Frankly there is no reason to try to guess who was the best draft pick of the 1982 and 1983 draft classes. They are without question.
In 1982 Miami drafted DB Paul Lankford, Charles Bowser, and Roy Foster but none came close to 2nd round selection Mark Duper. Duper’s legacy is well documented. He remains one of the most popular players in Dolphins history.
In 1983 Dan Marino changed the face of the organization for decades and to this day remains a major part of the executive team. There is no question Marino is the best pick of 1983 and maybe it can be argued of all-time. But if we look beyond Marino in ’83 we would find Mark Clayton in round eight.
Clayton, Marino, and Duper formed a powerful connection on the field and a lifetime brotherhood off of it.
The Dolphins also drafted Reggie Roby in 1983.
Who was the best?
’83 – Marino