With the draft one week away, PhinPhanatic.com will look back at the past seven Miami Dolphins draft classes. Each article will examine who the Dolphins selected in the draft and, when noteworthy, players they passed on. Today we look back at 2010.
Miami was originally slated to pick 12th in the first round of the draft but General Manager Jeff Ireland got a call from the San Diego Chargers. The Chargers wanted running back Ryan Matthews and was willing to give up a second round pick to move up 16 spots to get him.
When Miami came on the clock again (28th pick), they selected DE/DT Jared Odrick from Penn State. Odrick came into the draft with a reputation as being stout against the run and the flexibility to play DE in a 3-4 or a DT in a 4-3. With 129 tackles and 16.5 sacks in his five years with Miami, the selection of Odrick was pretty solid. After leaving Miami in 2015 via free agency, Odrick spent two years with the Jacksonville Jaguars but was released this offseason. He is currently a free agent.
Despite the success that Odrick enjoyed, many Dolphins fans, and experts, lament that the trade down cost Miami impact players like SS Earl Thomas (selected 14th), WR Demaryius Thomas (22nd) and who can forget the ‘black eye’ Ireland gave the organization at the Combine and passing on WR Dez Bryant (24th)?! Pick Grade: B
Coming into the draft, Miami didn’t have a 2nd round pick because of the WR Brandon Marshall trade made earlier in the offseason. However, has stated above, Miami acquired a 2nd round selection from San Diego during the trade made in the 1st round.
With the second round selection (40th overall), Miami selected LB Koa Misi from Utah. Misi was considered an excellent pass rusher coming out of college that was expected to help transform the defense. Fast forward seven years and it can be concluded that Misi is a solid, albeit unspectacular, linebacker when on the field but has battled injuries his entire career. Despite those injuries, Misi is one of only two players that remain on the Dolphins roster from the 2010 draft class.
As for who Miami passed up to select Misi? The biggest name is TE Ron Gronkowski, who was selected two spots later (42nd) by the New England Patriots. Pick Grade: C+
Anybody that followed the Dolphins in 2010, or since, knows that Miami has been trying for close to a decade to solve their offensive line woes. With the 73rd selection, the Dolphins thought they had a big piece (literally and figuratively) to that puzzle when they selected G/T John Jerry from Ole Miss.
Jerry was considered a bulldozer in the running game coming out of college. Unfortunately for Jerry and the Dolphins, the team tried to turn him into a zone-blocking/pulling guard and found out that Jerry was more ‘plodding bear’ than ‘dancing bear’. He played a total of four seasons with Miami before being released and signing with the New York Giants; whose roster he remains on to this day.
As for who the Dolphins passed on in the third round by selecting Jerry? No ‘superstars’ were bypassed but it’s ironic that the Houston Texans selected a DT out of Arizona by the name of Earl Mitchell; who was signed by Miami in 2014 to play alongside first round pick Odrick. Pick Grade: C
With the 119th selection, the Dolphins selected LB A.J Edds out of Iowa. Edds torn his ACL in training camp and never played a down for the Dolphins. The most noteworthy thing surrounded this pick was Miami traded up with the Cowboys to make this pick, giving up a 6th round selection that turned out to be T Sam Young; who signed with Miami last year and is currently on the roster.
DT Geno Atkins was taken by the Cincinnati Bengals one pick later (120th). Pick Grade: F
In the 5th round Miami got, arguably, two of the three best players taken in the round (but safety Cam Chancellor was taken before Miami’s selection. Their first (pick 145) was used on CB Nolan Carroll from Maryland. Carroll was much-maligned in his four year stint with the Dolphins but he started 26 games and had 5 INTs with the Dolphins before leaving for Philadelphia.
With their second selection (163rd), Miami grabbed S Rashad Jones out of Georgia. Jones turned out to be the Dolphins best player from this draft. In his 80 starts, Jones has amassed 421 tackles, 9 sacks and 16 INTs in route to becoming one of the best safeties in the NFL. Pick Grade: Carroll (C+)/Jones (A)
Miami traded away their 6th round pick to move up to select Rashad Jones in the 5th round.
Miami had two selections in the 7th round. The first one (212th) was spent on DE Chris McCoy, Middle Tenn St. The second selection was a compensatory pick (252nd) turned into LB Austin Spitler, Ohio State.
McCoy made no impact in Miami while Spitler was a key component on special teams for four years with Miami. Pick Grade: McCoy (F)/Spitler (C+)
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Well there you have it! Miami had a solid draft overall but, with the exception of Rashad Jones, will probably be remembered for who they didn’t select instead of who they did.
Overall Draft Grade: B-