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Bucs and Dolphins see running back skills displayed at Combine Friday

Jamil King



Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL Combine field drills kicked off Friday in Indianapolis. Running backs and offensive lineman took the field  in front of scouts and personnel executives from all over the league.

We have mentioned previously that the Bucs and Dolphins could be interested at running back early following in the footsteps of the Jaguars last season.

Penn State’s Saquon Barkley stole the show with his 4.41 forty yard dash, and his 41 inch vertical. How impressive was that 40 yard dash for a running back recently at the Combine? Take a look:

Barkley has firmly cemented himself as the top prospect in the draft, but will the Browns take him at number 1? The Browns could also take him with their fourth overall pick.

The Bucs would love to have him, but would likely require a trade up with the Giants or Colts, who both have an opening at running back themselves.

Georgia’s Sony Michel is another potential target for the two teams posted a 4.51, 40.

San Diego State’s Rashaad Penny, who wrote about at the Senior Bowl for Bucs and Dolphins later in the draft, ran a 4.43 and added a 32.5 vertical jump to his resume.

A sleeper that a team like the Bucs could look to add is Nyheim Hines. The quick back from NC State ran the fastest time at 4.38 and could be a later round compliment to Peyton Barber.

Miami running back Mark Walton, who missed the second half of the season due to an ankle injury was back on the field. He ran a 4.60 and added a 31.5 inch vertical.

Clearly, there is much see and learn about these players, as the process continues in Indianapolis and after, with individual workouts, meetings at team facilities, etc.

And, the Bucs and the Dolphins will continue to evaluate the rest of the weekend in search of possibly selecting a running back early in this year’s draft.

Jamil King is a young draft pick working his way up the depth chart on the F.F.I. roster, who enjoys watching and writing about all of Florida’s football teams.

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