The Miami Dolphins are one of the most storied franchises in football history. Over the course of their 51-year existence, they have made hundreds of draft picks and have had some really excellent players. Here is a list of the top 10 picks in Dolphins history.
1. Dan Marino (1983, No. 27 overall) – Dan Marino is far and away the greatest Dolphin of all time, despite never having won the Super Bowl. At the time of his retirement, he held almost every NFL passing record, including career yards and touchdowns. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005.
2. Larry Csonka (1968, No. 8 overall) – In 11 NFL seasons, Csonka rushed for 8,081 yards and 64 touchdowns. He won two Super Bowls with the Dolphins, first in 1972, when they went undefeated, and again in 1973, when he was named the Super Bowl MVP. Those were two of the best teams in Dolphins history. Csonka was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987.
3. Jason Taylor (1997, No. 73 overall) – Taylor has the sixth most sacks in NFL history, with 139.5, and is the all-time leader in fumble returns for touchdowns with 6. He is a six-time Pro Bowl selection and was named the AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2006. Taylor becomes eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2017.
4. Bob Griese (1967, No. 4 overall) – Griese was a six-time Pro Bowler and two-time Super Bowl Champion. The Dolphins were the winningest team in the NFL throughout the ’70s and Griese was their leader. He ended his 14-year career with 25,092 yards passing and 192 touchdowns, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990.
5. Dwight Stephenson (1980, No. 48 overall) – Named to five Pro Bowls and the NFL’s 1980s All-Decade team, Stephenson was an absolute beast on the gridiron. Despite his career being cut short due to injury after only eight seasons, he was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1998. In 1999, the Sporting News ranked Stephenson as the 84th greatest football player of all-time.
6. Zach Thomas (1996, No. 154 overall) – Thomas was a seven-time Pro Bowl selection and a member of the NFL’s 2000s All-Decade team. He ended his career with 1,720 tackles. Thomas endeared himself to fans with his relentless style and he goes down as one of the most beloved players in Dolphins history.
7. Mark Clayton (1983, No. 223 overall) – Clayton entered the league the same year as Marino and quickly became his favorite target. He made five Pro Bowls and is the Dolphins record holder for career pass receptions and touchdowns.
8. Richmond Webb (1990, No. 9 overall) – Webb holds Dolphins team records for consecutive games played (118) and Pro Bowls (7). He was named to the NFL’s 1990s All-Decade team and the Dolpins Honor Roll in 2006.
9. Sam Madison (1997, No. 44 overall) – Madison made four consecutive Pro Bowls for the Dolphins from 1999-2002, and eventually won a Super Bowl with the Giants in 2006. During his prime, Madison was widely considered one of the best cornerbacks in football.
10. Bryan Cox (1991, No. 113 overall) – During his career, Cox was one of the most aggressive, hard-hitting players in football. He was selected to three Pro Bowls with the Dolphins. In 2001, he won a Super Bowl with the Patriots.
There could be new names added to this list shortly. Mostly because the Dolphins season predictions show them as last in the AFC East, which should get them a high draft choice.