With the free agency signing of Frank Gore and the drafting of Kalen Ballage in the 4th round, Kenyan Drake isn’t looking like the three-down back we all loved him for at the end of last season. He’s capable of playing all three downs, but Gore showed he still has gas left in the tank and Ballage should mix in. Coach Gase likes what he sees in the rookie, so we could see a full fledge committee in Miami. While Drake was the only back for them in the latter part of the season, the coaches reminded us that they didn’t want to give him so many touches, but had no choice. Their actions this offseason have backed up that sentiment.
With Frank Gore amazingly holding down a starting gig last season, he could push for more carries than just to spell Drake. Ballage can mix in on passing downs, but also has strength for short yardage and goal line situations. Keep an eye on how these three are used in the preseason games. Drake can provide RB2 value as the starter, but I see too much value at receiver to draft someone who can potentially not get the consistent 15+ touches minimum on a weekly basis that I want out of my RB2, not to mention if he doesn’t get goal line carries.
Are you comfortable drafting Drake at the end of the 3rd, early 4th where is current ADP is? Do you think he’ll drop considerably by the time we draft in August? Let me know!