A third-round NFL Draft pick, Achane is a wild card this season for the Dolphins and Fantasy managers. At Texas A&M, Achane had a productive 2022 with 196 carries for 1,102 yards and eight touchdowns, along with 36 catches for 196 yards and three touchdowns. He brings more speed to Miami after running a 4.32-second 40-yard dash at the combine. He's small at 5-foot-9 and 188 pounds, but he might end up as the best running back for the Dolphins ahead of Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson. It's a crowded backfield and we'll see what happens in training camp, but Achane might be the preferred option for coach Mike McDaniel. Fantasy managers should target Achane first of the Dolphins backfield in redraft leagues, but Round 7 is the earliest to select him in all formats. In rookie-only drafts, Achane is worth selecting as a late first-round pick, and he has plenty of upside in this offense.
Achane landed in Round 3 because of his game-breaking speed. That trait turned up routinely at Texas A&M.
But the question in Miami is simple: How much will a 188-pound frame limit his workload?
Miami re-signed Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson over the offseason, so it’s tough to anticipate big volume for the rookie.
Still, Achane’s dynamic ability – including in the receiving game – makes him an intriguing stash.
What We Learned Last YearAchane broke out at Texas A&M as a 2021 sophomore (130-910 rushing; 24-261 receiving, plus 10 total scores).In 2022, he was the only Power 5 player to score as a rusher, receiver, and return man. Versatility is a huge plus here.He missed a pair of games in 2022 (foot). But the former track star still set personal bests in carries, yards, and receptions.Achane tallied 18 runs of 15+ yards last year. That rate (1 every 10.8 rushes) topped that of Texas star Bijan Robinson (1 every 12.2 rushes).Achane exits college with a big 6.4 yards per carry.He caught 65 passes in college and profiles as one of the best receiving backs in the ‘23 class.What to Expect in 2023Miami used the 84th overall pick on Achane, despite holding only five total picks in the 2023 draft.Post-draft, McDaniel lauded Achane’s speed and called him a strong fit. He was clearly a McDaniel pick, given his desire for speed.The Dolphins retained Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson on 2-year deals. Both guys signed modest deals, though, with less than $2.7 million guaranteed. That duo largely split carries last season. With Mostert at 31 and Wilson at 28 (in November), we’ve likely seen their best NFL work.NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah comped Achane to Nyheim Hines, saying the 22-year-old (in October) is best on screens and draws.Colleague Lance Zierlein comped Achane to former Jets scatback Leon Washington, cementing a belief from league observers that workloads won’t be heavy for the rookie.Still, Achene landed in perhaps the best situation (for scheme + opportunity) alongside McDaniel. In his first season at the controls, the ‘22 Dolphins ranked 6th in yards per game; 2nd in yards per play. Creative usage in the receiving game will be key. Achane’s size is one factor. But Miami also ranked 25th in run rate last year; 31st in total rushes.
Achane was selected in the third round of April's draft. The Texas A&M product's 5-foot-8, 188-pound frame is a major road block to his outlook and fantasy upside (especially considering his pedestrian elusiveness metrics), but he does have elite speed (4.36 40-yard dash), which allowed him a 10-plus-yard rush on 20% of his collegiate carries (third highest in this year's rookie class). Achane will need to be a force in the passing game and while he caught 60 passes during his final two collegiate seasons, his 4.1 YPT on 48 targets in 2022 was about as bad as it gets. Achane will hit for explosive plays, but his size will limit him to situational work behind Jeff Wilson Jr. and Raheem Mostert. The rookie is barely worth a late-round flier.