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The best and worst Dolphin drafts of all time

Discussion in 'Miami Dolphins Forum' started by Paul 13, May 7, 2012.

  1. Paul 13

    Paul 13 Chaotic Neutral & Unstable Genius Staff Member

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    simple... which draft was the best... which draft was the worst of all time? I have left off the 2012 draft on purpose. :tongue2:

    Of course the 1983 draft that netted Marino, Roby, Clayton and then Anthony Carter in the 12th round is a front runner. But we also drafted Mike Charles and Charles Benson in the 2nd and 3rd rounds. Never was a fan of either player. Looking at those 80's drafts... our failure rate on defensive linemen is absurd.

     
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  2. BlameItOnTheHenne

    BlameItOnTheHenne Taking a poop

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    Brandon Fields saved that 2007 draft. LMAO
     
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  3. MonstBlitz

    MonstBlitz Nobody's Fart Catcher

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    2006 was a real smell.
     
  4. BlameItOnTheHenne

    BlameItOnTheHenne Taking a poop

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    The Saban drafts may be WOAT.
     
  5. byroan

    byroan Giggity Staff Member Administrator Luxury Box

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    Soliai was in that draft.

    Outside of the #1 pick in the draft, 2008 was bad. 2003 and 2000 were bad as well. You have to get more than 1 decent player out of a draft.
     
  6. jw3102

    jw3102 season ticket holder

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    The 1967-1970 drafts were the most productive drafts in Dolphin history. The core players on the Dolphin teams which went to three straight SB's, winning two of them were selected in these drafts or were picked up in free agency during this time period.

    On the reverse side of things, the Dolphins have been terrible on draft days since 1999. The lack of quality starters drafted in the last dozen years is the reason the Dolphins have done so poorly over this time period. There has been only pro bowl quality player drafted over this entire period and that has been, Jake Long. I would have to say that the worst draft of all these dozen years was 2006. Jason Allen never was able to become a productive starter for the Dolphins as their first round draft selection and no other player from that draft ever contributed in a positive manner to the Dolphin team on the playing field.
     
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  7. Ohio Fanatic

    Ohio Fanatic Oh, Oh, Oh Fitzmagic Club Member

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    easy to just immediately cut to 96/97 before you even start reading for "best draft" nothing after that is really worth very much.

    and how god-awful was the 95 draft? Billy-friggin-Milner. I remember Dolphin digest that summer. they thought they were getting another Richmond Webb/Sims combo.
     
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  8. Jcouch1021

    Jcouch1021 New Member

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    Wow, looking at them all our drafts in the past decade just depressed me...
     
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  9. HardKoreXXX

    HardKoreXXX Insensitive to the Touch

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    2008 was bad. When you're picking at the top of each round, and have essentially 2 first Round picks, you need more than one starter from that draft. We have 1 guy left on the team from that draft. Horrible.

    Then again, most of the drafts the last 10 years have been pretty poor.
     
  10. Aquafin

    Aquafin New Member

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    WITHOUT A DOUBT THE 2003 , 2004 , 2006 , 2008 AND 2009 ARE THE LEAT APEALLING TO ME AND ONLY ONE PLAYER IN THE 2002 DRAFT has made a impact and he is in San Diegoas the # 2 tightend . nobody in 04 or 06 stand out to me.
     
  11. padre31

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    To be balanced, Langford played well for us and left due the $$$ not the usual "quietly waived" status ala Jason Allen or Matt Roth
     
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  12. MrClean

    MrClean Inglourious Basterd Club Member

    Where did you get this? It doesn't look correct to me.
    The Dolphins first draft pick in 1966 in the days before the common draft, was Jim Grabowski. He signed with the Packers, who also drafted him in the NFL draft, as opposed to the AFL draft that we took him in.

    Here is the complete 1966 draft for Miami and as I suspected we never ever drafted Jon Brittenum.

    http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/mia/1966_draft.htm

    EDIT: I stand partially corrected. As the link shows Miami did not draft Brittenum and a couple of those other players in the regular 1966 draft. However I had forgotten that for two years, 1965 and 66, the AFL held what was called the Redshirt Draft, which allowed them to draft college redshirts while they still were playing. That's how we got Jack Clancy, who was the first really good wide receiver we ever had. Miami participated in only the 66 Redshirt Draft, and here are the players they took. Brittenum was an 8th rounder, but in his rookie season of 1968 he only ever played for the Chargers.

    Miami Dolphins
    1. Roderick, John, E, SMU
    2. Fulford, Harold, E, Auburn
    3. Clancy, Jack, E, Michigan
    4. Mankins, Jim, FB, Florida
    5. Greenlee, Fritz, E, Arizona
    6. Darnell, Bill, DB, North Carolina
    7. Williams, Don, DT, Wofford
    8. Brittenum, Jon, QB, Arkansas
    9. Baynham, Craig, E, Georgia Tech
    10. Winkler, Randy, T, Tarleton State
    11. Anderson, Kai, C, Illinois
     
  13. bakedmatt

    bakedmatt Well-Known Member

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    1995. Lol.
     
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  14. MonstBlitz

    MonstBlitz Nobody's Fart Catcher

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    It's also sad to know that even if this latest draft by Ireland was a good one, a very good percentage of these guys we are all so high on right now will be nothing more than names on a list just like so many of these after a few years.
     
  15. GridIronKing34

    GridIronKing34 Silently Judging You Club Member

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    Go look back at any other GM's drafts and you'll see the same thing.
     
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  16. Daben

    Daben Season Ticket Holder Club Member

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    Lots of horrible drafts. I would offer an extra detail tho, most influential single pick. We take Thurman Thomas instead of Eric Kumerow in 1988 and the Dolphins vs Bills dynamic of the following decade is turned on its head.

    If i get my hands on a time machine I'm changing the name handed in right there, before going back further in time to watch the Dock Ellis LSD no hitter. Only then do I worry about lottery numbers etc.
     
  17. Ohio Fanatic

    Ohio Fanatic Oh, Oh, Oh Fitzmagic Club Member

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    yes, but then we have no Kumerow! unthinkable.
     
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  18. Daben

    Daben Season Ticket Holder Club Member

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    Nobody ever really has Kumerow, Kumerow is beyond being aligned with a single team. There is only Kumerow. So whether we select Kumerow or not, we are all Kumerow and nobody is Kumerow, and forever Kumerow. All hail the Kumerow.
     
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  19. gunn34

    gunn34 I miss Don & Dan

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    I think the 72 and 73 drafts were the worst.
     
  20. Paul 13

    Paul 13 Chaotic Neutral & Unstable Genius Staff Member

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    I took it straight from the nfl.com website... under history. I guess there is a reason they didn't list a pick # next to each name for 1966. They didn't have computers back then... :shifty:
     
  21. Paul 13

    Paul 13 Chaotic Neutral & Unstable Genius Staff Member

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    I was going to get into the whole comparison of who we could have taken, but that is so subjective. One pick changes, and the whole course of events changes after that pick. It's like a course correction within multiple parallel universes. The time space continuum would cease to exist.
     
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    Paul 13 Chaotic Neutral & Unstable Genius Staff Member

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    Eddie Blake is relieved.
     
  23. Zeke0123

    Zeke0123 message board ******* Club Member

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    the 84 draft looks the worst to me.
     
  24. dolfan22

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    Earthquake Eddie Blake got in to some big trouble up here. Ran into him a few times and he was a fun guy to be sure ... he backed up his escalade when he blew through a stop sign and turned in front of me , I was in a convertible and called out , 'what are you doing earthquake?" as I recognized him ... he backed up and good naturedly wanted to know how I knew he was "earthquake" which led to the dolphin connection. He was a good guy but a bad guy , unfortunately.
     
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  25. PhinPhanatic

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    OMG that is depressing. The mid 90s through 2010 or so are attrocious (sp) a few gems aside. The side shines on a dogs *** every once in a while.
     
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    Saban is often reviled for tucking his tail between his legs and quitting, but his personnel decisions were the most damaging to the team by far. The 2006 draft is right up there for worst of all time, and the 2005 draft is not much better.
     
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  27. Paul 13

    Paul 13 Chaotic Neutral & Unstable Genius Staff Member

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    Kinda makes you wonder what would have happened had he chosen Brees instead of Culpepper. It's not a sure thing that the Dolphins wouldn't be in the position they are currently in.
     
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    Who knows? Having an all-world QB covers for a lot of deficiencies. It certainly would have been the only good move he made. I think he did a fair to good job coaching the talent he had, but his personnel decisions sucked and they sank him in the end.
     
  29. Finfangirl

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    Best Name for a Dolphin Drafted : Uwe von Schamman
     
  30. Aquafin

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    this is why i amalways harping on taking the best player avilable innstead of taking just for need and i am convinced that this is why our drafts are so dull and predictable.

    the question I have is why on earth did Dave take inemen Seth McKinney , Wade Smith and the other kid ? those linemen gave offensive linemen a bad name

    taking Pat White was pretty stupid but the killer for me is linebacker Eddie freaking Moore I'm still having nightmares over that pick
     
  31. VanDolPhan

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    Really? Best LT in the game despite last years injury woes, Kendall Langford who only isn't here because of $$$'s. St Louis got a Randy Starks type signing there. Plus we also got Davone Bess/Dan Carpenter out of undrafted and stole Nate Garner (7th rounder) off waivers when the Jets tried to sneak him to the practice squad. So 3 starters and 2 spot starters/valuable depth out of that draft.
     
  32. MonstBlitz

    MonstBlitz Nobody's Fart Catcher

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    Exactly my point. It wasn't a shot at Ireland. Even the best draft classes by a team almost always are half misses. It's just sad to know some of these kids that we're all reading about, learning about, watching, hearing interviews, etc. aren't going to make it.
     
  33. MrClean

    MrClean Inglourious Basterd Club Member

    For a draft that was very good at identifying NFL talent throughout, the 1993 class was very good. Even if not all of it was for the benefit of the Dolphins.
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    1 25 O.J. McDuffie WR Penn State: We all know or should know how he did for Miami. 116 games played and 415 catches.
    3 78 Terry Kirby RB Virginia: Kirby managed to play ten seasons, 110 games, with 4 teams and had over 6k total yards.
    4 105 Ronnie Bradford CB Colorado: He never played for us and I do not recall why, but he lasted ten yrs and started 100 games and played 133 in the NFL, and has been coaching ever since.
    5 132 Chris Gray G Auburn: He played 230 games and 15 yrs in the league, though mostly with Seattle. A solid player we let get away far too soon.
    6 164 Robert O'Neal FS Clemson: He was the least successful, only lasting 2 seasons with 2 games played, but he was a well regarded player leading up to the draft. He also never played with Miami.
    7 191 David Merritt LB North Carolina State: He played 38 games in 3 seasons, got into coaching in 1997 and has been the NY Giants DBs coach since 2004.
    8 218 Dwayne Gordon LB New Hampshire: He played 8 seasons and 113 games with 3 teams, though never with Miami.
    I guess this draft would be called bittersweet. We drafted solid talent with NFL ability throughout, though other than OJ McDuffie, and for a short time Kirby, the rest of them turned out to benefit other teams.
    I'd bet if you added up total games played for this class and divided it by the number of players, few if any of our drafts had a higher ratio of games played per draft pick than this one.
     
  34. Alex44

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    I'm calling BS on the LSD no hitter. I believe he took LSD that day, but the way he describes it is a bit unrealistic. A good/great acid trip length wise is 6-10 hours. However visual effects usually wear of halfway or less through the trip. So if the game started at 6:05 I have a hard time believing he was still having the visual effects he described. It would have to be some SERIOUSLY potent stuff.
     
  35. 2006 was hideous.


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  36. It's also really pathetic how bad the drafts were when Marino was there, they couldn't draft a decent RB in all those years? They did get some nice OL and defensive players though.


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  37. MAFishFan

    MAFishFan Team Tannehill

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    This one kills me
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    1 7 Troy Vincent CB Wisconsin
    1 12 Marco Coleman DE Georgia Tech
    2 43 Eddie Blake NT Auburn
    3 70 Larry Webster DE Maryland
    4 97 Dwight Hollier ILB North Carolina
    5 124 Chris Perez -- Kansas
    6 155 Roosevelt Collins LB Texas Christian
    7 191 Dave Moore TE Pittsburgh
    8 209 Andre Powell LB Penn State
    9 236 Tony Tellington -- Youngstown State
    10 267 Raoul Spears -- USC
    11 294 Lee Miles -- Baylor
    11 296 Mark Barsotti -- Fresno State
    12 321 Milton Biggins -- Western Kentucky
    12 328 Kameno Bell -- Illinois

    Not being able to hold onto Vincent and Coleman sucked. And the post Marino drafts, good lord. It's funny to look back on them. Saban and Wanny and Tuna get killed for their drafts, but it's not like Miami was hitting home runs before them. One "SERVICABLE" runningback and a LB that could cover a RB. That's all it would have taken. That was a depressing exercise. Cross was a steal that late in the draft though.
     

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