RB Gillislee Second Gator Taken By Dolphins

Posted Apr 27, 2013

Miami uses the first of two fifth-round picks to get scat back.

An already young backfield for the Miami Dolphins just got a little younger, as they picked up University of Florida running back Mike Gillislee in the fourth round with the 164th overall pick.

Gillislee does not have a lot of mileage on his legs after sitting behind a strong stable of running backs with the Gators his first three years. Last year the 5-foot-11, 208-pound back rushed for 1,152 yards and 10 touchdowns on 244 carries, while also catching 16 passes for 159 yards.

“I feel like I am a complete back,” said Gillislee, who totaled 920 rushing yards in his first three seasons. “I feel like I can block, catch the ball and run the ball very well. I’m a good competitor and just being behind Chris Rainey I learned a lot. I’m just ready to play football.”

Miami got to see him both at the Senior Bowl and the NFL Scouting Combine and left a solid impression, running a 4.55 in the 40-yard dash. He was part of a highly productive offense in Gainesville and went up against some of the best defenses in the nation in the SEC.

The fact that Gillislee gets to stay in the Sunshine State is something that excites him, as well as being able to play for an organization steeped in tradition like the Dolphins.

“The Dolphins were always my favorite team,” he said. It was always a dream, and now my dream came true.”

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