Carolina's offensive system as they were a reflection of Henry's ability.

Regardless, Henry still rushed for 177 yards on only 14 carries against a very good Syracuse defense and he still burned Cincinnati for 234 yards rushing and two scores.

"I'm the type of fellow who doesn't get caught up in statistics," said Henry.

On the surface, the selection of Henry seems rather odd, considering the Dolphins acquired Ricky Williams to be their feature back in the offseason, also signed former New England No. 1 pick and also have Travis Minor as their third-round pick.

It would appear Henry's only chance of making the roster is if Edwards can't return to form because of the knee injury that has sidelined him for the past three seasons.

Still, after waiting so long to get drafted, Henry wasn't about to care about being drafted by a team that appears set at running back.

"It doesn't matter to me," he said. "I've been here five, six, seven hours, so I couldn't care less where I go. Right now I feel like a burden has been lifted off my shoulders. I have a lot of angst within me."


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