Because DONALD BROWN can be counted on — he capped a 150-yard, two-touchdown tour de force by sprinting three yards around right end cementing Connecticut's win over Baylor. The 5'10", 210-pound Brown is "a tough guy to bring down once he gets going," says Baylor coach Art Briles.
Take a look at the video link, and tell me why the Dolphins (if available) should, shouldn’t or can’t draft this guy with the first of their two second round picks (#44).
The leading rusher in Division I-A (179.0 yards per game) — he ran a 4.44 40 at the combine — Brown also a very strong player, he can squat 600 pounds. (he's been seen dragging a linebacker from three yards behind the line of scrimmage for a four-yard gain.)
Brown's rushing yards accounts for about 42% of the Huskies' total offense, and has carried the ball 40% of the time — playing in a pro-style offense. Baylor even stacked eight defenders at the line of scrimmage and were still unable to stop Brown.
Let me explain to you why he should be on Miami’s roster.
Production: 2,000 yd rusher with 100+ in 11 of 13 games 200+ in 3 games including a 208 yd 1st half performance in a bowl game.
Size and Speed: Although not the tallest back in this draft, his body composition at 210 lbs and combination of speed (4.3-4.4) gives him an "elite" combination.
Character: Outstanding work ethic, Leadership, Selflessness, and a student of the game. He is durable and takes very good care of his body. His vision, explosiveness and strength sets him apart from [or at least equal to] other backs in this draft. His pass blocking improved but he didn't even use it enough because he was the offense. The truth is he dominated against defenses who not only knew he was going to get the ball but didn’t have to respect a passing game.
This kid will not only improve the team, his intangibles will make an instant impact.
Ah, but you say we have Ronnie, Ricky, Cobbs and bloomin(?) Lex Hilliard. And there’s no room on the roster. Well, like I said previously, the two starters are in their contract year. Ricky is a back-up now and can be let go. Ronnie hasn’t broken 1,000 yards in a few years (even though he made the Pro Bowl). And because he made the Pro Bowl, he has trade value. No matter, in a year, we should have a new backfield. No one is a lock on the running back roster, in my opinion.
As for Cobbs and Hilliard — they’re ok, but not great backs. Donald Brown is an upgrade to both AND can be the second back, making Ricky the third. Ricky could also be cut without great expense to the team — keeping Cobbs (or Hilliard?). I don’t think Cobbs and Hilliard are so great that we can’t do without them. Plus, no back is put on the practice squad, so no one gets nabbed off it. I think a Brown and Brown backfield would be optimum (similar to what Dallas had a couple of years ago) to what this coaching staff wants from the running game.