We are so close. Only a few more days before the Miami Dolphins and the rest of the league will choose their newest team additions. The number 19. It is all anyone in Miami has been talking about for the past three months or so. Who will the Dolphins take at 19, or will Dennis Hickey move them up (hopefully not) or down and pick from a new spot in the draft order? Only time will tell. Let’s pretend Miami stays at 19. Here is a list of previous number 19’s chose in the NFL Draft and where they are now.
2013 – Justin Pugh, OL Syracuse, New York Giants
Pugh was a bright spot on an otherwise horrible Giants O-Line. He is a solid starter and so far looks to be a good pick at 19th overall.
2012 – Shea McClellin, DE/OLB Boise State, Chicago Bears
He started his career with the Chicago Bears at DE opposite of Julius Peppers, but has recently been named the Bears new Sam linebacker. Has shown promise early in his career and Mike Mayock called him “one of the fastest risers in the past month,” referring to his draft rank.
2011- Prince Amukamara, CB Nebraska, New York Giants
He was sidelined almost immediately after being drafted with a broken foot, but has 3 interceptions and 133 tackles in three seasons with the Giants, including a Super Bowl ring.
2010 – Sean Weatherspoon, OLB Missouri, Atlanta Falcons
He has been both a starter and backup on a mediocre Falcons Defense, and has 8 career sacks and 216 total tackles through 4 seasons in the league. Not bad numbers, but not great either.
2009 – Jeremy Maclin, WR Missouri, Philadelphia Eagles
Arguably the best 19th overall pick in the last five years, Maclin has 258 career receptions and 26 total TD’s already. Because of DeSean Jackson’s departure, he is now the number one receiver in Philly. A solid offensive weapon.
The past 19th overall draft picks are by no means studs in today’s football world. Aside from Maclin (and possibly Pugh), none of these five guys have proven proven their value thus far. If I was Miami and Dennis Hickey, my top priority would be trading down and gaining more picks.