Miami Dolphins top 10 first round picks of all time not named Dan, Larry, or Bob

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 02: The Miami Dolphins cheerleaders perform during a game against the San Diego Chargers at Sun Life Stadium on November 2, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 02: The Miami Dolphins cheerleaders perform during a game against the San Diego Chargers at Sun Life Stadium on November 2, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

The Miami Dolphins will draft 11th overall when the first round of the NFL Draft gets underway and when they do, one player will join a list of former first round picks and have the chance to become great.

Only 48 players have been chosen in the first round by the Miami Dolphins since 1966. The Dolphins have had two first round picks in ’66, ’68, ’76, ’89, and in ’92. They have not drafted a first round player in 13 times in franchise history with three of those coming between 1966 and 1974.

Starting a look at the best players drafted by the Dolphins in round one starts and ends with Bob Griese, Dan Marino, and Larry Csonka so this top ten is a list of guys not named Bob, Dan, or Larry. In no particular order.


Louis Oliver – Oliver was a hard-hitting safety that offensive receivers hated to face. He was very good in coverage but was more of a sign of the changing style of play that safeties were heading towards. He roamed the secondary and made tight-ends, running backs, and receiver pay for having the ball. Unfortunately, Oliver played on some poorly run defenses by Tom Olividati and that really kept Oliver off a more prominent stage.


Troy Vincent – Vincent was a shutdown corner for the Dolphins and could have been a lifelong Dolphins player had it not been the birth of free agency. Vincent spent four of his 14 NFL seasons with the Dolphins.


Mike Pouncey – An all-pro and a pro-bowler Mike Pouncey was a tough as nails center for the Dolphins for seven seasons before being released this off-season. HOF talent however was hindered by a hip injuries and back issues combined to keep Pouncey off the field for all but two full seasons. When healthy, Pouncey could take over the trench in both run and pass blocking.


Roy Foster spent nine of his 13 NFL seasons with the Dolphins earning All-Conference awards in five of those seasons. Foster was one of the Dolphins best guards but went unnoticed in part to the play of Richmond Webb and left guard Keith Sims during the heyday of the Dan Marino era.


O.J. McDuffie – McDuffie played eight seasons with the Dolphins from 1993 to 2000 finishing his entire career with one team. McDuffie was a go-to receiver for Dan Marino and posted impressive numbers on teams that were stacked with receivers including Irving Fryar for a few seasons.


A.J. Duhe – If not for injury Duhe may have been a Hall of Fame linebacker for the Miami Dolphins. He was that good but his career would only last eight seasons and he would miss time in many of those seasons. He was one of the hardest hitting linebackers when healthy and could take over a game, ahem New York Jets.

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Bill Stanfill – Up until Jason Taylor came along Stanfill sat atop the sack leaders for the team in history. Stanfill still holds the single game sack record with 5, he is actually tied with Vern Den Herder but Stanfill has two five sack games under his belt.

Until Taylor and Cameron Wake came along Stanfill held the team sack record with 69 1/2. He also holds the Dolphins rookie sack record with eight and is tied with Taylor for most sacks in a season with 18 1/2.


Kim Bokamper – Bokamper is on the Dolphins Ring of Honor and it is well deserved. He played 9 NFL seasons all with the Dolphins and played both outside linebacker and defensive end. During the 80’s he was part of the Dolphins best defensive units in team history known as the “Killer B’s”.


Richmond Webb – Webb should have his name on the title as not being allowed to be included because he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. Webb is one of the NFL’s best left tackles to have ever played and his absence from the HOF makes little sense. Webb spent 12 years in the NFL most with the Dolphins and is considered one of the best offensive lineman in team history.


Tim Bowens – Bowens had the honor of playing for Don Shula, Jimmy Johnson, and Dave Wannstedt although I’m not sure the latter would constitute and honor. The reality is that he was so good that three different head coaches benefited from his line play. Bowens could take over a defensive line like few others in the NFL at that time.