By Josh LiskiewitzThe Miami Dolphins were a wild card in the NFL Draft in 2018.
They had to take a quarterback in the first round.
This year they were going to take the best player available, E.j.
Gainers first-rounder, and it paid off.
Gaines, a 6-foot-7, 315-pounder, was an absolute beast on the field for the Seminoles last season.
He had 2,095 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns, and was the only true freshman to rush for at least 1,000 yards, catch more than 100 balls, and rush for over 200 yards.
He was the most consistent running back in the nation, and he made his mark on opposing defenses with his quickness and agility.
Gains first-team All-ACC honors, as well as All-Big Ten honors, his season was all about being an efficient runner.
His 1,922 rushing yards were fourth-most in the conference, and his 3.3 yards per carry were fourth in the country.
He led the ACC in rushing with 3,716 yards, and the nation in yards per attempt (8.7), total touchdowns (29), and yards per game (859).
His speed and quickness make him a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses, and while Gaines may not have a great arm, he’s not afraid to make a big play, as he did against Miami.
He ran for an incredible 65 yards on just two carries in the Miami win over Miami (Fla.) in Week 6.
His first touchdown came in the third quarter, and that was a key play in the game as the Dolphins struggled on third down.
Gain was able to find the end zone on a 4th-and-2 play.
The touchdown was his first of the season.
He finished with 656 yards rushing, scoring nine touchdowns, including two game-winning scores.
He averaged 10.9 yards per rushing attempt, while adding four receptions for 53 yards.
Gain scored on every single second-down run, and added a touchdown on a fourth-and 10 play.
His first score came on a 1st-and -11 play, and Miami ran out the clock with no timeouts.
Miami lost to Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship Game.
He finished with 1,788 yards rushing on just 3.5 yards per rush, and had four touchdowns on 17 carries, all in the second half.
Gaining had a solid freshman season.
There are many who think he was a bust, but he was an elite athlete, and as we saw in the bowl game, he was able do damage when he was in the right place at the right time.
He would be a steal in the draft if he goes in the top five.