#ThrowbackThursday: Dolphins select Brian Hartline in fourth round (2009)

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Our #ThrowbackThursday this week jumps us back to five years ago this week, when the Miami Dolphins used a fourth round draft pick on a "not overly productive" wide receiver from Ohio State who had "just average speed." We look back at the Dolphins adding Brian Hartline - who, let's say proved the skeptic wrong and explained pretty well why the Dolphins picked him.

This post was originally written by Matt Infante on April 26, 2009.

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Rd. # Player Pos. College
4 108 Brian Hartline
WR Ohio St.

With their fourth round pick, the Dolphins have selected another wide receiver - Brian Hartline.  Hartline checks in at 6'1 5/8" and 195 pounds.  He ran a 4.53 40 yard dash at the Combine back in February.

At Ohio State, Hartline caught just 90 balls in 3 years for 1,429 yards and 12 touchdowns.  Below is his scouting report from Draft Countdown:

Strengths: Good athlete...Adequate height and decent bulk...Big, soft hands...Is smart with good awareness...Nice ball skills...Tough and physical...A great special teamer...Excellent  blocker...Competitive...Hard  worker.

Weaknesses: Just average speed...Doesn't get a lot of separation...Isn't a vertical threat...Will drop some catchable balls...Has a tough time beating the jam..Not overly productive...Never a featured target...Limited upside.

This pick I don't really understand.  Perhaps it says something about their confidence in Brandon London?  Or maybe Greg Camarillo is still a ways off from recovering from his ACL tear?  I think there were other needs here to be addressed and another WR wasn't a priority at this point.

Discuss below...

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