It won’t be long before the Miami Dolphins “are on the clock”. The NFL Draft will be held later this month and like many other teams, the Dolphins will look to address needs.
This year, the Dolphins will pick 22nd in the first round as they look for a player who can help them get back to the playoffs and perhaps take the next step. The Dolphins have had a first round pick in each of the last 13 years. Some however, have turned out better than others.
Here’s a look at the last 10 first round picks for Miami ranked from worst to best:
10. Dion Jordan, DE
Selected: Third overall in 2013 NFL Draft
The Miami Dolphins traded up to grab Oregon defensive end Dion Jordan third overall in the 2013 NFL Draft and that’s a decision they’ll never get back. During his four years with Miami, Jordan had as many suspensions as sacks (three). He was recently cut by the team.
9. Ted Ginn, Jr., WR
Selected: Ninth overall in 2007 NFL Draft
A speedster from Ohio State, Ted Ginn, Jr. has had a fairly productive NFL career. Ginn wasn’t terrible for Miami, but never lived up to his first round billing. Ginn was the team’s leading receiver in 2008 with 790 yards and was dangerous as a kick returner. Ginn however, struggled with drops and had a tendency to short-arm passes over the middle. In three years with Miami, he scored 10 total touchdowns.
8. Ja’Wuan James, T
Selected: 19th overall in 2014 NFL Draft
Ja’Wuan James has started 39 of a possible 48 games in his three seasons with the Miami Dolphins with all of them coming at right tackle. A former Tennessee Volunteer, the Dolphins seemed to settle on James during a 2014 draft that was deep with offensive linemen. James has been durable, but not real consistent.
7. DeVante Parker, WR
Selected: 14th overall in 2015 NFL Draft
In the case of wide receiver DeVante Parker, there is reason to believe the best is yet to come. In his second season in the league last season, Parker was largely overshadowed by Jarvis Landry and Kenny Stills in the receiving corps, but he has the potential to be a very good player for Miami for a very long time. Last season, Parker finished with 56 catches for 744 yards and four touchdowns, including the game-winner in a 14-10 win over the Los Angeles Rams.
6. Jared Odrick, DL
Selected: 28th overall in 2010 NFL Draft
Jared Odrick was a solid, versatile piece of the Miami defense during his five years with the team. Odrick had the ability to play either end or tackle. During his time with the Dolphins, Odrick had 16.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. After battling injuries his rookie year, he played in every game over his final four seasons.
5. Laremy Tunsil, OL
Selected: 13th overall in 2016 NFL Draft
Revisit this chart a couple years from now and Laremy Tunsil may be at the top of it. Once thought to be the top overall pick in last year’s draft, Tunsil fell into Miami’s lap at No. 13 after a video surfaced of the Ole Miss product smoking marijuana. Tunsil started 14 games as a rookie and more than held his own, despite playing out of position at left guard. Tunsil will move back to his natural left tackle position this year and should be in for a long, very prosperous NFL career.
4. Vontae Davis, CB
Selected: 25th overall in 2009 NFL Draft
Vontae Davis’ best years so far in the NFL have come with the Indianapolis Colts, but he was never anything short of solid in his three years with Miami. Over those three years, Davis recorded nine interceptions and was the team’s top cover corner. Twice, Davis led the team in interceptions, appearing in 44 of a possible 48 games which included 36 starts.
3. Ryan Tannehill, QB
Selected: Eighth overall in 2012 NFL Draft
The third quarterback taken in the 2012 NFL Draft, Ryan Tannehill has had a bit of an up-and-down career, but for the most part has been a constant. Despite being hit routinely early on, Tannehill had never missed a start until last season when a knee injury forced him to miss the final three games. Twice in his career, Tannehill has eclipsed the 4,000-yard passing mark. Last season, he set new career-bests for yards per attempt, completion percentage and quarterback rating.
2. Mike Pouncey, C
Selected: 15th overall in 2011 NFL Draft
Mike Pouncey is a three-time Pro Bowl center for the Miami Dolphins. The twin brother of Pittsburgh Steelers’ Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey, Pouncey has been a mainstay in the Miami lineup since Day 1. He was involved in some controversy that led to the Ted Wells report in 2013 following the league’s first locker room bullying scandal. Pouncey started every game in each of his first two seasons, but has missed 19 games over the last four, including 11 last season.
1. Jake Long, T
Selected: First overall in 2008 NFL Draft
A Michigan man and the top pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, Jake Long was solid from his first day in the aqua and orange. In six seasons with the Dolphins, Long made four Pro Bowl and appeared in every game in each of his first three seasons. As the Dolphins’ starting left tackle, Long’s best season probably came in 2010 when he was named a first-team All-Pro by four different news outlets.
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