NFL Draft 2011: Can the Draft Help Dolphins Stay Committed to Running the Ball?

Christopher HowlandCorrespondent IIIMarch 24, 2011

JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 13:  Head coach Tony Sparano of the Miami Dolphins yells during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on December 13, 2009 in Jacksonville, Florida.  The Dolpnins won 14-10. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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“We’re going to continue to run the ball because that’s my nature,” Coach Tony Sparano recently told reporters at an annual NFL meeting.

So if the Dolphins will primarily focus their offensive attention on the running attack, whom will the production come from?

Currently, they have only Lex Hilliard, Patrick Cobbs and Kory Sheets under contract and under the RB section of their depth chart.

That leaves out two of the most productive runners in the Dolphins' game, Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams.

As Sparano continues to lecture that change is coming at the running back position, he leaves out the very two most important pieces of our running game.

“I don’t want to talk too much about those two guys not under contract right now,” Sparano admitted.

So without the two best runners, where can we find this change?

“When I say one way or the other, obviously that’s through the draft or free agency that we address it [the need at RB],” Sparano continued.

Change is coming to Miami and the only real way to acquire a franchise runner like a Ricky Williams or a Ronnie Brown would be through the draft.

Talk has been going on for months now that the Dolphins will select Alabama’s Mark Ingram with their No. 15 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

While this looks good on paper, the Dolphins will also need to bring in a complimentary back to go with Ingram’s hard-nosed, tough game.

Names like Joseph Addai, DeAngelo Williams and Darren Sproles have been tossed around by the Dolphins and their fans, but nothing short of just talk have accumulated.

Sparano realizes this when stating, “ I would like those two guys to complement each other a little differently in the big picture, but you don’t always have that luxury… and we don’t hold those pieces right now.”

So as Sparano and the Dolphin front office continue to delegate this run-first mentality, we can only ask where the help will come from.

Yes, the draft can answer many of these questions, but more is needed to create a better team and to keep fans excited for ‘Fin football.