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Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott to visit Miami Dolphins

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Their fascination with Todd Gurley a year ago showed the Miami Dolphins are fine with taking a running back in Round 1.

So it should come as no surprise that they're eying Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliott in 2016.

Elliott told NFL Network late Thursday that he has a visit planned with the Dolphins, who own the 13th pick in the first round.

And like Gurley -- whom the Rams drafted before Miami went on the clock in 2015 -- Elliott has plenty of suitors.

He has already visited the Cowboys (who pick fourth) and has meetings set up with the Eagles (eighth) and Bears (11th), Elliott said.

Elliott is easily best running back in a deep class. He rushed for nearly 4,000 yards in just three seasons with the Buckeyes, averaging an astounding 6.7 yards per carry.

The Dolphins have a clear need at the position, after losing Lamar Miller to the Texans in free agency and missing out on targets C.J. Anderson and Chris Johnson.

With just three weeks until the draft, Dolphins headquarters feels a bit like a bus terminal these days.

They held their local pro day Thursday, with University of Miami sending a handful of players to Davie, including safety Deon Bush and wide receiver Rashawn Scott.

The Dolphins are also in the market for a long-term backup quarterback. Jake Rudock, the former St. Thomas Aquinas star who played collegiately at both Iowa and Michigan, worked out for the team this week.

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