INDIANAPOLIS -- Along with identifying and drafting the franchise's next starting quarterback, the Miami Dolphins have another pressing matter to address for their offense to flourish under coach Brian Flores.
The Dolphins had the worst running game in the NFL last season. Derrick Henry, Nick Chubb, Christian McCaffrey, Ezekiel Elliott, Chris Carson and Lamar Jackson all had more rushing yards than Miami's 1,156 yards in 2019.
The encouraging news: The Dolphins have met with many of the top running backs in the 2020 draft class during the NFL scouting combine this week.
Now, it's just a matter of who and when the Dolphins will address the position in April's draft.
"You want somebody who's fast and breaks tackles, can block and he's got to protect," Flores said of the running back position. "Yeah, we're looking for all those things."
The Dolphins have met with Georgia's De'Andre Swift, Ohio State's J.K Dobbins, Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor, Florida State's Cam Akers and Utah's Zack Moss -- widely considered to be five of the best six running backs in the 2020 class.
They have also met with Florida's Lamical Perine, Miami's Deejay Dallas and A.J. Dillon, who starred at Flores' alma mater Boston College.
Dolphins running backs coach Eric Studesville has been instrumental in making first contact with the players, while they will get to meet Flores and general manager Chris Grier during formal meetings on Thursday.
"It was awesome meeting with the Miami Dolphins," said Taylor, a first-round talent who became the first running back in NCAA history to rush for more than 6,000 yards in three seasons, including two behind Dolphins left guard Michael Deiter.
"I think any time you get to meet a coach, it's a special thing because these are guys that are coaching teams and trying to win a championship," said Taylor. "You're meeting these guys and trying to let them know who you are."