Alas, the Kenyan Drake saga is over.
On Monday, Miami shipped the 73rd overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for a conditional sixth-round pick in 2020 that could become a 5th-round pick (keep in mind Arizona has Miami’s 2020 fifth rounder from the Josh Rosen trade).
Arizona has a pressing need at running back after injuries to Chase Edmonds and David Johnson in consecutive weeks left the Cardinals vulnerable at the position. Arizona faces San Francisco on Thursday night and Drake will more than likely see a heavy workload.
Drake, who’s a free agent after the season, gets the opportunity to showcase himself elsewhere as he was never properly utilized by the Dolphins coaching staffs. His 5.5 yards-per-touch since 2016 ranks ninth among running backs in the league just behind Kareem Hunt and Dalvin Cook.
The Dolphins meanwhile add to their stockpile of draft picks for the upcoming draft in what is expected to be the roster overhaul of a lifetime.
The trade of Kenyan Drake now means that only two of the eight players drafted in 2016 remain on the roster, Xavien Howard and Jakeem Grant. The same stands true for 2015 in which only Devante Parker and Bobby McCain remain with Miami.
Based off of those numbers alone, how can Stephen Ross feel comfortable that Chris Grier is the right man for the job for the rebuild that is about to happen?