Looking back at the Miami Dolphins 1979 Draft - A historical perspective

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We are 29 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 1979 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 33 days, the newest members of the professional football fraternity will be selected and welcomed.

To get us through those 33 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 1978 selections.

Rnd Pick Player Pos School Remarks
1 24 Jon Giesler T Michigan Played for Dolphins 1979-1988
2 53 Jeff Toews G Washington Played for Dolphins 1979-1985
3 61 Tony Nathan RB Alabama Received from Tampa Bay Buccaneers for Randy Crowder (Aug. 21, 1978); Played from Dolphins 1979-1987; 1 First Team All Pro
3 63 Mel Land LB Michigan St. Received from New York Giants for RB Larry Csonka (Apr. 6, 1976); Played for Dolphins 1979; San Francisco 49ers 1980
3 65 Ronnie Lee T Baylor Received from New Orleans for Don Reese (Aug. 22, 1978); Played for Dolphins 1979-1982; Atlanta Falcons 1983; Dolphins 1984-1989; Seattle Seahawks 1990-1992
3 79 NO PICK Traded to Atlanta Falcons for Ralph Ortega (Apr. 18, 1979)
4 107 Steve Howell FB Baylor Played for Dolphins 1979-1981
5 134 Don Bessillieu DB Georgia Tech Played for Dolphins 1979-1981; St. Louis Cardinals 1982; Los Angeles Raiders 1983, 1985
6 162 Steve Lindquist G Nebraska Did not play
7 189 Uwe von Schamann K Oklahoma Played for Dolphins 1979-1984
8 206 Jeff Groth WR Bowling Green Received from Washington Redskins for Jim Mandich (May 11, 1978); Played for Dolphins 1979; Houston Oilers 1979-1980; New Orleans Saints 1981-1985
8 215 Glenn Blackwood DB Texas Received from Denver Broncos for Jim Kiick (Apr. 1, 1976); Played for Dolphins 1979-1987
8 217 NO PICK Traded to Tampa Bay Buccaneers for Council Rudolph (Jul. 5, 1978)
9 244 Jeff Weston T Notre Dame Played for New York Giants 1979-1982
10 258 Jerome Stanton DB Michigan St. Received from Detroit Lions for Karl Baldischwiler (Aug. 28, 1978); Did not play
10 272 Mike Kozlowski DB Colorado Played for Dolphins 1979, 1981-1986
11 299 Mike Blanton DE Georgia Tech Did not play
12 327 Larry Fortner QB Miami Did not play
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