At the moment, the Miami Dolphins only have five total draft picks in the 2023 NFL Draft, so they’re going to have to be very smart about how they use that reduced draft capital. When it comes to draft prospect Camerun Peoples, it seems the Dolphins have a player that would be ecstatic to join the franchise.
Peoples took part in this year’s edition of the Senior Bowl and spoke glowingly about the Dolphins as an organization.
“It’s a really good place,” he said. “I like the vibe they give off. They seem to really care about their players, smart organization. They know how to surround their players with talent. … Miami’s definitely a team that can be Super Bowl contenders.”
The Dolphins are definitely seen as a team that could look for an answer at the running back position later in the draft, and Peoples figures to be available in the later rounds.
According to Sports Illustrated, Peoples has a seventh-round draft grade. The Dolphins could decide to select him early with their sixth-round pick (that they received from the Chicago Bears) or with their own seventh-round pick.
When it comes to Peoples, he is definitely a bruising type. He measures in at 6-foot-2 and 225 pounds. Despite his size, Peoples feels that he can still surprise people with his speed and agility.
“Most guys probably don’t look at me as a shifty guy because of my size, but I do enough to make a guy miss, make a guy guess,” he said. “That’s good enough for me. I’m really good at getting to that end zone. I got a nose for that end zone.”
Though Peoples’ ability as a runner will certainly be a major factor when it comes to whether or not the Dolphins end up selecting him, his ability as a pass blocker could be just as crucial. Thanks to his big frame, he could definitely help the Dolphins on that front.
Improving the pass blocking will likely be a big goal for the team this offseason. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was simply hit far too many times last season, and his two concussions were direct results of that fact.
Beyond pass blocking, Peoples feels he can be an effective pass catcher as well.
“It’s definitely something that I have in my repertoire but I haven’t gotten to showcase much,” he said. “It’s something that I can definitely do.”
Fans will have to wait to see if the Dolphins select Peoples with one of their picks in the coming draft. Given the tailback’s stock, the team could even potentially wait to bring him on as an undrafted free agent. Wherever he ends up going, the Alabama native seems dedicated to making the most of the opportunity.
“I’m going to be grateful regardless,” he said. “Whoever gives me that chance, they’re going to get a winner out of me.”
Only time will tell if his next home is South Florida.