Kenyan Drake
Kenyan Drake
25-Year-Old Running BackRB
Miami Dolphins
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Expected to step into a starting role in 2018, Drake instead saw fewer carries than he had the year before, as now-fired coach Adam Gase stuck the third-year back into a timeshare with the ageless Frank Gore. To be fair to Gase, Gore actually posted the higher YPC of the two, and the coach did deploy Drake much more often as a receiver, but the end result was barely 1,000 scrimmage yards for the Alabama product. Drake's big-play ability is unquestioned, and he possesses elite elusiveness and the speed to escape pursuers in the open field. Despite a frame that's a little narrower than the NFL ideal, he has yet to miss a game as a pro, likely due to the combination of his modest workload and the difficulty of laying a clean hit on him. With Gore in Buffalo and second-year back Kalen Ballage as his main competition, Drake once again seems poised for more work, but it remains to be seen whether new offensive coordinator Chad O'Shea - who spent a decade under Bill Belichick as the receivers coach and is accustomed to backfield committees - will commit to giving him 200-plus touches. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $3.38 million contract with the Dolphins in June of 2016.
Has support of position coach
RBMiami Dolphins
February 19, 2019
Running backs coach Eric Studesville said Drake never complained about his lack of carries (7.5 per game) during the 2018 season, Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald reports.
ANALYSIS
One of the few holdovers from the old coaching staff, Studesville said he doesn't want Drake to change his all-or-nothing running style -- something former head coach Adam Gase implied was a primary reason 35-year-old Frank Gore (foot) handled 11.1 carries per game. Gase does have a point that Drake was often stopped for a loss -- 15 percent of carries in 2018 -- but the 25-year-old made up for it with a plethora of big plays, ultimately averaging 4.5 yards per carry and 9.0 per catch with a team-high nine TDs on 173 touches (53 receptions). The new coaching staff would be wise to put the ball in Drake's hands more often, though Miami does have 2018 fourth-round pick Kalen Ballage to absorb some of the rushing volume if Gore moves on or has his role reduced. Studesville said he doesn't know if Gore will be offered another contract.
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How do Kenyan Drake's 2018 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
14.2%
 
Positive Run %
78.3%
 
% Yds After Contact
53.3%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.4
 
Rushing TD %
3.3%
 
Touches Per Game
10.8
 
% Snaps w/Touch
31.7%
 
Air Yards Per Game
10.0
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.29
 
% Team Air Yards
4.6%
 
% Team Targets
16.5%
 
Avg Depth of Target
2.3 Yds
 
Catch Rate
74.6%
 
Drop Rate
7.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
7.2
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Kenyan Drake's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 1"
 
Weight
211 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.45 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.21 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.04 sec
 
Vertical Jump
34.5 in
 
Broad Jump
123 in
 
Bench Press
10 reps
 
Hand Length
9.75 in
 
Arm Length
31.75 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2016
Drafted in the third round out of Alabama in 2016, Drake made his biggest impact as a rookie in the return game and entered last season stuck firmly behind Jay Ajayi on the depth chart. Coach Adam Gase liked what he saw, and when Ajayi was sent packing at the trade deadline, Drake finally got his chance to shine. Miami tried to keep his workload in check, but by Week 13 he was handling 20-plus carries per game without issue. He had 851 scrimmage yards in nine games after Ajayi's departure, including 594 yards over his final five once he fully locked down the lead role. Drake offers world-class elusiveness as a runner, and his 4.45 speed can turn even a small crease into a big play - skills he needed while working behind a banged-up offensive line. The Dolphins upgraded their interior line by swapping out Mike Pouncey for Josh Sitton, but they also restocked the depth chart behind Drake, signing Frank Gore and drafting Kalen Ballage in the fourth round. Drake's injury history in college does give Miami reason for concern with his workload, but despite Gase stating he wants to get Gore involved, it's difficult to envision the 13-year veteran wrenching a large number of touches from Drake.
A third-round pick out of Alabama last season, Drake didn't get much of a chance to contribute on offense after Jay Ajayi established a lock on the starting job. Drake has the physical attributes to be a threat, however, and his premium speed and explosiveness were on full display in 2016 as a kick returner, where Drake averaged over 30 yards per return with one touchdown. The Dolphins didn't make any significant additions to their RB depth chart in the offseason, so he should head into this season as Ajayi's top backup, but that assignment may not provide Drake with many more snaps than he got as a rookie. Ajayi is also a capable receiver, so despite his ability to turn any touch into a touchdown, Drake may have to settle for being a mere change-of-pace option for now.
Drake was a big play waiting to happen at Alabama, be it as a change-of-pace runner, a pass catcher or a return man. We love The Drake. His 95-yard kick return touch-down against Clemson was a big part of the Tide securing another championship. But how much of a workload can Drake realistically handle? He's just 210 pounds despite having a 6-foot-1 frame, and he battled major injuries (broken leg, broken arm) the last two seasons. The Dolphins would like Drake to get up to speed as quickly as possible, though the team's addition of Arian Foster could suppress Drake's short-term upside. Meanwhile, Jay Ajayi is unproven as a feature back, and after that it's just Damien Williams, Daniel Thomas, Isaiah Pead and Drake. A role awaits Drake, in any case, but he must re-prove his health after being slowed by hamstring issues this summer. How large said role might be hinges on how well the Foster experiment goes. Look for Drake to be a staple on kick returns (and perhaps punt returns) when the season begins, along with some spot work on offense. He was the third overall back taken in the draft (albeit in the third round), which tells you how Miami feels about him.
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Posts 16 touches in loss
RBMiami Dolphins
December 30, 2018
Drake rushed 11 times for 43 yards and caught all five of his targets for 52 yards during Sunday's 42-17 loss to the Bills.
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Another quiet game
RBMiami Dolphins
December 23, 2018
Drake rushed six times for 23 yards and caught four of five targets for 31 yards during Sunday's 17-7 loss to the Jaguars.
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Practicing without restriction
RBMiami Dolphins
December 19, 2018
Drake (shoulder) was a full participant at Wednesday's practice.
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Not limited by shoulder
RBMiami Dolphins
December 17, 2018
Coach Adam Gase confirmed that Drake's lingering shoulder injury had nothing to do with his lack of carries after Frank Gore (foot) was removed from Sunday's 41-17 loss to the Vikings, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.
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Quiet on heels of game-winner
RBMiami Dolphins
December 16, 2018
Drake (shoulder) rushed once for six yards and caught all three of his targets for 28 more in Sunday's 41-17 loss to Minnesota.
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