The Miami Dolphins enter the 2015 NFL Draft with several areas of need and the fourteenth pick in the first round. Never thought I’d say this, but I’d like the Dolphins to take a running back in the first round of the draft. Little point in taking a stretch receiver when your QB can’t hit the long ball anyway. They need a guard and tight end, but neither is worth a first round pick. If a stud cornerback falls to them, they’ll have to take him. But short of that, I want Todd Gurley.
He’s a once in a generation running back, and he can give the Dolphins offense the kind of additional dynamic that Lynch gives the Seahawks. Pair up Gurley with Lamar Miller, who’s good but only for about fifteen carries a game, and you’ve got the best running back tandem in the league.
The trouble: Gurley is coming off an injury which might make him limited for the first half of the season. The Dolphins head coach is in a win-or-get-fired season, and if he gets off to a slow start, he could be gone before Gurley even sees the field. So if the Dolphins GM is leaning toward taking a running back, I wouldn’t be surprised if the coach tries to steer him toward the less dynamic but ready-to-play-week-one Melvin Gordon.
It’s why a team should never keep a head coach around who hasn’t accomplished anything and is one more bad year away from getting fired. That coach invariably pushes the organization toward making short term moves that mortgage the future in the hopes of remaining employed for one more season. And now the fact that the Miami Dolphins failed to fire Joe Philbin after three failed seasons means that not only is 2015 already potentially a lost season, they may also lose out on Todd Gurley for the next ten years as a result.