The Dolphins went seven years without drafting a player from the University of Miami. This weekend, they took two in two rounds.
The Dolphins pulled off the first trade of the day on Saturday, trading with San Francisco to get the 97th overall pick (second pick of the fourth round) and using it on Hurricanes running back Lamar Miller, who many believed would be a second-round pick. Before Friday’s third round, in the Dolphins drafted Hurricanes defensive end Olivier Vernon, the last Miami player drafted by the Dolphins was offensive lineman Vernon Carey.
Miller, a shifty 5-11, 212 back who graduated from Miami-Killian High, rushed for 1,272 yards and nine touchdowns on 5.6 yards per carry last year as a red-shirt sophomore for the Canes. His yardage total was the third-highest in program history.
Miller joins a crowded Miami backfield, which also has Reggie Bush, Daniel Thomas and Steve Slaton.
To get the 97th pick, the Dolphins gave to San Francisco the 103rd pick, a sixth-round pick (196th overall) and next year’s sixth-round pick.
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