Miami Dolphins 2012 Draft Notes

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: A general exterior view of Radio City Music Hall as taxi cabs and cars drive by following the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 26, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)

The Miami Dolphins have released their 2012 NFL Draft Notes following the second day of the draft. You can also find these notes, along with other press releases from the team at their official relations Tumblr page.



    Miami Dolphins Hall of Fame center Dwight Stephenson traveled to New York to announce the team's second round pick at the NFL Draft. Stephenson, a second round pick (48th overall) in the 1980 draft, spent his entire career with the Dolphins and was selected to five straight Pro Bowls (1983-87) and earned starting honors in four of those contests (1983-86). His four Pro Bowl starts are tied for the fourth-most in team history. Stephenson anchored an offensive line which allowed the fewest sacks in the NFL each of his seasons as a starter and enabled Miami to set numerous passing records.


    Jonathan Martin is a semester shy of getting a degree in classics - ancient Greek and Roman history - and he would like to be a trial lawyer someday. He resisted a strong recruiting pitch from Harvard to go to Stanford. Both of Martin's parents, Gus and Jane, are Harvard graduates, and it's believed he would have been the university's first fourth-generation African-American student had he gone there. Martin's great grandfather on his mother's side, John Fitzgerald, graduated from Harvard in 1924 and knew W.E.B. DuBois, the famed sociologist, historian and civil rights activist (and a Harvard man, as well.).


    With the selection of Jonathan Martin, Miami selected a player from Stanford for the fourth time in team history.

    Players drafted by the Dolphins from Stanford

    Year Position Player Round (Overall)

    1997 WR Brian Manning 6 (170)

    1996 G Jeff Buckey 7 (230)

    1978 QB Guy Benjamin 2 (51)

    2012 T Jonathan Martin 2(42)


    Olivier Vernon became the Dolphins the sixteenth player in team history to be drafted by the University of Miami. The Hurricanes have the most drafted players Dolphins annals. It was also the second consecutive year that the Dolphins drafted a player from a Florida school (Mike Pouncey, University of Florida, 2011).

    Players drafted by the Dolphins from the University of Miami

    Year Position Player Round (Overall)

    1966 LB Ed Weisacosky 6 (47)

    1967 DB Tom Beier 10 (241)

    1968 WR Jim Cox 2 (54)

    1968 T Joe Mirto 10 (253)

    1968 LB Ken Corbin 15 (388)

    1973 RB Tom Smith 7 (182)

    1982 DT Bob Nelson 5 (120)

    1982 WR Mike Rodrigue 12 (331)

    1984 LB Jay Brophy 2 (53)

    1988 RB Melvin Bratton 6 (153)

    1990 DB Bobby Harden 12 (315)

    1991 WR Randal Hill 1 (23)

    1991 DB Roland Smith 8 (220)

    1997 WR Yatil Green 1 (15)

    2004 G/T Vernon Carey 1(19)

    2012 LB/DE Olivier Vernon 3 (78)


    Michael Egnew is only fourth player drafted by Miami in team history. Egnew's third round selection is the highest for a Missouri player by the Dolphins and the fifth highest for a tight end drafted by the team.

    Players drafted by the Dolphins from Missouri

    Year Position Player Round (Overall)

    1988 DE Jeff Cross 9 (239)

    1985 WR George Shorthose 6 (145)

    1967 DB Jim Whitaker 12 (295)

    2012 TE Michael Egnew 3 (72)

    Tight ends drafted by the Dolphins

    Year Round (Overall) Player College

    1970 2 (29) Jim Mandich Michigan

    1974 2 (38) Andre Tillman Texas Tech

    1976 2 (49) Loaird McCreary Tennessee State

    1979 3 (65) Ronnie Lee Baylor

    2012 3 (72) Michael Egnew Missouri

    1988 3 (73) Ferrell Edmunds Maryland

    2002 4 (114) Randy McMichael Georgia

    1995 4 (122) Pete Mitchell Boston College

    2003 5 (156) Donald Lee Mississippi State

    2009 5 (161) John Nalbone Monmouth

    1967 6 (138) Bud Norris Washington State

    2011 6 (174) Charles Clay Tulsa

    1997 6 (177) Ed Perry James Madison

    1982 7 (170) Dan Johnson Iowa State

    1980 7 (185) Joe Rose California

    1992 7 (191) Dave Moore Pittsburgh

    1969 8 (193) Bruce Weinstein Yale

    1987 8 (210) Joel Williams Notre Dame

    1985 8 (223) Dan Sharp Texas Christian

    1990 9 (231) Phil Ross Oregon State

    1978 9 (247) Bruce Hardy Arizona State

    1969 10 (245) Jim Mertens Fairmount (W. Va.)

    1975 10 (256) Joe Jackson Penn State

    1981 10 (261) Steve Folsom Utah

    1977 10 (264) Mark Carter Eastern Michigan

    1991 10 (275) Michael Titley Iowa

    1984 10 (277) John Chesley Oklahoma State

    1986 11 (303) Arnold Franklin North Carolina

    1972 12 (311) Ashley Bell Purdue

    1988 12 (320) Brian Kinchen Louisiana State

    1992 12 (321) Milton Biggins Western Kentuck

    1971 14 (359) David Vaughn Memphis State

    1968 14 (362) Ray Blunk Xavier

    1973 15 (389) Bill Palmer St. Thomas (MN)


    With the trade of the second third round pick (73rd overall) to San Diego, Jeff Ireland has now made at least one draft day trade in each of the five drafts that he has been General Manager of the Dolphins.

  • Michael Egnew highlights can be found at
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