Miami Dolphins: A Draft History in Slides
Is there any history like that of the Miami Dolphins? We are not counting the Steelers playoff run this year, the winningest franchise in NFL history, and the only team to survive a full season and playoffs and not lose a single game.
Though many a Jet and Patriot may never agree with us, they have to give some respect to a team that had one of the great coaches and great QB's of all time.
While draft day approaches and these Dolphins look for a Cornerback, we look back at 10 of the great (and not-so great) histories of the Dolphins Draft Days of long past.
So with No. 10...
10. Yatil Green
Does this bring back memories? MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA
The knee haunts your nightmares, the goddamn knee! BOO!
But for No. 10, I have to place one of our most famed Draft Busts, Yatil Green.
Sure he was talented and all, but the KNEE, the KNEE
Yatil Green and his knee...that is catchy but beyond the point.
These are draft memories, and this memory is not one to waste.
9. The Last Pick of 1973
Sorry but this one is kind of funny, too. It's not every day you trade your pick, which turns out to be a Hall of Fame O-lineman. Especially if that O-lineman was selected by a divisional rival in Buffalo.
Joe DeLamielleure was elected to the Hall in Miami's traded pick, sorry I just had to for No. 9.
8. The Ricky Williams Trade
Soon we would have wound up here.
The Ricky Williams trade. We traded two draft picks for Ricky Williams, who although a blessing to a franchise has been well a bit of a double-edged sword when you think of the drugs and issues off the field and...
Well, back to the picks ...
...with Jamar Fletcher kind of being a bust...more on him later...
... and running backs here who were available in 2002 ...
Lito Sheppard, Clinton Portis, Andre Gurode
and in 2003?
Willis McGahee, Nimadi Ash., Anquan Boldin, Osi U., Lance Briggs, Jason Witten...this list can go on (At least is one below Troy Pal, or this would be baaaaad)
7. Jamar Fletcher
One pick to forget about, huh?
A player who has no information whatsoever other than being, a No. 1 draft choice.
He is still in the league sure, but in the draft where we passed on so many people (more on 2001 later) this just takes the cake as bad, sure we needed a CB, but with all the players we lost, and...
... the fact that we would not have two draft picks after this, it is safe to say this was one poor stache choice.
When I see 2001, I think I want to cry a little bit inside. It's just so bad, that I feel a piece of me die a little when I look at the board.
This is who was picked in 2001 (Who are pretty much HOF material and many can argue it's one of the great Draft Classes ever)
wait it gets better
Those three which we could have gotten but passed on. Oh, and TJ Houz. and Antonio Pierce later in the draft. These are just some of the many many people in 2001 who where there and which many we passed.
What happened to Miami in 2001? No one is on the team from back then. We passed on Steve Smith, Drew Brees, and Reggie Wayne, even hometown Chad Ocho Cinco.
Yep Jamar Fletcher should be a massive bust for how he threw Miami back, and this year is the reason why we loathe Dave so.
5. Rick Norton
Yep, Rick Norton had no picture, joy. SOOOO I'll keep this brief, he was the first pick ever made by the Miami Dolphins (that was not picked off by the NFL) and well he had a very forgettable career until the golden boy who created our franchise came after the merger.
4. Bob Griese
Yep, after the Norton thing and such, we selected Bob Griese.
Let me tell you about Bob, he basically made the Dolphins his own playing his full career down here which led to his induction in 1990 to the HOF and added to that he helped maneuver what would be a wonderful year of 1972 and would lead us to the promised land again in 1973.
Yeah, well, this man could only be followed by a future Hall of Famer. The anchor of the Dolphins in the 1990's...
3. Richmond Webb
As an anchor for our team for 10 years, he made seven straight Pro Bowls from the year he was drafted (which included being All-Pro that year) and would be one of our most premier offensive lineman.
But I am cutting your time aren't I, so for No. 2...
2. The Year of the Back
In 1968 Miami drafted both Larry and Jim.
These two, with Mercury Morris, would create an almost unstoppable backfield which would torment teams for the better part of the 1970's.
But still that pales to No. 1...
Okay, 2001 makes us want to puke, but what about 1983?
This was a fantastic year. Miraculously (especially in the failure of the Jets and Steelers who would suffer from this), we got Dan Marino in one of the legendary draft classes.
Then later, we got Reggie Roby, who would become one of the great punters of NFL history, and Mark Clayton, who made the Marks Brothers, one of the most dangerous receiver duos in NFL history.
Even another Pro Bowler came in Anthony Carter, which had ESPN dub this class one of the best in NFL history.
Which is where we leave off Miami, one of the best franchises with its finest classes of men.