We have officially completed three-fourths of the first round in our Miami Dolphins 2000s Draft versus Draft tournament. On the orange side of the bracket, we have already seen the tipoff of the top-seeded 2011 Draft against the eighth-seeded 2000 Draft, as well as the fourth-seeded 2005 Draft and the fifth-seeded 2005 Draft. This morning, we will tipoff the penultimate game from this round, with the third-seeded 2009 Draft facing off against the sixth-seeded 2001 Draft.
Each day over the next couple of weeks, we will present a poll, where you can vote on which of the two drafts you think was better. We will then move the draft receiving the most votes on to the next round of the tournament, eventually crowning a champion draft for the Dolphins from the 2000s.
Vote in other draft vs. draft contestsGame 7: (3) 2009 vs. (6) 2001
(3) 2009 Draft
The 2009 Draft for the Dolphins found some really talented players and had some absolute busts. Vontae Davis and Sean Smith should have given Miami a pair of dominating cornerbacks for years to come, but both of them fizzled in Miami, only to go on to have better careers with the Indianapolis Colts and Kansas City Chiefs, respectively. In between those two picks was the inexplicable choice by Bill Parcells to grab quarterback Pat White, who may best be remembered as the guy every fan thought had been killed along the sidelines when he tried to run with the ball and Ike Taylor of the Pittsburgh Steelers knocked him out cold.
Patrick Turner should have been a good receiver coming out of USC, but never really did anything in his one season with the Dolphins, or this three years with the New York Jets. Wide receiver Brian Hartline spent six years with the Dolphins, starting 69 games and catching 298 passes for 4,243 yards with 12 touchdowns over that span, including back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving seasons in 2012 and 2013. Safety Chris Clemons spent five years with Miami, starting 48 games and appearing in 72 total, recording 278 tackles with 4 interceptions, 17 passes defended, 2 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries, and 1.5 sacks, picking up a reputation as a solid player who always seemed to be in the right place at the right time, but was not going to make the spectacular play very often.
The Dolphins traded defensive end Jason Taylor to the Washington Redskins for their second-round pick (44th overall) and a 2010 sixth-round pick.
The Dolphins traded their second-round pick (56th overall) to the Indianapolis Colts for their second-round pick (61st overall) and their fifth-round pick (165th overall).
The Dolphins traded center Samson Satele and their fourth-round pick (126th overall) to the Oakland Raiders for their fourth-round pick (108th overall) and their sixth-round pick (181st overall).
The Dolphins traded Jason Ferguson and a 2008 sixth-round pick (2008 season) to the Dallas Cowboys for their sixth-round pick (197th overall) and a 2008 sixth-round pick.
The Dolphins traded Travis Daniel to the Cleveland Browns for their seventh-round pick (214th overall).
The Dolphins traded their seven-round pick (232nd overall) to the Jacksonville Jaguars for Tony McDaniel.
The Dolphins traded quarterback Josh McCown to the Carolina Panthers for their seventh-round pick (237th overall).
The Dolphins traded their seventh-round pick (237th overall from Carolina) to the Kansas City Chiefs for a 2010 seventh-round pick.
|2||44||Pat White||QB||West Virginia|
|4||108||Brian Hartline||WR||Ohio St.|
|6||181||Andrew Gardner||T||Georgia Tech|
|7||214||J.D. Folsom||LB||Weber St.
(6) 2001 Draft
The 2001 Draft for the Dolphins is highlighted by their second-round pick, wide receiver Chris Chambers who spent seven seasons with the Dolphins, catching 405 passes for 5,688 yards with 43 touchdowns in 100 games played (90 starts). First-round pick Jamar Fletcher spent three years with Dolphins, but never really became a starting defensive back, playing 41 games with just 6 starts, with two interceptions, 12 passes defended, and 55 tackles. Travis Minor played for six years with Miami, primarily as a reserve running back, tallying 277 carries for 1,133 yards with eight touchdowns; he also worked as a kick returner early in his career, returning 84 kickoffs for an average of 21.9 yards per return. Morlon Greenwood played for four years in Miami, starting at outside linebacker for much of that time; he recorded three sacks and 298 tackles.
The rest of the picks for the Dolphins, Shawn Draper, Brandon Winey, Josh Heupel, Otis Leverette, and Rick Crowell never played a game for the team.
The Dolphins traded their second-round pick (56th overall) and their fourth-round pick (122nd overall) to the Dallas Cowboys for their second-round pick (52nd overall).
The Dolphins traded their 2002 second-round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles for their third-round pick (88th overall) and their sixth-round pick (187th overall).
The Dolphins traded Nate Jacquet (2000 season) to the San Diego Chargers for a 2001 conditional pick (164th overall).
The Dolphins traded Barron Tanner (1999 season) to the Washington Redskins for their sixth-round pick (177th overall).
The Dolphins traded Brent Bartholomew (2000 season) to the Chicago Bears for their seventh-round pick (208 overall) and their 2000 seventh-round pick.
The Dolphins traded their seventh-round pick (208th overall from Chicago) to the Chicago Bears for Alonzo Mayes.
The Dolphins traded their seventh-round pick (2000 season) to the Washington Redskins for Matt Turk.
|3||85||Travis Minor||RB||Florida St.|
|6||188||Rick Crowell||LB||Colorado St.