Miami Dolphins: Reviewing the 2002 NFL Draft for the Franchise

Randy ChambersAnalyst IAugust 1, 2011

Miami Dolphins: Reviewing the 2002 NFL Draft for the Franchise

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    HOUSTON -OCTOBER 1:  Randy McMichael #81 of the Miami Dolphins carries the ball during the game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on October 1, 2006 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    The Miami Dolphins are known for there long and successful history that goes back to the 1970s.

    In 2002 Dave Wannstedt was in his second season coaching the team. The Miami Dolphins went into the draft with five draft picks.

    I will be grading each pick based on the players overall performance in a Dolphins uniform and their overall NFL performance.

    Here are the grades for the 2002 Miami Dolphins draft.

Seth McKinney: 3rd Round, Pick 90

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    BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 30:  Seth McKinney #68 of the Miami Dolphins sits on the sideline after cutting his chin during a game against  the New Orleans Saints at Tiger Stadium on the Louisiana State University campus in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on October
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    Years with the Dolphins: Four

    Years in the league: Seven

    Stats as a Dolphin: 61 games played and two fumble recoveries

    Accomplishments: None

    McKinney was a decent offensive lineman his four seasons for Miami until having to undergo neck surgery in 2006. He then went on to play two more seasons for the Cleveland Browns and one for the Buffalo Bills.

    Grade with the Dolphins: C

    Overall NFL grade: D

Randy McMichael: 4th Round, Pick 114

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    Randy McMichael of the Miami Dolphins during a game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on September 7, 2006. The Steelers won 28-17.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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    Years with the Dolphins: Five

    Years in the league: Nine and active

    Stats as a Dolphin: 80 games played, 283 receptions, 3,096 receiving yards, and 18 receiving touchdowns

    Accomplishments: None

    McMichael holds the Dolphins rookie tight end record for touchdown receptions with four. In 2003 he finished fourth in tight ends with 598 receiving yards. He is also ranked first all-time for Dolphins tight ends for receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns. Unfortunately ever since he left Miami in 2006 he has not been nearly as good on any other team he's played on.

    Grade with the Dolphins: B

    Overall NFL grade: C

Omare Lowe: 5th Round, Pick 161

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    ATLANTA - OCTOBER 22: Omare Lowe #26 of the Atlanta Falcons moves on the field during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on October 22, 2006 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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    Years with the Dolphins: One

    Years in the league: Six

    Stats with the Dolphins: One game played

    Accomplishments: None

    Lowe was an NFL journeyman playing for several different teams but only starting one game in his entire career. He only played in one game for the Miami Dolphins before being cut.

    Grade with the Dolphins: F

    Overall NFL grade: F

Sam Simmons: 5th Round, Pick 170

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    Miami Dolphins wide receiver Sam Simmons grabs a warm-up pass   September 7, 2003 at Pro Player Stadium, Miami, Florida. The  Houston Texans defeated the Dolphins 21 - 20 to open the NFL football season.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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    Years with the Dolphins: One

    Years in the league: One

    Stats as a Dolphin: 11 games played and 164 return yards

    Accomplishments: None

    Simmons was drafted as a wide receiver but for the 11 games he played in he was used as a return specialist. Contributed almost nothing to this team and that's the reason he gets the same grade as Omare Lowe.

    Grade with the Dolphins: F

    Overall NFL grade: F

Leonard Henry: 7th Round, Pick 241

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    MIAMI - OCTOBER 3:  Runningback Leonard Henry #26 of the Miami Dolphins is nearly tackled by the New York Jets during the game at Pro Player Stadium on October  3, 2004 in Miami, Florida. The Jets won 17-9.  (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images)
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    Years with the Dolphins: One

    Years in the league: One

    Stats as a Dolphin: Six games played and 141 rushing yards

    Accomplishments: None

    Henry was drafted in the seventh round so I can't be too hard on him but other than having 41 career attempts in four games, he didn't do much.

    Grade with the Dolphins: D

    Overall NFL grade: D

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    The first two players selected were solid contributors to the Dolphins. But the last three selections played a total of 18 combined games. Randy McMichael was a great player for Miami and could have kept producing for them rather than being released in 2007.

    This is definitely one of those drafts you can blame on Dave Wannstedt and company.

    Overall draft Grade: D

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