Kenyan Drake became the second Alabama running back drafted this weekend when the Miami Dolphins made him the No. 73 overall pick Friday.
Fellow ex-Crimson Tide star Derrick Henry went No. 45 overall to the Tennessee Titans earlier in the night.
Both are now officially headed to the NFL, where questions abound; Henry’s running style and pass-catching ability have been dissected for months. Drake has his own supposed weaknesses to overcome.
NFL.com’s scouting report says Drake is a “change-of-pace runner without a go-to value,” and “he will show a lack of patience at times.”
But there’s plenty to get excited about.
Drake had a tendency to break open games for the Crimson Tide, with his most memorable moment — a 95-yard kickoff return touchdown — coming against Clemson in the national championship.
“He will be an asset as a returner and may make his mark more as a receiving threat out of the backfield than as a runner,” ProFootballFocus.com wrote in its pre-draft evaluation. “He is a fast player who is capable of making big plays and should be given a few offensive touches per game.”
The Powder Spring, Ga., native finished his Alabama career with 2,065 yards and 22 touchdowns from scrimmage, adding 19 kick returns for 505 yards (26.6 average) and the aforementioned title-game dash, a play that landed him on the cover of Sports Illustrated in January.