The Miami Dolphins were turning a corner as the calendar turned to a new decade. Miami would be in the Super Bowl two seasons from now and would return for two more as they became the first team in NFL history with back-to-back-to-back Super Bowl appearances.
The Dolphins drafted Jim Mandich with their first pick in the 1970 draft. He was taken in round two. Tim Foley, Curtis Johnson, and Jake Scott followed through the next seven rounds.
Mandich is best remembered as a gritty tight-end and the radio broadcast voice of the Dolphins. He lost his battle with cancer years ago but his memory lives on in the Dolphins Ring of Honor and the broadcast booth is named after him.
Tim Foley had a very good career with the Dolphins as a strong safety and Johnson was an important player during the Super Bowl years. But do any of them deserve number one?
Jake Scott was a steal in round seven. His Super Bowl MVP award for SB VII only added to his accomplishments. Scott was a hard-hitting defensive back but also barked back at head coach Don Shula. It cost him his time in Miami and became a decade long feud between the two men. A feud that has since been laid to rest.
Picking one player out of these men is not hard but the guy who gets the top spot deserves it for the lifelong committment to the team. A committment that has lasted long after his death.
Who wsa the best?