Vote: Pick the Miami Dolphins’ best NFL draft class ever (Final Four)

Larry Csonka [left] and Jim Kiick [right].

The arrival of Larry Csonka, the most beloved battering ram in Dolphins history.

The 1-2 punch of Richmond Webb and Keith Sims, who were to the offensive line what the 1-2 punch of A.J. Duhe and Bob Baumhower were to Miami’s defense for ages.

A 1969 draft that had a massive impact on The Perfect Season.

Those are some of the greatest drafts in Miami Dolphins history. Yet they all come with a huge question mark: Can any rival Miami’s 1983 draft class, notable for a certain quarterback from Pittsburgh who became one of the biggest steals in NFL draft history?

We now open balloting to determine the greatest draft class in Dolphins history, with all eyes on the ’83 bunch led by, of course, Dan Marino.

We’re down to the four best draft classes, but now we turn things over to you.

Have at it, Dolphins fans!


This round of voting will run until 8 p.m. ET on Sunday evening.

No. 1 seed: 1983
Top pick: QB Dan Marino
Later picks:  NT Mike Charles (2), DE Charles Benson (3), P Reggie Roby (6), LB Keith Woetzel (7), WR Mark Clayton (8), LB Mark Brown (9), RB Anthony Reed (10), G Joe Lukens (11), WR Anthony Carter (12)
Number making roster: 6
Felonious steal: Besides the obvious, try P Reggie Roby in Round 6, WR Mark Clayton in Round 8 and LB Mark Brown in Round 9. Amazing to consider Clayton lasted until the 223rd pick; more amazing to consider in the current draft format, he wouldn’t have even been drafted.
Can I get a mulligan? DE Charles Benson (3)
Straight talk: Football gods have never forgiven the Dolphins for landing Marino with the 27th overall pick, forcing Miami to endure a QB jinx of harrowing proportions best measured in Cubs years. Now we’re left to wonder if LT Laremy Tunsil (13th in 2016) will someday secure the No. 2 slot in all-time Dolphins thefts.

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No. 4 seed: 1977
Top picks: DE A.J. Duhe (1) and DT Bob Baumhower (2)
Later picks: T Mike Watson (3), P Mike Michel (5), RB Leroy Harris (5), LB Bruce Herron (7), DB Horace Perkins (8), RB Robert Turner (9), T Mark Carter (10), DE John Alexander (11), WR Terry Anderson (12)
Number making roster: 6
Felonious steal: None
Can I get a mulligan? Scooping up Texas A&M CB Lester Hayes before he fell to the Raiders in Round 5 might have been a wiser way to go rather than OT Mike Watson (3b) or P-K Mike Michel (5a).
Straight talk: This draft is included in this lofty company strictly on the strength of the top two picks, which were about as solid a 1-2 punch as the Dolphins have ever had. Need we say anything more than Dolphins 14, Jets 0, Duhe 3 INTs in the AFC title game, which was (gulp) 35 years ago?


No. 3 seed: 1990
Top picks: OT Richmond Webb (1), G Keith Sims (2)
Later picks: NT Alfred Oglesby (3), QB Scott Mitchell (4), RB Leroy Holt (5), DB Sean Vanhorse (6), WR Thomas Woods (8), TE Phil Ross (9), DB Bobby Harden (12)
Number making roster: 5
Felonious steal: None
Can I get a mulligan? The Dolphins passed on a couple of chances to take RB Barry Foster, who ended up as the Steelers’ fifth-rounder.
Straight talk: Very simple. The Dolphins needed somebody to keep Dan Marino upright, so they went after two large somebodies and hit big-time on both. Webb became one of the best left tackles in team history, Sims one of the best left guards they’ve ever had, and together they made touching Marino just a wish for most opponents.

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No. 2 seed: 1968
Top pick: FB Larry Csonka
Later picks: T Doug Crusan (1), LB Jimmy Keyes (2), TE Jim Cox (2), DT Jim Urbanek (3), DB Dick Anderson (3), RB Jim Kiick (5), QB Kim Hammond (6), WR Jimmy Hines (6), T John Boynton (7), LB Randy Edmunds (8), T Sam McDowell (9), DB Tom Paciorek (9), T Joe Mirto (10), T Cornelius Cooper (11), T Paul Paxton (12), DE Bob Joswick (13), TE Ray Blunk (14), LB Ken Corbin (15), DT Henry Still (16), C Bill Nemeth (17)
Number making roster: 12
Felonious steals: S Dick Anderson (3b), RB Jim Kiick (5)
Can I get a mulligan? LB-K Jimmy Keyes (2a) played only 1 1/2 seasons, never started and made less than half of his field-goal tries. May we instead suggest QB Ken Stabler (52nd overall to Raiders) as eventual trade bait, since Miami took Bob Griese in ’67?
Straight talk: This draft produced four key members of the ’72 team (including OT Doug Crusan, also picked in Round 1). We can chew on how Zonk, the Hall of Famer, lasted until the eighth pick, but what about Anderson, still one of the finest safeties the team has ever had and the 1973  defensive player of the year, as Miami’s second third-round pick? Just be thankful the Dolphins acquired that pick via trade with San Diego for QB Jon Brittenum (and yes, we mean THE Jon Brittenum).

Again, this round of voting will run until 8 p.m. ET on Sunday evening.

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