NFL Draft: Top 10 Dolphin Draft Steals

February 16th, 2012

MDD Staff Writer: Chad Pullen

If you feel sick to your stomach from reviewing the 10 worst picks the Dolphins have made since 2000 (which actually totaled out to 14 it was so bad) then feel better knowing that at least some picks were made wisely in the past eleven years.

1.  Chris Chambers

A second round pick in 2001, Chris easily outperformed his college teammate Jamar Fletcher who was chosen in the first round that year.  Chambers ended his Dolphin career 4th in receiving yards and touchdowns, and fifth in receptions in Dolphin history.  He was also third in 100 yard games with 17.

2.  Yeremiah Bell

Bell was discovered in the sixth round in 2003, and still remains roaming the defensive backfield to this day for Miami.  Bell has contributed to the Dolphins being a top five defense the past few years and may have produced the most value of any pick the Dolphins have made in the last decade.

3.  Brandon Fields

It’s not really a good thing when a punter is this high on a value list, but Fields has been one of the top three or four punters in the NFL since Miami took him in the seventh round in 2007.  He has helped the Miami field position and hopefully will continue to do so for years to come.

4.  Paul Soliai

Paul does not put up stellar stats, unless you count the fact that since Miami drafted him in the fourth round of 07, the Dolphins defense has been as stingy against the run as any team in the league.  His job is to occupy blockers, and he does it very well.

5.  Channing Crowder

Third round choice in 2005, Crowder quickly became a leader on defense and made an impact on defense right away before a knee injury slowed him down and retired after his sixth season.  Crowder has an opportunity to sign with the Jets, but said he would rather retire than play for him.  Maybe I should move him up the list a little bit.

6.  Randy McMichael

A fourth rounder pick in 2002, Randy started every game for five seasons gaining over 3,000 yards receiving and 18 touchdowns.  Randy was the best TE in Miami since the days of Keith Jackson.

7.  Brian Hartline

Another fourth round choice, this time in 2009, Hartline has played hard every single snap he’s been in for and after his first three seasons has over 1,600 yards and six total touchdowns.  He’s also made countless amounts of tough catches that has made him a fan favorite for his hustle and effort even if not the most talented at his position.

8.  Charles Clay

Clay was selected late in the draft in 2011 (sixth round), but had a very solid rookie season and hopes to be a fixture in Miami for years to come.  The Dolphins envision him in a hybrid FB/TE role that will allow him to exploit mismatches in coverage down the field.

9.  Jimmy Wilson

Jimmy was selected in the 7th Round in 2011 and earned some playing time early in the year when Vontae Davis went down.  Wilson earned his first career interception in the first quarter of his first game vs the Cleveland Browns.  With seasoning, it’s possible Wilson could compete for a role in the nickel package and back up Davis and Sean Smith in a pinch.

10.  Lex Hilliard

Sixth Round pick in 2008, Lex has been a versatile back for the Dolphins, playing both the FB and RB position and some goal line situations.  He has never been given the chance as a full time starter, but has contributed when called upon, nothing more you can ask for from a sixth round selection.

Tags: Chris Chambers, Draft History, Paul Soliai

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