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Another “well duh!” moments in Dolphins history came during the first round of the 1983 NFL Draft. One of the first to be broadcast to a wide audience via ESPN. The Dolphins were coming off a Super Bowl loss to the Washington Redskins and many believed that the combination of David Woodley and Don Strock were enough to pencil the team into early favorites entering 1983. With the Dolphins have a few needs Miami surprised many when they selected the starting quarterback from the University of Pittsburgh.
Dan Marino of course went on to a Hall of Fame career. The 1983 class still stands as one of the best NFL classes in all of history. The first round alone produced John Elway, Dan Marino, Jim Kelly, Bruce Matthews, Eric Dickerson, and Darrell Green. All seven are members of the Pro-Football HOF. In round four, Richard Dent was taken by the Bears.
Dan Marino retired holding most if not all of the NFL all-time passing records. Many of them have since been broken as the NFL changed rules that made it easier for quarterbacks to play. Marino is still considered one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game.
As a note to just how deep the 1983 draft was, Dolphins Ring of Honor receiver Mark Clayton was drafted in round 8 that year.
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