Miami Dolphins At 50: Top 10 DBs

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Mandatory Credit: Miami

No. 10 – Louis Oliver

If Brown is around then Louis Oliver is always nearby. Oliver was drafted a little bit earlier than Brown as he was selected in the first round of the 1989 NFL Draft. With slightly higher expectations, Brown’s partner-in-crime got the better part of the spotlight.

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  • Oliver played seven seasons in Miami. In his first four seasons in the league, he led the Dolphins in interceptions. He is tied for sixth in franchise history with 24 interceptions. He also racked up about 481 tackles during his tenure with the Dolphins.

    Oliver’s 105 games played in the aqua and orange has him 12th all-time in franchise history. He started in 89 of those 105 games and earned the First Team All-Conference and Second Team All-NFL honors after the 1992 season.

    Like Buckley, Oliver never made it to the Pro Bowl and was probably a little more deserving of the honor as well. But the free safety helped to solidify a Dolphins defense that is usually overlooked despite helping guide the team to the AFC Championship game in 1992 and nearly returning in 1994.

    Mandatory Credit: Miami

    No. 9 – Paul Lankford

    One of the longest tenured defensive backs in franchise history, Paul Lankford played in 130 games between 1982 and 1991 for the Dolphins.

    Lankford was selected in the third round of the 1982 NFL Draft and appeared in seven of the nine games. Miami went on to appear in Super Bowl XVII that season, but ultimately fell to Washington, 27-17.

    Lankford split time with Don McNeal, another cornerback deserving of this list, in 1984. The very next season, Lankford took the starting role and in his first season as the primary corner he recorded four interceptions and started 15 games.

    Lankford wouldn’t complete a full season as starter until 1989. However, he would round out his career in 1990 and 1991 in a backup role.

    The Penn State alum played both sides of the field as a cornerback. In 1986, Lankford went from left corner to right and started 12 games before returning to the left side for the rest of his career.

    He played in 12 playoff games, including the Super Bowl runs of 1982 and 1984. He started in 74 games including two postseason contests. He racked up 13 interceptions, three sacks, and recovered three fumbles. He is third all-time in games played.