Lamar Miller thought he'd be a first-round pick, second-round at worst.
Then the draft came. And the first round passed. And the second round passed. And the third round passed and Lamar Miller was not picked.
Finally, the somebody within the Dolpins organization must have seen the crosstown kid still on the board in the fourth round and said, 'Hey, this kid's fast and solid. Let's get him!"
And so the Dolphin traded up to the pick No. 97 -- giving up No. 103, No. 168 and a sixth-round pick next year. In other words, the Dolphins gave up two sixth-round picks to get a promising playmaker.
Why do I love this pick? Because Reggie Bush, outstanding as he was last season in gaining over 1,000 yards, is unsigned after this season. And, given his history, this is a solid defense against Bush getting hurt.
So the Dolphins will have someone in wating if the Bush thing doesn't work out this year. Miller also can return kicks and punts.
Miller dropped, supposedly, because teams had issues with his shoulder injury and how that affected his running.
"There's no regret," Miller said. "I just thank God. It's a blessing just to get the opportunity to play in the NFL. Getting a chance to play in my hometown and getting a chance to play in a Super Bowl is a blessing. I don't regret anything."
Got to like Miller's optimism about the Super Bowl thing.