Looking back at the Miami Dolphins 1980 Draft - A historical perspective

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We are 27 days from the NFL Draft. To get us through those days, we will take a daily look at the Miami Dolphins draft history. We will work our way up to the 2013 Draft, just before we settle in for the 2014 selection process. We continue with the 1980 Draft today.

While the NFL free agency period is still ongoing, with the potential for the Miami Dolphins to still add more players, the focus around the league is starting to turn toward the NFL Draft. In 27 days, the newest members of the professional football fraternity will be selected and welcomed.

To get us through those 27 days, we will take a look at each of the Dolphins' 48 previous Drafts. We will take a look at one per day, with a couple of extras thrown in, just to make sure we make it through all 48 selection processes.

Today, we continue with the 1980 selections.

Rnd Pick Player Pos School Remarks
1 21 Don McNeal DB Alabama Played for Dolphins 1980-1989
2 48 Dwight Stephenson C Alabama Played for Dolphins 1980-1987; 5 Pro Bowls; 4 First Team All Pro; Hall of Fame (1998)
3 75 Bill Barnett DE Nebraska Played for Dolphins 1980-1985
4 100 Elmer Bailey WR Minnesota Played for Dolphins 1980-1981; Baltimore Colts 1982
5 132 NO PICK Traded to Washington Redskins (with RB Benny Malone) for FB Jim Braxton and 1979 third round pick (Oct. 10, 1978) (Pick subsequently traded to Seattle Seahawks)
6 158 Eugene Byrd WR Michigan St. Did not play
7 185 Joe Rose TE California Played for Dolphins 1980-1985; Los Angeles Rams 1987
8 212 Jeff Allen DB California-Davis Played for Dolphins 1980; San Diego Chargers 1982
8 214 David Woodley QB LSU Received from Washington Redskins for TE Jim Mandich and 1979 8th round pick (May 11, 1978); Played for Dolphins 1980-1983; Pittsburgh Steelers 1984-1985
9 239 Mark Goodspeed T Nebraska Played for St. Louis Cardinals 1980
10 271 Doug Lantz C Miami (OH) Did not play
10 272 Ben Long LB South Dakota Received from Philadelphia Eagles for 11th round pick; Did not play
11 279 Phil Driscoll DE Mankato St. Received from San Francisco 49ers sending DB Charles Cornelius; Did not play
11 298 NO PICK Traded to Philadelphia Eagles for 10th round pick
11 302 NO PICK Traded to Philadelphia Eagles for 10th round pick
12 325 Chuck Stone G North Carolina St. Did not play
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