Stealing the show at Alabama wasn’t Kenyan Drake, but instead it was his teammate Derrick Henry who went on to break a handful of records and be awarded the Heisman trophy this past season. Regardless, Drake still saw himself get drafted fairly early, and not too long after Henry went off the board. How does Drake compare to his college superior?
To start, Drake brings a better skillset to this level. Unlike Henry who is a straight-line, one-cut guy, Drake has the speed and versatility to stay in the league for a long time. While I don’t see him ever becoming a starting RB in the NFL, he’s a change-of-pace back who can hurt you running the ball or as a receiver.
Looking at Miami’s RB situation, it’s one of the worst in the league. Lamar Miller darted for the Houston Texans and their pursuit of C.J. Anderson resulted in him returning to Denver. There were rumblings about a potential Arian Foster to Miami signing, but those have since died down. This leaves an inexperienced backfield headlined by 2nd year Jay Ajayi and Kenyan Drake.
Adam Gase comes over to Miami after stints as the offensive coordinator in Denver and more recently Chicago. Looking at his tenure in Chicago, RBs averaged over 26 carries per week, this despite Gase’s rep as a pass-first type offensive mind. I definitely don’t expect that type of work from the group of RBs in Miami, especially with the good passing attack the Dolphins have built. However, you know Gase is going to use the run to try and open up things through the air.
The combination of Jay Ajayi and Kenyan Drake is quite reminiscent of his tandem with Derrick Henry during his college days. Ajayi is the power back who will be more of the workhorse, Drake will come on to provide that electricity to Ajayi’s thunder. Between carries and his ability as a receiver, Drake can see a consistent 10-15 touches on a week-to-week basis, and he will surely make the most of those.
Drake doesn’t have much tread on the tires, coming into the league he has fresh legs and will be ready to go from day one. Lamar Miller’s departure leaves nearly 200 carries that will need to be replaced, and Drake will see a great deal of those. Among rookie RBs, Drake very well could finish 2nd in fantasy points behind Ezekiel Elliott. Based on the lack of legs in Miami’s stable, Drake warrants a pick in standard 12 team leagues as well as a selection in dynasty leagues.