Dolphins move up for running back

April, 29, 2011
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The Miami Dolphins traded into the second round to grab Kansas State running back Daniel Thomas with the 62nd selection Friday night.

Why the Dolphins took him: The Dolphins sent three picks (Nos. 79, 146 and 216) to the Washington Redskins to move up. Thomas is 6-feet, 230 pounds. He rushed for 2,850 yards and 30 touchdowns and caught 52 passes for 428 yards in two seasons. He might also be the next Wildcat pilot. He ran a similar offense in junior college and completed 7 of 12 passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns for Kansas State.

How it affects the roster: The Dolphins are close to a blank slate. Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams are on expired contracts. Thomas likely slotted ahead of Lex Hilliard on the depth chart.

Scouts Inc. says: Lacks great top-end speed. Does not show ideal burst to consistently turn the corner in the NFL. But he does have a bit of a second-gear when he reaches the second level and can bounce some runs to the outside. Most importantly, he has excellent lateral agility for a back his size. Displays short-area burst to get to and through the line of scrimmage. Slippery runner. Can slither through a tight crease as well as any big back in this draft. Nimble on feet and shows good lateral movement/change-of-direction skills to make defenders miss in confined areas.

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