The Miami Dolphins drafted defensive tackle Christian Wilkins in round one of last April’s draft but who have the best been since 2000?
Continuing our series on the best Miami Dolphins players this century, today we cover the defensive tackle position.
Compiling this list was harder than expected because the Dolphins have had little success at the defensive tackle position the past 20 years. When making up this list, the player had to play the majority of his Dolphins career in this century to qualify; thus no Tim Bowens.
(3) Jeff Zgonina
No disrespect meant to Zgonina but when your team’s third-best defensive tackle started 22 games in four years you know it’s been a ‘lean’ times. That said, Zgonina managed 10 sacks in four seasons (2003-2006) with the team.
(2) Ndamukong Suh
Suh’s time with Miami is probably the polar opposite from Starks. After signing the richest contract in NFL history in 2015, Suh put up good numbers in Miami; accounting for 15.5 sacks in three seasons with the team. While those numbers are better than Starks is subject to debate but when you account for the ‘fan-fare’ and money spent, Starks was the better Dolphins player.
(1) Randy Starks
After coming over from the Tennessee Titans as a free agent, Starks played all along the defensive line. Although he spent some time lining up at defensive end, he spent more snaps at the DT position. He finished eighth on the Dolphins all-time ‘official’ sack list with 30.5. Starks’ consistency wasn’t quite appreciated as much at the time as history will remember him.