Vote: Pick the Miami Dolphins’ worst NFL draft class ever

Hindsight is a beautiful thing, especially in spring. It turns all of us into draft experts and turns draft experts into the unemployed.

With linebacker Jelani Jenkins jumping to the Raiders, we now see that the 2013 Dolphins draft was, in technical terms, stinko. Which got me thinking — just how bad was it in Dolphins dud draft terms?

Turns out that draft class has stiff competition for the title of worst ever.

This calls for more bracketology. Here’s our lineup of the worst drafts in team history. Relive these moments (not over breakfast, please) and then pick your least favorites and finally, the ultimate loser.

Vote now through 6 p.m. ET on Thursday in each of the four first-round matchups. The winners will go on to meet in the semifinals over the weekend.

Dion Jordan (95) winces after performing a conditioning drill at Dolphins training camp on July 31, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

No. 1 seed: 2013
Top pick: DE Dion Jordan (via trade-up to No. 3 overall)
Later picks: DB Jamar Taylor (2), T Dallas Thomas (3), DB Will Davis (3), LB Jelani Jenkins (4), TE Dion Sims (4), RB Mike Gillislee (5), K Caleb Sturgis (5), DB Don Jones (7)
Number that made roster:
9
You cannot be serious: Thomas (3a)
OK, this makes sense: Jenkins in Round 4
Straight talk: The good news is every draft pick made the team. The bad news is there wasn’t a single impact player in the lot and they blew a trade for the No. 3 pick on their biggest bust ever. Average length of the Dolphins’ career of this class: 27 games — not even two seasons.

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Jason Allen celebrates an interception. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

No. 8 seed: 2006
Top pick: S Jason Allen
Later picks: WR Derek Hagan (3), T Joe Toledo (4), DT Fred Evans (7), DT Rodrique Wright (7), WR Devin Aromashodu (7)
Number that made roster: 4
You cannot be serious: Traded second-rounder to Minnesota for QB Daunte Culpepper (whose Dolphins career lasted four games).
OK, this makes sense: Nothing to see here, folks. Nothing to see.
Straight talk: To take Allen, the Dolphins passed on (take your pick since the Dolphins did not) CB Antonio Cromartie, DE Tamba Hali, RB DeAngelo Williams, WR Greg Jennings, CB Devin Hester and RB Maurice Jones-Drew. A personal favorite, though, came in Round 5. The Dolphins actually used that pick in the supplemental draft on DL Manny Wright. He’s the player who infamously broke down in tears when scolded by coach Nick Saban during practice.


Jamar Fletcher, the Dolphins’ top draft choice in 2001. (Staff photo by Greg Lovett)

No. 4 seed: 2001
Top pick: CB Jamar Fletcher
Later picks: WR Chris Chambers (2), RB Travis Minor (3), LB Morlon Greenwood (3), T Shawn Draper (5), T Brandon Winey (6), QB Josh Heupel (6), DE Otis Leverette (6), LB Rick Crowell (6)
Number that made roster: 5 (out of 9)
You cannot be serious: Greenwood (3)
OK, this makes sense: Dolphins traded up with Dallas to take Chambers in Round 2.
Straight talk: Dan Marino had just retired a couple of years prior. The Dolphins had game manager Jay Fiedler, largely criticized at the time for not being Dan Marino, but in reality one of the best QBs they’ve had in the post-Marino era. But what did the Dolphins do when they were on the clock with the 26th pick while fans were yelling for the no-brainer, Purdue QB Drew Brees? (Sigh.) Another head-scratcher is how Fletcher put together the remarkable stat line of having about as many starts (12) as he did years in the NFL (nine) and interceptions (seven).

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Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Vernon Carey during a preseason game on Aug. 19, 2011. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

No. 5 seed: 2004
Top pick: OL Vernon Carey
Later picks: DB Will Poole (4), LB Tony Bua (5), G Rex Hadnot (6), G Tony Pape (7), LB Derrick Pope (7)
Number that made roster: 5
You cannot be serious: Pretty much every decision except Carey.
OK, this makes sense: Carey had a solid, eight-year career.
Straight talk: One sign you may have had a bad draft is when you end up with fewer guys making the team (5) than you do trades (6), and only one of the five makes an impact. Oh, and by taking Carey, the Dolphins passed on a nose tackle who played college ball in their backyard, Vince Wilfork, whom New England took two picks later. Ouch.


LB Eddie Moore. (Staff photo by Allen Eyestone)

No. 3 seed: 2003
Top pick: LB Eddie Moore (2)
Later picks: T Wade Smith (3), G Taylor Whitley (3), TE Donald Lee (5), WR J.R. Tolver (5), LB Corey Jenkins (6), T Tim Provost (6), DB Yeremiah Bell (6), DT Davern Williams (7)
Number that made roster: 7
You cannot be serious: Moore
OK, this makes sense: Traded away No. 1 pick to New Orleans for RB Ricky Williams.
Straight talk: Putting aside the Williams move, this draft was literally saved by the Bell — sixth-rounder Yeremiah Bell, a hard-hitting safety from Eastern Kentucky. Third-rounder Smith, an offensive tackle from Memphis, never got his feet off the ground with the Dolphins but finally panned out as a starter for four years on the Texans’ line.

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No. 6 seed: 1995
Top pick: OT Billy Milner
Later picks: G Andrew Greene (2), TE Pete Mitchell (4), DT Norman Hand (5), LB Jeff Kopp (6), DT Corey Swinson (7), WR Shannon Myers (7)
Number that made roster: 4
You cannot be serious: Three picks after Milner came off the board, the Bucs went for a Florida State LB named Derrick Brooks.
OK, this makes sense: Dolphins sent a second- and third-rounder to Chicago for DE Trace Armstrong.
Straight talk: Why, oh why, has the WWE never booked a tag-team match of Milner and second-round G Andrew Greene vs. Richmond Webb-Keith Sims? A dreaded losers-leave-town match, perhaps?


No. 2 seed: 1984
Top pick: LB Jackie Shipp
Later picks: LB Jay Brophy (2), RB Joe Carter (4), QB Dean May (5), LB Rowland Tatum (6), G Bernard Carvalho (7), RB Ronnie Landry (8), T Jim Boyle (9), TE John Chesley (10), DB Bud Brown (11), DT William Devane (12), LB Mike Weingrad (12)
Number that made roster: 4
You cannot be serious: Anyone critical of Dan Marino for not winning a ring should pay attention here, because this draft says everything about the kind of defenses on his teams. The Dolphins knew they needed linebacking help in ’84, so they went with Shipp in Round 1 and Brophy in Round 2, because who needs New Mexico State’s Fredd Young?
OK, this makes sense: That the Dolphins stopped selecting after going with the inimitable Mike Weingrad of Illinois in Round 12, 333rd overall.
Straight talk: The Dolphins finished in the bottom third of the league in defense three of the next four years, including giving up a near-record 405 points in 1986.

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No. 7 seed: 1966
Top pick: RB Jim Grabowski
Later picks: QB Rick Norton (1), LB Frank Emanuel (2), G Larry Gagner (3), FB Dick Leftridge (4), T Grady Bolton (5), LB Ed Weisacosky (6), LB Don Hansen (7), DB Bob Petrella (8), DE Bill Matan (9), C Pat Killorin (10), RB Sammy Price (11), WR Howard Twilley (12), TE Kent Kramer (13), K Phil Scoggin (14), T Jerry Oliver (15), DE Don Lorenz (16), G Mike Bender (17), E Rich Kestner (18), TE Doug Moreau (19), DB John Tooker (20)
Number that made roster: 7
You cannot be serious: We’ll get to that in a second.
OK, this makes sense: Twilley in Round 12
Straight talk: This was the Dolphins’ first-ever draft, so obviously they needed everything. And they had the top two picks. So they used them on Grabowski and Norton? It’s one thing that Grabowski opted to sign with the NFL’s Green Bay Packers, but history shows he wasn’t that good to begin with (best year: 518 yards). Didn’t anyone bother to check his signability? As for Norton, you couldn’t detect his completion percentage with a microscope. There were a few gems in the AFL draft, including RBs Pete Banaszak (Oakland) and Emerson Boozer (Jets).

Again, vote now through 6 p.m. ET on Thursday in each of the four first-round matchups. The winners will go on to meet in the semifinals over the weekend.

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