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Dolphins trade up for Lamar Miller

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Miami Hurricanes running back Lamar Miller was widely regarded as one of the best players remaining heading into Day 3 of the NFL draft, and the Miami Dolphins decided they had to have him.

The Dolphins traded up with the 49ers to get Miller with today’s second pick, the 97th overall selection in the draft.

Miller is a talented playmaker with the ball in his hands with a great 40 time, although there are concerns about a shoulder injury, and questions about whether he’s a complete player: He hasn’t shown much of an ability to pick up first downs in short-yardage situations, and he struggles picking up blitzes. The Dolphins apparently think the big-play ability is enough that in the fourth round, he’s a great value.

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35 Responses to “Dolphins trade up for Lamar Miller”
  1. billsfan1 says: Apr 28, 2012 12:19 PM

    He sounds like Reggie bush

  2. realitypolice says: Apr 28, 2012 12:21 PM

    No flawless players in the 4th round.

    Really good value at this position, IMO.

  3. cannonballdookie says: Apr 28, 2012 12:22 PM

    Doesn’t Reggie Bush already do what he does???

  4. ampats says: Apr 28, 2012 12:22 PM

    Hasn’t shown much of an ability to pick up first downs in short yardage situations, and struggles picking up blitzes.

    Sounds like another Dolphin great value !

  5. ahawkalypse says: Apr 28, 2012 12:24 PM

    Chris Polk is gonna make the Dolphins pay for passing on him.

  6. mc9399 says: Apr 28, 2012 12:25 PM

    srry steve slaton

  7. reppster says: Apr 28, 2012 12:25 PM

    Going to be exciting to watch if he turns out to be a stud!

  8. jacobslatter says: Apr 28, 2012 12:31 PM

    Dude man like NFL.com needs to fix their online simulcast of the draft they have 3 people sitting in front of a webcam at home while a gal is eating and dude goes walking around and now there is a blue screen with a few icons on the right. Hamsters ran out of juice.

  9. samtheram says: Apr 28, 2012 12:34 PM

    Would be funny if some one traded with the Rams for the pick.

  10. thestewman3 says: Apr 28, 2012 12:37 PM

    This guy could be the steal of the draft if healthy.

  11. mrtwister1 says: Apr 28, 2012 12:38 PM

    This is a steal in the fourth round.
    If you’re a canes fan you know Lamar is a pure 1 cut take it to the house runner!

  12. orthomarine says: Apr 28, 2012 12:39 PM

    Lamar is our new special teams stud; KR, PR, special packages on offense where you have him and Reggie possibly in a 5 wide or using those two like the Pats do with setting up two screens on either side.

  13. bchapman2011 says: Apr 28, 2012 12:44 PM

    Hmm up tempo Mike Sherman offense running 80 plays a game in 85 degree miami with a bunch of speedy weapons. Miami is packed in the backfield so I wouldnt be suprised if they try to really use either him or Bush or even both a-lot in the passing game. That may explain the lack of receivers drafted.

  14. uscfan1988 says: Apr 28, 2012 12:47 PM

    Reggies contract is up after this year and miller runs between the tackles great value he is a STUD

  15. ebr362 says: Apr 28, 2012 12:52 PM

    Why the never ending Dolphin hating on this site? Every article starts out with facts and then ends with a sniping paragraph…

  16. exibitsman says: Apr 28, 2012 12:54 PM

    very injury prone will not make it past. the third preason game

  17. bchapman2011 says: Apr 28, 2012 12:59 PM

    ebr362 says:
    Apr 28, 2012 12:52 PM
    Why the never ending Dolphin hating on this site? Every article starts out with facts and then ends with a sniping paragraph…
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    I would usually agree but not in this case. All they were doing is pointing out why he slipped to the 4th round. That is what the draft consists of…..evaluating talent. They even ended the article stating that Miami got great value for this player.

  18. thestewman3 says: Apr 28, 2012 1:01 PM

    Lamar and Reggie in the backfield together. Just wow! One or both split wide and good luck covering them.

  19. xpensivewinos says: Apr 28, 2012 1:09 PM

    The Dolphins have become a joke over the past few years, so the instinctive reaction to everything they do is negative……….or there’s an assumption it’s stupid. They need to change that by winning.

    When the experts talk about getting “value” in the draft, this move really hits it out of the park!

    Bush can play receiver, Bush is a free agent after next season, Bush has proven to be injury prone……..and Miller can return kicks (if there’s any to return) and punts.

    AWESOME pick for the Dolphins! Long time since I’ve said that.

  20. dolphins1121 says: Apr 28, 2012 1:09 PM

    “The Dolphins apparently think the big-play ability is enough that in the fourth round, he’s a great value.”

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    The Dolphins don’t “apparently” think he is a great value in the 4th; every team had this guy pegged at late-first, early-second round talent. What is with the Dolphin hate on this site, bro? Try writing an unbiased article, just once please. Thanks.

  21. rajbais says: Apr 28, 2012 1:20 PM

    Ok!!! Now add Tommy Streeter!!!!

  22. igotgamenj says: Apr 28, 2012 1:26 PM

    Great Pick. Reggie Bush has only 1 year left on his contract

  23. vtmem says: Apr 28, 2012 1:27 PM

    The Phins are using a new system and intend to create matchup problems for their opponents.

  24. igotgamenj says: Apr 28, 2012 1:27 PM

    Jeff Irland is Killing it !!!!!!!

  25. kerc1986 says: Apr 28, 2012 1:30 PM

    good pick up by fins, so far you can say good draft for Miami, i know a lot of people don’t like ireland, but for me, another good draft so far now now get a wr.

  26. zackattack006 says: Apr 28, 2012 2:13 PM

    Kudos to Ireland and his team! Awesome draft so far…

  27. truthhurtstoo says: Apr 28, 2012 2:18 PM

    @ ampats- not only are you a moron but a delusional homer as well. Save your snark for the jets.

  28. suite34 says: Apr 28, 2012 2:29 PM

    Let me get this straight–last year, the Dolphins traded up, not to draft Ryan Mallett, a possible franchise QB with the best arm in the draft, but for Daniel Thomas, a running back. So this year, they trade up again, for another running back, after overreaching for a QB in the first round. Is it any wonder no one wants to play there?

  29. dolphins1121 says: Apr 28, 2012 2:33 PM

    Suite34, you are a moron. Go join the other fair-weather fans who don’t understand football. This is a solid team, run by solid personel. Can’t wait to see y’all say “dolphins are so good, I stood by them all along,” when we are 11-5 and going to the playoffs.

  30. bchapman2011 says: Apr 28, 2012 2:40 PM

    Be prepared to be a little frustrated Miami Fans….Seems like a-lot of the moves they are making are in preparation of dumping higher salary player. I love the draft so far but I am thinking that Miami has a motive behind the picks because they really need cap space.

    Jonathan Martin- probably replacing Jake Long after next season
    Lamar Miller- Probably replacing Reggie Bush either this season or next year when his contract expires.
    Fasano is as good as gone the the TE they selected.

    Miami is in salary dump mode. They are trying to get rid of the higher priced players that do not fit the new coaching staffs scheme.

  31. bsizemore68 says: Apr 28, 2012 2:45 PM

    And to make it clear, no one want’s you to post on this site, your statement is not correct Mr. 34. Bill

  32. beeronthefridge says: Apr 28, 2012 4:05 PM

    Lamar Miller is the best running back in the draft!

  33. 305phinphan says: Apr 29, 2012 2:09 AM

    ampats says: Apr 28, 2012 12:22 PM

    Hasn’t shown much of an ability to pick up first downs in short yardage situations, and struggles picking up blitzes.

    Sounds like another Dolphin great value !
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    This statement has JEALOUSY written all over it!
    Are you made because now Miami has 3 runningbacks in Reggie Bush, Daniel Thomas, and Lamar Miller who are ALL better then the Pats number 1? Oh wait, who do the Patsies even have at RB now?

    Just remember Brady can’t play forever and when he is threw so will the Pats for many years to come!

  34. Fantasy Football Legend says: Apr 29, 2012 3:05 AM

    He should of been drafted in the 1st two rounds!!

  35. ghjjf says: Apr 29, 2012 3:14 PM

    Looks like the Dolphins are drafting UM players to help fill up the stadium with Hurricane fans.

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