The players that I am discussing are those that the Dolphins have worked out, interviewed, or had other such contact with.
Today, I will be looking at running backs and fullbacks. Of course, this is one of the few positions that Miami can considered a strength. Even so, it's possible a RB might be taken with a late round pick or as a free agent.
I will organize the prospects into tiers, as such:
- First tier: First-round talent
- Second tier: Second or third-round talent
- Third tier: Mid-round (4-5) talent
- Fourth tier: Late round (6-7) or FA talent
1. Kevin Smith, Central Florida
- Pros: Excellent agility, tough, capable pass-catcher, good vision
- Cons: Running style is too upright, needs to add bulk, some character issues
- Compares to: Justin Fargas
THIRD TIER PROSPECTS
1. Owen Schmitt, West Virginia
- Pros: Classic bruising lead blocker, very strong and powerful, solid pass catcher, excellent work ethic, good short-yardage runner
- Cons: Not very athletic, average speed, not much upside
- Compares to: Larry Csonka
FOURTH TIER PROSPECTS
1. Tim Hightower, Richmond
- Pros: Can play RB and FB, good special teams player, powerful runner, good vision, hard worker
- Cons: Average speed, below average hands, concerns with ball security
2. Rolly Lumbala, Idaho
Lumbala is another versatile back who can play RB, FB, H-back, or tight end. In the NFL, his best position will be at FB, where he'd be a solid lead blocker. He can play special teams as well. I'd rather take Hightower over Lumbala, but Lumbala would certainly be an option if he's available as a free agent.