We have officially reached the second round/Elite Eight level of our Miami Dolphins 2000s Draft versus Draft tournament. We completed the first round with a nearly chalk result, with the top three seeds on both sides of the bracket advancing and the fourth seed on the orange side making it through, while the only upset came on the aqua side, where the fifth seed, the 2007 Draft, beat the fourth seeded 2013 Draft.
Today's Draft contest will kick off the second round, with that fifth seeded 2007 Draft facing off against the aqua's top-seeded 2010 Draft. The 2010 Draft, which included players like Jared Odrick, Koa Misi, and Reshad Jones, beat the 2006 Draft, which was headlined by Jason Allen, by a 98-percent to 2-percent score. The 2007 Draft, which started off with players like Ted Ginn and John Beck but did include solid starters and Pro Bowlers later in the selections with names like Samson Satele, Paul Soliai, and Brandon Fields, upset the 2013 Draft, which started with the trade-up for Dion Jordan, then included Jamar Taylor, Dallas Thomas, Jelani Jenkins, and Dion Sims, by a 63-percent to 37-percent score.
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.
(1) 2010 Draft
The 2010 Draft featured several starters being added to the team, including Pro Bowl safety Reshad Jones in the fifth round. Jared Odrick became a staple at defensive tackle for the Dolphins and is now starting for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Koa Misi is the starting strong side linebacker for Miami, while John Jerry, who got caught up in the Bullygate saga, left Miami after the 2013 season and moved to the New York Giants. Nolan Carroll spent four years in Miami, working as a nickel cornerback for part of the time, then picking up 22 starts in his final two years with the team before signing with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2014. Reshad Jones headlines the Draft for Miami, earning his first Pro Bowl trip this past season as he became one of the top safeties in the league.
The Dolphins traded their first-round pick (12th overall), their fourth-round pick (110th overall), and a sixth-round pick (173rd overall via Kansas City) to the San Diego Chargers for their first-round pick (28th overall), a second-round pick (40th overall via Seattle), a fourth-round pick (126th overall), and linebacker Tim Dobbins.
The Dolphins traded their second-round pick (43rd overall) and a 2011 second-round pick to the Denver Broncos for wide receiver Brandon Marshall.
The Dolphins traded their fifth-round pick (142nd overall) to the Kansas City Chiefs for quarterback Tyler Thigpen.
The Dolphins traded wide receiver Ted Ginn, Jr., to the San Francisco 49ers for their fifth-round pick (145th overall).
The Dolphins traded offensive linemen Andy Alleman and Ikechuku Ndukwe to the Kansas City Chiefs for their sixth-round pick (173rd overall).
The Dolphins traded defensive end Jason Taylor to the Washington Redskins for their sixth-round pick (174th overall) and a 2009 second-round pick.
The Dolphins traded a 2009 seventh-round pick to the Kansas City Chiefs for their seventh-round pick (212th overall).
The Dolphins traded their sixth-round pick (174th overall via Washington) and their seventh round pick (219th overall) to the Washington Redskins for their fifth-round pick (163rd overall).
The Dolphins received pick 252 overall (7th round) as a compensatory pick.
|1||28||Jared Odrick||DE||Penn St.|
|7||212||Chris McCoy||DE||Middle Tenn. St.|
|7||252||Austin Spitler||LB||Ohio St.|
(5) 2007 Draft
The 2007 Draft is buoyed by a couple of players, defensive tackle Paul Soliai, selected in the fourth round, and punter Brandon Fields, selected in the seventh round. Soliai played seven seasons in Miami, earning a Pro Bowl berth in 2011. Fields served as Miami's punter for eight years, being selected to the 2013 Pro Bowl; he averaged 46.8 yards per kick during his time with the Dolphins. The rest of the draft featured some solid players and some disappointments.
First-round pick, wide receiver Ted Ginn, Jr., never lived up to the ninth overall selection, while John Beck was not made to be a franchise quarterback. Samson Satele played two seasons for the Dolphins after being drafted, starting at center for all 32 games those seasons, before Miami traded him to the Oakland Raiders in 2009; Satele came back to the Dolphins in 2014, again starting all 16 games at center. Running back Lorenzo Booker only played one year with the Dolphins, appearing in seven games with one start, and tallying just 28 carries for 125 yards. Fullback Reagan Maui'a, like Booker, only played one season for the Dolphins, appearing in all 16 games in 2007.
The Dolphins traded wide receiver Wes Welker to the New England Patriots for their second-round pick (60th overall) and seventh-round pick (238th overall).
The Dolphins traded their fifth-round pick (145th) to the Detroit Lions for quarterback Joey Harrington (2006 season).
The Dolphins traded kicker Olindo Mare to the New Orleans Saints for their sixth-round pick (199th overall).
The Dolphins received the St. Louis Rams' seventh-round pick (225th overall) as compensation after the Rams signed restricted free agent punter Donnie Jones.
|1||9||Ted Ginn||WR||Ohio St.|
|3||71||Lorenzo Booker||RB||Florida St.|
|6||199||Drew Mormino||C||Central Michigan|
|7||225||Brandon Fields||P||Michigan St.|