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

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Best defensive tackles in Miami Dolphins history: Tim Bowens and Randy Starks

Tim Bowens:

Tim Bowens won the Defensive Rookie of the Year award in 1994 and continued that dominance throughout his 11-year career with the Dolphins. He was a run-stopping force on Miami’s defensive line season after season and was about as reliable as they come.

Bowens played in 142 of a possible 144 games to begin his career and was named to two Pro Bowls. While not known for being a speedy pass rusher, he was also able to accumulate 22 sacks in his time with the Dolphins while qualifying for two Pro Bowls.

Randy Starks:

Randy Starks is one of the more underappreciated Dolphins players in recent memory. He missed just one game in seven years in Miami and helped solidify the interior defensive line through different schemes and teammate combinations. He finished with 30 sacks and 66 QB hits and added an unusually high 4 interceptions. Starks even made the Pro Bowl twice when no one was looking.

Choosing Starks for a spot on this list was yet another recency pick, as he and Manny Fernandez had very similar careers. Fernandez played from 1968 until 1975.