Dolphins Slotted 19th For NFL Draft


For years I have been saying the difference between making the playoffs and being 0-16 is about 20 draft slots.  The Miami Dolphins who missed a golden opportunity on Sunday to make the post season will now pick 19th.  So almost 20 draft slots.  Who makes those picks come May’s NFL Draft is anyone’s guess at the moment.

There are currently six teams tied with the Dolphins at 8-8.  Tie breakers are not head to head for the draft but instead are based on strength of schedule.  I never really understood the strength of schedule formula.  Is it better to have a harder SOS or an easier one?  If you had an easier SOS do you get a higher slot because you played worse or do you get the higher slot because you played better teams and lost?  Doesn’t matter, Miami will pick one slot behind the team that knocked them from the playoffs.  Talk about insult to injury.

If there is any good news, and frankly there isn’t, the Dolphins will pick 18th in round 2, 17th in round 3, 16th in 4, 15th in 5, and 14th in round 6.  They will then move back to 19th for round 7.  Like I said it’s not very comforting.

The last time the Dolphins held the 19th overall pick was in 2004 when they actually held the 20th pick.  Then GM Rick Spielman (I know it makes you cringe) traded a 4th round pick to move up one spot to take Miami University tackle Vernon Carey.

Here is a list of every player taken at number 19 in the first round of the NFL Draft since 1980.

2013Justin PughOLSyracuseNY Giants

2012Shea McClellinDE/OLBBoise StateChicago

2011Prince AmukamaraCBNabraskaNY Giants

2010Sean WeatherspoonOLBMissouriAtlanta

2009Jeremy MaclinWRMissouriPhiladelphia

2008Jeff OtahOTPittsburghCarolina

2007Michael GriffinSTexasTennessee

2006Antonio CromartieCBFlorida StateSan Diego

2005Alex BarronOTFlorida StateSt. Louis

2004Vernon CareyTMiamiMiami

2003Kyle BollerQBCaliforniaBaltimore

2002Ashley LelieWRHawaiiDenver

2001Casey HamptonNTTexasPittsburgh

2000Shaun AlexanderRBAlabamaSeattle

1999Luke PetitgoutTNotre DameN.Y. Giants

1998Vonnie HollidayDENorth CarolinaGreen Bay

1997Tarik GlennTCaliforniaIndianapolis

1996Marvin HarrisonWRSyracuseIndianapolis

1995James StewartRBTennesseeJacksonville

1994Todd SteussieTCaliforniaMinnesota

1993Lester HolmesGJackson StatePhiladelphia

1992Tony SmithRBSouthern MississippiAtlanta

1991Vinnie ClarkCBOhio StateGreen Bay

1990Darrell ThompsonRBMinnesotaGreen Bay

1989Wayne MartinDEArkansasNew Orleans

1988Randall McDanielGArizona StateMinnesota

1987Paul PalmerRBTempleKansas City

1986Eric DorseyDENotre DameN.Y. Giants

1985George AdamsRBKentuckyN.Y. Giants

1984Ron SoltGMarylandIndianapolis

1983Joey BrownerSSouthern CaliforniaMinnesota

1982Perry TuttleWRClemsonBuffalo

1981Brian HollowayOTStanfordNew England

1980Otis WilsonLBLouisvilleChicago

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  • Jcartwright67

    It doesn’t really matter where we pick. I think we should trade up and find that guy that’s injured and doesn’t necessarily fit a position of great need or matches our offensive/defensive scheme very well. We should do something similar with our second round pick too unless we gave it away to move into the top 10 of course. Finding a really good injured player is very difficult, finding two in the early rounds is pure genius…we wouldn’t want them to contribute right away because 1st and 2nd round players shouldn’t do that. Maybe ease them into the line up later in the 2014 season but limit them to a half dozen snaps at most. Throw in a few “acorns” with another solid Ireland draft and we’re golden!!!!!!!

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  • Johnny

    I believe there 18th… The Jets are 19th since they are now ahead of us in the division…

  • Johnny

    Some have us at 17… But yeh, I guess they go on strength of schedule, which will have us at 19… Which is BS…

  • tpl

    19th isn’t too bad. Miami can get an impact player there. It will probably be an offensive lineman, most likely a left tackle.key is whether Dallas Thomas can contribute next year.

  • Deaconchill

    It is all about coaching and making smart selections. When was the last time the Pats had a pick lower than the mid to high 20s?