Dolphins best drafts pick by season

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Jimmy Johnson gone, Miami ushered in the Dave Wannstedt era. We are about to see how bad it was. Tackle Todd Wade drafted in round two (Miami had not first) was the best player of a very weak class that included names like Ben Kelly, Deon Dyer, and Arturo Freeman.


It’s a good thing that Chris Chambers was drafted in round two of this class. It helped, marginally, to forget the pick of Jamar Fletcher over Drew Brees in round one.


Miami drafted Seth McKinney in round three of this years draft because they didn’t have a 1st or a 2nd round pick. Ricky Williams trade anyone? Randy McMichael stands out as the best of this draft class taken in round 4.


To find the best player of this class you have to skip over 1st round mega-bust Eddie Moore, tackle Wade Smith in round 2, and five other players that are scantily remembered as having played for the Dolphins. Then in late round six you will find safety Yeremiah Bell.


Dave Wannstedt was no longer calling the draft when 2004 came around. That belonged to Rick Spielman. His first pick isn’t remembered for the player he drafted but instead how he got him. With the 19th pick on the clock, Spielman traded his 1st round and 4th round pick to move over the Vikings at 20 to select Vernon Carey. The Vikings didn’t need a lineman. Carey had a good but unspectacular career with the Dolphins. The rest of Spielman’s class was forgettable.


The Nick Saban era begins with 2nd overall pick Ronnie Brown. To be fair the top of the 2005 draft class was not very good. In fact, Brown is the only top five player of that class still playing in the NFL or at least he was in an NFL camp this season. Matt Roth was taken in round 2 and Channing Crowder in round three. Overall it wasn’t a horrible class but a weak class. Brown is the best of the class simply because he didn’t run off with his mouth like Crowder who was, in my opinion, overrated.


Not a good class of draft picks for Saban and the Dolphins. It’s led by first round defensive back Jason Allen who spent five uninspiring seasons in Miami. The rest of the class? Derek Hagan, Fred Evans, Rodrique Wright, and Deven Aromashodu.


Good-bye Saban hello Cam Cameron. I won’t punish you with this draft class that included 10 draft picks. Only one stuck for any length of time. 7th round pick Brandon Fields who was on the teams roster until this past off-season. Ted Ginn, John Beck, Samson Satele, Lorenzo Booker, Paul Soliai, Reagan Maui’a, yeah that draft class. While Soliai turned into a very good defensive lineman, Miami opted to not-resign him after his rookie contract was up.


Good-bye Cameron hello Parcells. The best player of this class was Jake Long. Long was selected first overall. Five years later, his rookie contract expiring, the Dolphins let him walk. In his years with the Dolphins he ended the season on IR three times. The rest of the class? Phillip Merling, Chad Henne, Kendall Langford, and Donald Thomas to name a few.


Brian Hartline was drafted in round 4 and would be the best player of this class if simply by contribution and longevity. Vontae Davis was drafted in round one and Sean Smith in round 2. Smith left via free agency and Davis was traded several years later. The rest of the class isn’t worth mentioning…ahem, Pat White?

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