Dolphins Might Be Wise to Locke Up Kentucky Speedster

17 Feb

One of the players we’ll be closely watching at the NFL Combine is pint-sized Kentucky RB Derrick Locke. Locke just finished up a stellar career at the oft forgotten (at least in football) SEC school, logging over 3,500 total yards, with a 5.1ypc average while often playing against the most talented defenses in the country. Locke also caught over 30 passes each of the last two years, even while missing a handful of games due to injury. Though Locke most certainly wouldn’t be a full time answer at running back (5’8″, 185lbs currently), he could certainly add explosion to an offense, the way Darren “Crazylegs” Sproles has in San Diego.

The kid also logged over 1,400 return yards at UK, while scoring twice. It would be great to see Miami commit to a return specialist. This season we briefly signed 2009 Pro Bowl returner Clifton Smith, then cut him after seven attempts to make room for a 3rd tight end. The 2010 Dolphins ranked 22nd in the league in yards per kick return.

Locke recently posted on Twitter that he may be able to run a 4.2 flat. While we doubt that very highly, it will be interesting to see if he does clock in safely under 4.3. It would be nice to see that kind of speed clad in Dolphin colors. Not to mention, according to projections it might cost us only a 4th rounder to bring him to Davie.

GO DOLPHINS, and feel free to follow us on Twitter @thebottlenose

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One Response to “Dolphins Might Be Wise to Locke Up Kentucky Speedster”

  1. Dan Ewen February 18, 2011 at 9:30 am #

    Additional note re: Sproles. About 11,000 all purpose yards and 25 TDs in five seasons. He was drafted in the 4th.

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