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Friday, April 29, 2011
Dolphins move up for running back

By Tim Graham

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.