Getting To Know Our Rookies: Gerrid Doaks


Gerrid Doaks Needs to Be a Household Name - Down The Drive
No. 23 – Miami Dolphins
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born:June 9, 1998 (age 23)
Indianapolis, Indiana
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:228 lb (103 kg)
Career information
High school:Lawrence Central
(Indianapolis, IN)
College:Cincinnati
NFL Draft:2021 / Round: 7 / Pick: 244
Career history
Miami Dolphins (2021–present)
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
First-team All-AAC (2020)

NFL Draft Profile

Player Bio

Doaks led the Bearcats in rushing twice over the past four seasons, first as a redshirt freshman in 2017 (87-513-5.9, two TDs; also 14-135-9.6, one TD receiving in nine games with four starts). He missed the following year due to a preseason sports hernia injury, however, and then contributed as a backup in 12 contests in 2018 (100-526-5.3, five TDs rushing; 8-70-8.8, one TD receiving). Doaks again topped the squad in rushing as a senior in 2020, covering 673 yards and scoring seven touchdowns on 144 carries (4.7 per) and catching 14 passes for 202 yards (14.4 per) and two touchdowns in nine starts. A leg injury suffered in the AAC Championship Game prevented the Indianapolis product from playing in the team’s bowl game.

Overview

Pro size with broad, thickly built lower half. Doaks can be a physical runner when he wants to be, but there are times when he gears down rather than imposing his will into contact. He lacks foot quickness and the desired field vision to find pathways and yardage on his own, so power will need to become his calling card. He looks more comfortable lining up behind the quarterback and attacking the flanks, where he has longer to process the defense and can get his momentum building. He does just enough out of the backfield and has decent pass pro potential. He might go undrafted but has enough going for him to get a look.

Strengths

  • Broad lower body with thick legs.
  • Productivity hurt by inconsistent blocking at times.
  • Gets his speed up when hitting the outside carry.
  • Good forward lean and lowered pads as finisher.
  • Size and strength to pinball off tacklers when he’s cranked up.
  • Improved in 2020 at keeping his feet moving through contact.
  • Puts pepper into his chip blocks and blitz pickups.

Weaknesses

  • Not very quick out of his stance.
  • Blurry field vision in reading the defensive front.
  • Lethargic feet slow jump-cuts and lateral movements.
  • Doesn’t show much savvy getting through lanes cleanly.
  • Won’t wiggle enough to elude tacklers.
  • Fumbling issues need to be corrected.
  • Pass-catching can be a labor for him.

TDS Take:

I once again was extremely disappointed that the Dolphins waited until the 7th round to address the RB position as I made it perfectly clear that I wanted Miami to use one of their first-round picks, pick #18 on RB Najee Harris. With that being the case I am never disappointed in the actual players they draft and that holds true for Gerrid Doaks and hopefully, he will have a better career than the back out of Alabama that I wanted Miami to draft.

Welcome to Miami!

Gerrid Doaks

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