Miami lost Lamar Miller to the Houston Texans earlier this off-season, and they need a star running back. They have signed three running backs so far, but it is time to for them to pull off a trade and move up to draft Ezekiel Elliott. One of the three running backs recently signed is Daniel Thomas, who played for the Dolphins from 2011-2014, but he did not play at all last season after being cut by the Bears before the season started. The other two backs they signed are Isaiah Pead (did not have a carry in 2015) and MarQueis Gray, who is actually listed as a tight end. Gray has not had a carry since 2013 when he was a running back for the Browns, and he has since converted to tight end.
The numbers posted by the three recently acquired players do not look great, and they should really be an indication to the Miami front office that a running back is a major need for this team. They have a new coach in town in Adam Gase who could use a feature back in his offense as well.
Miami has other backs on the roster along with the the three that they signed, and their numbers are not impressive either, Damien Williams and Jay Ajayi are young and they might not have reached their potential yet. However their statistics are not great and Miami really needs to work on the running back situation.
Before making a trade with the Eagles where the teams swapped first round picks, the Dolphins sat at the eighth pick. To add Kiko Alonso and Byron Maxwell, the Fins had to move down to 13. At this point, however, Miami should make another trade to move up and select Ezekiel Elliott. They might not have to move up beyond the seventh pick, where the 49ers currently sit, unless a team is willing to move up to four and swap picks with the Dallas Cowboys. If Miami must trade up to land Elliott, shooting for the seventh pick would make sense because it would be beneficial to both the 49ers and the Dolphins.
Miami would most likely get to a good spot to land Elliott, while the 49ers would add extra picks which would be great considering that they now have Chip Kelly in town as their coach, so they will need players to fit his system. Miami should offer them the following picks to move up: 2016 1st round and 3rd round pick (this could be added on if need be if not offered at first) and their 2017 1st round pick. That may seem like a bit much but Miami does not have a good plan at running back currently and the free agent market is slim for RBs, currently, outside of Arian Foster.
Miami would be better off with a back who has upside over running backs that did not play last season or a back who has since converted to another position, Ezekiel Elliott would be a welcome addition to the Miami Dolphins.