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Dolphins fill another need, draft Alabama running back Kenyan Drake

The Dolphins selected Alabama Kenyan Drake in the third round Friday.
The Dolphins selected Alabama Kenyan Drake in the third round Friday. AP

The Dolphins finally got their running back.

And he came cheaper than anyone they missed out on in free agency.

Miami took Alabama running back Kenyan Drake in the third round Friday, adding a career backup who averaged a gaudy 6.4 yards per carry in four seasons at Tuscaloosa. The Dolphins selected Drake with the 73rd overall pick.

“This was definitely a surprise,” said Drake, who visited the Dolphins before the draft. “A real dream come true.”

Drake was never the featured back at Alabama (he was behind Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry), but has a chance to become the starter in Miami.

He’ll compete with Jay Ajayi for the No. 1 job, although the Dolphins will need both.

For the organization, it’s the end of a long search for Lamar Miller’s replacement. The Dolphins courted both C.J. Anderson and Chris Johnson in free agency, but lost out on both.

“He's got a unique skill set for us,” Grier said of Drake. “He adds an explosive element that we lost [in Miller]. We can do a lot of stuff with him.”

Drake’s biggest question mark is durability. He suffered a gruesome lower leg injury in 2014 and broke his arm this past season.

“I'm completely healthy,” Drake insisted.

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