Dolphins take RB Kalen Ballage with pick acquired for Jay Ajayi

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The pick that the Dolphins acquired in exchange for running back Jay Ajayi turned out to be the No. 131 in this year’s draft and the Dolphins used it on a running back Saturday.

Former Arizona State running back Kalen Ballage was the choice and he joins a backfield that also added Frank Gore as a free agent earlier this offseason.

Ballage split time in the Sun Devils backfield over the last three years and had his biggest game early in the 2016 season when he scored eight touchdowns in a win over Texas Tech. He had 15 total touchdowns during the 2016 season and added 44 catches out of the backfield before dropping to 20 in his senior season. Ballage also returned kickoffs the last two years.

Receiving and special teams work were roles handled by Damien Williams during his tenure with Miami. He left for Kansas City as a free agent, which may present Ballage a path to playing time as a rookie.

9 responses to “Dolphins take RB Kalen Ballage with pick acquired for Jay Ajayi

  1. I just can’t figure out what the heck they are doing in this draft. I can’t believe they haven’t drafted a decent quarterback. They really think Tannehill is the answer. 2 tight ends? Wow.

  2. I guess Miami is not real happy with there 2017 Tight ends. Out with the old, in with the new guys. Bill

  3. A BIG “Thank You” to whoever locked Tannbaum OUT of the Draft Day War Room !
    For ONCE in a LOOOOOOONG time, I’m happy with the picks & Thankful he wasn’t
    allowed to screw it up!!

  4. The Dolphin’s brain trust showed discipline when the top four Quarterback prospects did not fall to number eleven (11). Miami could not afford to trade draft capital to move up and still get more talent for the team. They did the next best thing to obtaining a franchise quarterback. Acquire more talent to support the current quarterbacks on the roster.

  5. Seriously I don’t know what people expect. Imo it was a good draft for us. You don’t know how these guys will turn out but they were intelligent picks. My biggest fear was that we gamble a bunch of picks on let’s face it not exactly super star QB’s. Maybe one or two of these players might become top 10 – 15 QB’s but I don’t see a good reason to give up a chance to draft hopefully good players we’re we need them badly.

  6. Definitely needed 2 TE’s as our 1st & @nd TE’s from last year were gone.
    One is freakish athletic with good hands and the other can catch with the size of a true OT. #NEEDS
    Would’ve loved to see a DT as one of the 7th rd. picks to grab as rotational depth.
    Instead of we had to fight others for the best UDFAs in that spot

    This team had many holes, and they tried to fill them best as possible.
    QB was not a need in Gase’s eye – he has his starter and a backup that he sees as sufficient.
    RT and Osweiler aren’t going anywhere this year – meaning whoever would’ve been drafted
    would have had to compete with Fales – not just in talent but to fit within our delicate salary cap.

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