Dolphins Trade Up, Take Running Back

Dolphins pass on quarterback again and take Kansas State's Daniel Thomas

By Todd Wright
|  Friday, Apr 29, 2011  |  Updated 9:16 PM EDT
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The Miami Dolphins took Florida's Mike Pouncey with the 15th pick in the NFL draft Thursday night, but Dolphins fans weren't all pleased.

The Miami Dolphins took Florida's Mike Pouncey with the 15th pick in the NFL draft Thursday night, but Dolphins fans weren't all pleased.

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The Miami Dolphins made a move Friday and traded up in the NFL draft to select Kansas State running back Daniel Thomas with the 62nd pick.

The Dolphins, who did not have a second round pick, traded with the Washington Redskins.

The selection helps solidify a shaky rotation at running back because Miami only has two currently on the roster.

But some fans might be shaking their heads because the Dolphins still had a shot at taking quarterback Ryan Mallett, who has yet to be drafted. Miami passed Thursday on Mallett, who was projected by some as a first-round pick, and chose center Mike Pouncey with the No. 15 pick.

The Redskins receive the Dolphins' third-round (No. 79 overall), fifth-round (No. 145 overall) and seventh-round (No. 217 overall) picks to get Thomas, who is described as a workhorse back who also has experience running the Wildcat formation.

Miami is left with a pick in the fourth and sixth rounds, along with two seventh-round selections.

Thomas had back-to-back 1,00 yard seasons at Kansas State and has good size at 6'2, 228 pounds.

Critics say he lacks the break away speed to hit the home run.

With the selection of Pouncey and Thomas, it appears Miami will be the ground-and-pound team head coach Tony Sparano wants and not the electrifying and dynamic speed offense that owner Stephen Ross promised fans this offseason.

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