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
2006Antonio CromartieCBFlorida StateSan Diego
2005Alex BarronOTFlorida StateSt. Louis
1999Luke PetitgoutTNotre DameN.Y. Giants
1998Vonnie HollidayDENorth CarolinaGreen Bay
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
1983Joey BrownerSSouthern CaliforniaMinnesota
1981Brian HollowayOTStanfordNew England