The Miami Dolphins don’t have just have one pick to make in the first round, they have two. What will Miami do with their pick at 18? What kind of talent might they find?
Earlier today we looked at the players drafted the last 10 years that went sixth overall. Now we will look at pick 18.
2011 – Nate Solder – New England
The Patriots found success with Solder in 2011. Solder would anchor the left side and keep Tom Brady upright. While he hasn’t played every game of every season, he has started 127 of the 130 games he was available for. After seven seasons in New England, he moved on to the Giants the last two years but did not play in 2020. He has not made a Pro Bowl but I think the Super Bowl rings are more rewarding for him.
2012 – Melvin Ingram – San Diego
Ingram has been an outstanding football player for the Chargers and made the Pro Bowl three consecutive years with the Chargers from 2017 to 2019. His 2020 season was cut short due to injury and he only played in seven games.
2013 – Eric Reid – San Francisco
After an impressive rookie season where he made the Pro-Bowl, Reid has started in 98 of 99 games played. He left the 49’ers after the 2017 season and is now with the Panthers. He has 11 career interceptions.
2014 – Calvin Pryor – Jets
The Jets haven’t had much luck with picks the last ten years in round one. Sam Darnold is also gone as are Jamal Adams and Leonard Williams who were taken at six overall. Calvin Pryor came into the draft with a lot of expectations but his four-year NFL career seems to be over. He spent three seasons with the Jets and played two games in 2017 with the Jaguars.
2015 – Marcus Peters – Kansas City
The Chiefs got a great player in Peters when they drafted him. Peters made the Pro-Bowl his first two seasons and first-team All-Pro in his second. In 2018 the Chiefs traded Peters to the Rams. He played one season with the Rams before being traded six games into the 2019 season to the Ravens.
2016 – Ryan Kelly – Indianapolis
The Colts have done well with their offensive line choices. Kelly has played center since being drafted at 18 and has started every game that he has been healthy. He has made the Pro Bowl the last two seasons.
2017 – Adoree Jackson – Tennessee
Starting 41 of 46 games he has been able to play in, Jackson has been a decent corner when he can stay healthy. Last year he only played in three games and 11 the year before that.
2018 – Jaire Alexander – Green Bay
Alexander has played in 13, 16, and 15 games in his three-year career. He has started all but two of them and continues to develop into a solid cornerback.
2019 – Garrett Bradbury – Minnesota
Bradbury has only been in the league for two seasons but has started all 16 games both seasons at center.
2020 – Austin Jackson – Miami
The verdict is still out on Jackson who started 12 of 13 games in his rookie season. Jackson has the tools to be good but he still has to grow. A full off-season will surely help his development.