The Miami Dolphins selected seven players in the 2017 NFL Draft with five of them coming on the defensive side of the ball. Though it’s always subject to change, those seven have been given jersey numbers.
In a fun exercise, we’ll look at the number of each and the greatest player in Dolphins’ history ever to wear that number:
Isaiah Ford, WR
Best Player: Earl Morrall
Honorable Mention: Davone Bess
Picking between Morrall and Bess wasn’t easy, but if it’s close, you have to go with the primary quarterback during Miami’s undefeated season of 1972. In five years with the Dolphins, Morrall was 11-1 as a starter.
Cordrea Tankersley, CB
Best Player: Bernie Parmalee
Honorable Mention: Chris Clemons
Bernie Parmalee was known for going from a UPS driver to an NFL running back and ranks 14th in team history with more than 2,000 yards rushing as a member of the Miami Dolphins. Parmalee rushed for more than 1,700 of those yards during the 1994 and 1995 seasons.
Raekown McMillan, LB
Best Player: Channing Crowder
Honorable Mention: Robert Jones
Channing Crowder was known for his hilarious sound bytes during his time with the Dolphins, but he was also a fairly productive player. Crowder had more than 100 total tackles twice during his six-year career with the Dolphins.
Vincent Taylor, DT
Best Player: Bob Matheson
Honorable Mention: Larry Izzo
Mostly a reserve for the Dolphins’ championship “No Name” defenses, Matheson still enjoyed a productive career in Miami. In nine seasons, Matheson recorded eight interceptions and five fumble recoveries.
Davon Godchaux, DT
Best Player: John Offerdahl
Honorable Mention: Charles Bowser, Derrick Pope
A member of the Dolphins’ Ring of Honor, John Offerdahl was a five-time Pro Bowler as an inside linebacker from 1986-93. Injuries unfortunately shortened Offerdahl’s career.
Best Player: Richie Incognito
Honorable Mention: Eric Laasko
It’s not a name Miami fans are eager to hear, but Richie Incognito during his three and a half years with the Dolphins was pretty good on the field. Over the first three seasons, he missed just one start; he made the Pro Bowl in 2012.
Best Player: Marco Coleman
Honorable Mention: Rob Burnett
Marco Coleman is a player whose footsteps Charles Harris would like to follow in this season as Coleman was Sports Illustrated’s Rookie of the Year in 1992. Coleman ranks 11th in team history with 24 sacks.
Mike Ferguson is a sports writer and reporter for several publications and the Pro Football Spot lead writer for the Miami Dolphins. Follow Mike on Twitter @MikeWFerguson