The #9 Miami Dolphins Draft Bust of All Time is...
John Avery, who was a 1998 1st round pick, 29th overall.
While the Dolphins needed a running back, they should have never tried to fit a square peg into a round hole. They reached here to take the Mississippi running back and it showed pretty much right away. I know running backs have a short shelf life. But just two years in the NFL (and then a six game return a few years later) is ridiculous.
Avery had 143 carries in his rookie season, totaling 503 yards and two touchdowns. The following year, Avery saw action in one game as a Dolphin before being let go. This former first round pick ended his NFL career with 524 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns.
The only positive you can really say about Avery was that he averaged a solid 25.2 yards per kick return his rookie season. But one season of above-average kick returning doesn't validate being the 29th player selected.
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