The Dolphins officially signed third-round pick Kenyan Drake today, as Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald tweets. Drake was previously the last unsigned rookie in Miami’s 2016 class, so the Dolphins now have every rookie under contract.
Drake’s signing marked a rather eventful day for the rookie running back. In practice on Wednesday afternoon, Drake suffered a hamstring injury during a special teams drill. At this time, there is no definitive word on his status. The Dolphins are keeping their figures crossed that Drake is alright since he figures to be an important part of their backfield in both the future and present. The Dolphins will start Jay Ajayi at running back this year but Drake has been trumped up as the clear-cut No. 2 option. Behind Ajayi and the Alabama product, the Dolphins also have Damien Williams, Daniel Thomas, and Isaiah Pead on the roster. If Drake’s injury is serious, Miami may circle back to the likes of Arian Foster as they weigh their depth options.
The biggest name in the Dolphins draft class, of course, is first-round pick Laremy Tunsil. The Ole Miss product was considered a virtual lock to go in the top seven picks before his social media accounts were hacked just minutes prior to the start of the draft. While the Ravens and other teams passed on the opportunity to take the the 6’5″, 315 pound lineman, the Dolphins were delighted to have him fall to No. 13.
Here is the complete rundown of the Dolphins’ 2016 rookie class:
- 1-13: Laremy Tunsil, T (Ole Miss)
- 2-38: Xavien Howard, CB (Baylor)
- 3-73: Kenyan Drake, RB (Alabama)
- 3-86: Leonte Carroo, WR (Rutgers)
- 6-186: Jakeem Grant, WR (Texas Tech)
- 6-204: Jordan Lucas, DB (Penn State)
- 7-223: Brandon Doughty, QB (Western Kentucky)
- 7-231: Thomas Duarte, TE (UCLA)
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