As a true Miami Dolphins fanatic, I never need any extra motivation to watch their games and was already looking forward to the 2012 season. But when they selected Lamar Miller in the fourth round of the NFL Draft I become even more excited than I could have ever imagined as Miller happens to be my favorite player and also the favorite player of my wife and two sons. While we enjoyed watching him at the games last year as he played for the Miami Hurricanes, I never thought we would get to yell, "It's Miller time" again, but thanks to fate, it looks like we will.
Not Supposed to Be There
Lamar Miller was not supposed to be available in the fourth round of the NFL Draft. Many expected him to go in the late first round or early to mid second round at the latest. I have to admit that after the third round came and went I thought to myself that it would be great if the Dolphins could pick him up. When the Dolphins then traded up early in the fourth round and selected Miller I about jumped out of my skin. While he has a lot to prove I think getting a player like Miller in the fourth round is like buying a $50,000 car for only $5,000. The smile on my face stretched ear to ear.
Brings Depth to the Fins' Backfield
The Miami Dolphins already have two great running backs in Reggie Bush and Daniel Thomas, who was drafted in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. However, both have been prone to injury and with Miller on the Dolphins' roster the depth at running back for the Fins will simply be amazing.
In addition, Reggie Bush's contract only runs through this season. So, should Bush decide to part ways with the Dolphins after the 2012 season then at least the Dolphins have Miller to help ensure that their backfield stays solid.
Also Returns Kicks
In another bonus for the Miami Dolphins, Lamar Miller can also returns kicks. So, he can lighten the load on the Dolphins in that department as well and with his speed he has the ability to make some sparks fly while returning kicks, just like he did against the Ohio State Buckeyes in 2010 when he broke free for a 98 yard touchdown return.
Miller Time Once More
This time last year I was excited to see what Lamar Miller could do as the featured running back for the Miami Hurricanes. What I saw didn't disappoint. Now, I am equally as excited to see what he will do for the Miami Dolphins and while he likely won't be the feature back right away, he will make a difference on the team. Best of all, I will be there for several home games with all my family screaming once more, "It's Miller time!"
Jimmy Collins has been a loyal "Dolfan" and fan of the NFL since he was six years old when he met Dan Marino and several other Miami Dolphins players. Still a resident of South Florida, he attends numerous Miami Dolphins games each season and enjoys writing about the NFL and the Miami Dolphins in particular.
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