Miami Dolphins: The best starter at each position in franchise history

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Best defensive end in Miami Dolphins history: Jason Taylor and Cameron Wake

Jason Taylor

Aside from Marino, Jason Taylor is the greatest player to ever put on a Miami Dolphins jersey. He was the cornerstone of one of the best defensive units in franchise history and has the numbers to show for it. He has the 7th most sacks of any player in NFL history,

131 of his 139.5 coming with the Dolphins. Taylor made the Pro Bowl six times, was a First-Team All-Pro three times, and was named Defensive Player of the Year in 2006. (and finished second in voting in 2002)

Cameron Wake

Cameron Wake joined the Miami Dolphins in 2009 after a stellar career in the CFL and continued his dominance in his new league. He would finish his career in the number two spot on the Dolphins’ franchise list for total sacks, nearly 30 more than the guy in third place, and enough to make this an easy decision on who to put across the line from Taylor.

While it feels that Wake never got the proper recognition that he deserved, he still qualified for five Pro Bowls in his 10 years with the Dolphins.

Side note: Could you imagine a defense with Jason Taylor coming off of one edge and Cameron Wake from the other? It is too bad that they had to play against Tom Brady at different points in their careers.