The best Miami Dolphins draft picks in each round

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Round 4 – Randy McMichael (Tight End – 2002) – The fourth round hasn’t been kind to the Dolphins over the years. While the Phins have found solid contributors, they’ve yet to find that round four-diamond in the rough. McMichael gets the nod here from me here seeing as he’s the Dolphins’ all-time leader in receptions and yards for a tight end (469 rec for 3096 yds). McMichael played his college ball in Georgia. Honorable Mention – Dwight Hollier (Linebacker – 1992), Jeff Dellenbach (Tackle – Wisconsin), and Brian Hartline (Wide Receiver – 2009)

Round 5 – Zach Thomas – (Linebacker – 1996) – Has there ever been a bigger Hall of Fame snub? Thomas was an All-Pro seven times during his playing career (5 first team, 2-second team). Thomas was the anchor in the middle of the Dolphins’ defense from the very first day he set foot in Miami. Thomas had a penchant for being around the football. Not only was Zach a tackling machine averaging well over 100 tackles per season but he also finished his career with 17 interceptions, returning four of them for scores. Thomas carved out what I consider a Hall of Fame career after being told he was too slow, too small, etc. Honorable Mention – Jim Kiick (Running back – 1968), Bryan Cox (Linebacker – 1991), and Reshad Jones (Safety – 2010)

Round 6 – Doug Betters – (Defensive End – 1978) – Betters had a solid career in Miami with one spectacular one. In 1983 Betters was the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year registering 16 sacks and four fumble recoveries. Betters finished his 10-year career in Miami with 64.5 total sacks. Betters was a key part of Miami’s Killer Bees defense during the 1980s. Honorable Mention – Reggie Roby (Punter – 1983), Shawn Wooden (Safety – 1996), and Yeremiah Bell (Safety – 2003)