Lessons Learned from Miami Dolphins Drafts

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Brandon Marshall:


–        Miami Dolphins traded 2011 2nd rounder and 2010 2nd rounder

–        Denver Broncos traded Brandon Marshall

This trade was amazing, and given the chance, I would make this trade over and over again. There isn’t a player in this draft or last year’s draft that could even compare to the production of Brandon Marshall.  Yes, Jones and Green look great on paper, but how many NFL games have they played? And unless we trade up we don’t have a chance of grabbing these two top WR prospects.   

No regrets

Jamar Fletcher

Draft: 26th Overall in the 2001 NFL draft

We need to go back all the way to the beginning on this one.  Flash back to Sam Madison and Patrick Surtain, our elite cornerback duos that we recently just signed to six and five year contract extensions, now with our first overall pick, our head coach at the time, decides to draft based on our strongest positions….why? What QB was still on the board that might have helped developed into a MVP, Superbowl winner…….his name Drew Brees.

Dave Wannstedt, this wasn’t your only mistakes as the head coach of our team, but it ranks right up there with what the hell were you thinking. But don’t feel too bad, another coach, whose statue just went up, also decided to pass on Brees….Ironically both of these coaches are out of the NFL….hmmm wonder why?

Wasted 2nd round picks for a QB

Trade 2004:

  • Miami Dolphins obtain A.J. Feeley
  • Philly obtain 2004 2nd round pick selected Reggie Brown

 Trade 2006:

  • Miami Dolphins obtain Duante Culpepper
  • Vikings obtain 2005 2nd round pick selected Ryan Cook

 Draft 2007:

  • Miami Dolphins select John Beck; 40th overall

 Draft 2009:

  • Miami Dolphins select Pat White; 44th overall


In 2004 our front office decided that Feeley would be our QB of the future based on what? I am still trying to figure out what exactly our front office saw in this former third stringer QB, that would merit a 2nd round selection.
In 2006, we decided once again to pass on Brees and send a 2nd rounder to the Vikings for an injured, but former MVP.  Culpeper never lived up to our expectations and himself never regained his mobility that made him an elite player in this league.
IN 2007 and 2009 our front office decided to take a chance on two players that would develop into our system and be key players involved in our future plans.  Unfortunately based on results on the field we noticed that both prospects couldn’t handle the NFL game, and were released from our team.

Wasted draft picks have led to the hinder development of prospects within our Miami Dolphins system.  As other teams that have made stronger development in the league, these wasted picks have once again frozen the development of our team to make the next step in becoming and restoring our elite culture.

So which one do you think hurts the most? Or is there another one on the list that should be added?

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  • fins4ever1

    It is hard here NOT TO believe the Fletcher pick was the worst pick in recent history. As you point out, it was not only a bad pick “talent wise”, but a stupid decision “position wise” as well. It was one of the few positions the Fins were
    solid at for years into the future.

    For me, second is the Pat White pick. The Fins had no business drafting a kid for a gimmick play like the WC.

    Finally, for the record I believe we did indeed overpay for Marshall. Yes, he is good, but overrated IMO. I don’t think I would ever give away 2 second round picks for anyone other than a franchise QB. This deal was especially sad when it was obvious Josh McDaniels was set on getting rid of Marshall just like he did Cutler. Yeah, the Fins overpaid in draft picks AND $$$$.

  • Chris Leeuw

    fins4ever – gotta disagree on your Marshall comment. Remember we got a second round pick back last year and will probably do the same this year.

    We needed a surefire #1 WR badly and got one without ‘wondering’ if he could produce.

  • dodgeguy

    i don’t think it matters with the fans….if we took breese which we should have, we would have asked for his head by now anyway! our fans are very into this game, but they want to shelf or get rid of totally anyone who has like 2 bad games in a row! if we had breese and he get’s hurt they’de have wanted to trade him for draft picks while there was still value in him…..nobody is in it for the long haul anymore, just what have you done this week?IMO

  • dodgeguy

    don’t get me wrong our drafting has been to say the least pathetic! we’ve had some good ones but there have been way more misses than hits, and N.E.keeps hittin’ home runs.i feel like we can’t catch up yet we match up well. everyone thinks we should go o in the first round and while i agree, i can’t help but think about another badazz! pass rusher…imagine the bloodline with cam! i’m just sayin’ if there’s a hall of fame type guy available how bad a pick can it be to grab him if available? our D is just gettin’ started to be really good but we’re not great yet!and i think another playmaker on D will also help get wins!…zach and jason come to mind! can’t have enough great defenders, cause that means special teams is that much better. no great special teamers except the returner are the really good ones i’m just sayin’

  • dodgeguy

    sorry,what i was saying was defensive guys make up 90% of all the really great special teams. we’re still not there at backer, one more to take the place of the mout’and as deep as we are at D-line how many sacks did we have last year and how many were cam’s alone…if cam is our only real threat to rush the passer other than blitz than we’re toast against the N.E. and steelers and so forth.we have to make plays at the end of games on D also to have success IMO. so having a corner that can catch more than a cold could also win games too!

    • bahamas

      My friend the only way to win a Superbowl is either having a Dominating D or QB that will win you the game.

      We aren’t close to having a dominating D, as our secondary FS,SS are areas of weakness in my eyes. Especially Clemsons.

      We aren’t close to having a QB that flat out win a game for us, so we are kinda stuck in the middle. WE learned during the Wanny era that having a dominating D and an average O, will only take you to the playoffs, but we need to acquire high octane talent on the O side of the ball this draft. I would be for using every single one of our picks towards our O in order to ochestrate a scoring offense. Our D will come together just like the Packers D, and we might be able to surprise teams this year