Best draft pick from rounds 1-7 in Miami Dolphins history

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Miami Dolphins best draft picks, Round 7: Jake Scott

It may not be as blatantly obvious as the selections of Zach Thomas or Dan Marino, but the choice for the best 7th round pick in team history is something of a no-brainer as well. Don Hansen and Larry Seiple had solid careers in Miami, but I wouldn’t blame you if you have no idea who those people are.

But any Miami Dolphins historian (or older fans) should know who Jake Scott is.

Scott was selected in the 7th round of the 1970 Draft (back when there were 17 rounds), and became one of the greatest players in team history during the early years of the franchise. He spent 6 of his 9 career seasons holding down the free safety spot in Miami, and was an integral part of the defenses that made the team a mini-dynasty in the early 70s.

He started 84 of a possible 84 games for the Dolphins, and received both Pro Bowl and All Pro honors in each year except his first. Scott was one of the best players on the “No Name Defense” that helped Miami complete the undefeated season in 1972.

He’s no Zach Thomas, but Jake Scott probably deserves a spot in the NFL Hall of Fame, as well.

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