Vote: Pick the Miami Dolphins’ worst NFL draft class ever (Final Two)

Jason Allen #32 of the Miami Dolphins celebrates his second interception against the Philadelphia Eagles on November 18, 2007 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

A 2006 draft notable for how perfectly bland it was — top to bottom — and the 1984 draft that whiffed twice on linebackers are the readers’ choices as finalists to determine the all-time worst draft class in Miami Dolphins history.

Readers can now choose the biggest loser (winner?).

Will it be the 2006 class, topped by safety Jason Allen but including a second-round pick traded to Minnesota for quarterback Daunte Culpepper, whose Dolphins career didn’t last as long as it’s taking you to read this sentence?

That draft class includes third-rounder Derek Hagan, a receiver. We’d list a few others chosen, but unless you’re a diehard fan, you probably won’t recognize them, so what’s the point?

In our official line, we’re installing the Orwellian bunch of 1984 as 2-1 favorites on the strength of the top two selections, Jackie Shipp and Jay Brophy.

Notable, run-stuffing tackles were not their forte, but credit is due for making the roster. Only two other members of that draft class managed to even get that far.

So have it at, Dolphins fans: ’84 or ’06? The polls are open.


Vote now through 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday in this final matchup. The winner will be announced Wednesday morning.

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.

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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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