The Miami Dolphins have been one of the worst drafting teams in the NFL over the past decade. When you look at the Dolphins' past trends, the advertised potential picks, and the NFL’s recent draft history, there are some serious considerations to be aware of concerning the team's recent first-round choices.
The Dolphins have traditionally done their heavy-lifting through trades and free agency.
Ricky Williams. Joey Porter. Karlos Dansby. Brandon Marshall.
That’s what has made this team tick—but this offseason’s recent failures have fans clinging to the 2012 NFL draft, which would be a change of culture in Miami.
Since 2002, Miami has drafted 74 players. Of those 74, only four have been to a Pro Bowl (Yeremiah Bell, Ronnie Brown, Jake Long, and Paul Soliai). In that 10-year time span, those four appearances are tied for the fourth-worst in the NFL along with Washington. The teams below Miami are Tampa Bay, St. Louis, Oakland, and Detroit (very bad company to be with).
Presently, the biggest issue plaguing Miami is what to do with their most important pick since 2008. The best options to address team needs are a reach at the eighth-overall spot, but drafting value won't make the Dolphins any more competitive next season.
Regardless, let’s examine some of the options available to Miami.