The Dolphins and Jimmy Johnson found much more success in 1997 when they landed Sam Madison in round two. First round pick Yatil Green blew out his knee in practice before the season started. He would spend the ’97 and ’98 seasons out of football before playing eight games in ’99 for the Dolphins. His last year in the NFL.
Madison of course remains one of the most loved Dolphins defensive backs in history and is still part of the organizations media group. Had it not been for the Dolphins third round pick, he may have been the best of the class.
Jason Taylor would not only play himself into the Hall of Fame he would endear himself to the communities of South Florida through his Jason Taylor Foundation. Taylor would play 13 of his 15 NFL seasons in Miami and up retiring hold the Dolphins career sack total with 131.
Unfortunately the rest of the Dolphins draft class wouldn’t amount to much or long. LB Derrick Rodgers spent six years with Miami starting 88 of 93 games. he was a solid playmaker for the team and a standout among the rest of the draft not named Madison or Taylor.
Tight End Ed Perry spent 7 seasons with the Dolphins. but started only 10 games of the 103 he played in.
Who was the best?
Jason Taylor (sorry Sam)