The best players the Miami Dolphins have drafted out of Louisville

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Dan Marino Mark Clayton Miami Dolphins (Photo by Owen C. Shaw/Getty Images)
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Mark Clayton

One half of the fabled “Marks Brothers”, Mark Clayton is arguably the greatest pass catcher in Miami Dolphins history.

He and Mark Duper were drafted in 1982 and 1983 respectively, and spent the formative days of their careers catching balls from Dan Marino. The duo remains the best pass catching attack that the team has ever had, and they both top the list in virtually every statistical category when it comes to Dolphins receivers. They have eerily similar numbers in a handful of categories:

Duper – 146
Clayton – 142

Duper – 511
Clayton – 550

Duper – 8,869
Clayton – 8,643

But the category that truly set Clayton apart in the argument for best ever is his touchdown total. He scored 81 touchdowns for the Dolphins, 22 more than his counterpart on the other side of the field. He led the league in that category twice in his career, amassing an impressive 18 during Marino’s record-setting season in 1984.

Clayton was named to five Pro Bowls during his 10-year tenure in Miami, before finishing his career with a single season in Green Bay. He was selected with the 223rd overall pick in 1983, making him one of the best value draft picks in team history.

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