The Miami Dolphins are one of many teams working through their offseason programs, and a former Aggie is making noise for all the right reasons.
The Dolphins’ 2023 rookie minicamp ran from May 12-14, and one of the many names observers had their eyes on was third-round selection De’Von Achane. The former Texas A&M tailback made waves with the fastest 40-yard dash time recorded of any back at this year’s NFL combine (4.32), but that wasn’t the only tangible which sparked conversation.
Achane was listed at 5-9 and 188 lbs heading into the draft, which likely factored in him slipping to the third round. As the fifth overall running back selected, teams likely had qualms about his ability to play multiple downs.
But if observations from the Dolphins’ rookie minicamp are any indication, Achane is ready to put those worries to bed.
According to the Miami Herald’s Daniel Oyefusi, Achane has bulked up to 192 pounds as he prepares for the 2023 season:
“I always knew that I could gain weight…I just didn’t have the full offseason to gain weight because obviously, I was doing track. This is my first year not doing track, so I actually had the whole off-season to work out and be in football shape. So it kind of helped me with that.
I’m a much smaller back than usual…I’m shorter. The line is big, so it’s kind of hard for them to see … it’s hard for them to tackle me as well because big guys, it’s kind of hard to tackle small guys.”
For the skeptics who question whether Achane can play multiple downs at the next level, he was quick to highlight his versatility:
“I’m great on special teams, I can catch the ball out of the backfield, I have very good hands, I can line up at receiver…So I can do more than just play running back. So I feel like that’s what makes me different.”
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