The Dolphins could be in great shape at this spot or they could be in the market for another starter-caliber back to go along with Ronnie Brown. Nick Saban reiterated on Thursday that he believes running back is a two-starter position, which means the NFL's ruling on Ricky Williams' appeal could play into the Dolphins' draft plans. Sammy Morris was re-signed in the offseason and he has running ability, but he's borderline starter material and he also has a history of getting slowed by nagging injuries. Beyond Brown and Morris, the Dolphins also have Travis Minor and Kay-Jay Harris. Minor is a tremendous special teams player, but never has contributed very much on offense, while Harris remains a project. At fullback, the Dolphins appear to be set after signing free agent veteran Fred Beasley to join returning starter Darian Barnes. Barnes is a tremendous, physical blocker, while Beasley is more of a weapon on offense in the passing game.
Dolphins' last pick at the position: Halfback, Ronnie Brown, 2005, Round 1; Fullback, Deon Dyer, 2000, Round 4
Potential Dolphins pick(s) at the position
It all depends on how Williams' situation gets resolved. Saban said Thursday he had not gotten an indication from the NFL as to when a decision would be rendered, but one would think it will come before the draft. If Williams wins his appeal, there's really no need for the Dolphins to spend a draft pick on a running back. If Williams' suspension is upheld and he's forced to miss the 2006 season, we certainly could see the Dolphins taking a running back, perhaps as early as the third or fourth round. One name to remember at that spot in the draft is Jerious Norwood from Mississippi State.