We continue with the second round/Elite Eight level of our Miami Dolphins 2000s Draft versus Draft tournament. Today will be the second game of the second round or the tenth game overall.
Today's Draft contest will feature the 3rd seed on the aqua side, the 2014 Draft Vs. the 2nd seed on the aqua side, the 2015 Draft. The 2014 Draft, which featured the likes of Ja'Wuan James, Billy Turner and wideout Jarvis Landry defeated the 2003 Draft, who's first draft pick was the forgettable linebacker, Eddie Moore, taking the game by a landslide score of 96 percent to 4 percent. The 2015 Draft, which was highlighted by the selection of apparent star to be, wide receiver DeVante Parker and also included nose tackle Jordan Phillips and running back Jay Ajayi defeated the 2004 draft that was highlighted by the selection of Vernon Carey with the rest of the draft somewhat snooze-worthy, winning by yet another resounding score of 95 percent to 5 percent.
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.
(2) 2015 Draft
This may be a bit high for a Draft that happened less than a year ago, but the promise of what could be with some of these players bounced it into a second seed position. Wide receiver DeVante Parker, who missed most of the summer after having to have foot surgery, looked like the receiver the Dolphins wanted by the end of the season. Now, he just has to bring it into his second season, when the team is likely to look to Parker to take over the top spot on the depth chart, freeing up Jarvis Landry to run the underneath routes in which he excels. Jordan Phillips is still developing, but should see more playing time this year next to Ndamukong Suh, while Jamil Douglas will be in the mix for a guard position.
The group of fifth-round picks includes Bobby McCain, who could be the team's nickel cornerback this year, Jay Ajayi, who appears to be the starting running back, Cedric Thompson, a safety who spent the 2015 season on the Dolphins' practice squad, but has since signed with the New England Patriots, and Tony Lippett, who showed flashes in his rookie year of a player who has the talent to play cornerback as he adjusts from playing wide receiver in college.
The Dolphins traded their second-round pick (47th overall) to the Philadelphia Eagles for their second round pick (52nd overall) and their two fifth-round picks (145, 156 overall).
The Dolphins traded their third-round pick (78th overall) and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe to the New Orleans Saints for wide receiver Kenny Stills.
The Dolphins traded their seventh-round pick (232nd overall via San Francisco) and wide receiver Mike Wallace to the Minnesota Vikings for their fifth-round pick (149 overall).
The Dolphins traded their seventh-round pick (231st overall) to the Baltimore Ravens for offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie (2013 season).
|4||114||Jamil Douglas||G||Arizona St.|
|5||149||Jay Ajayi||RB||Boise St.|
|5||156||Tony Lippett||WR||Michigan St.|
(3) 2014 Draft
This draft could find its way toward the finals of this tournament, and could be deserving of a higher seed over the next few years. Offensive tackle Ja'Wuan James is the team's starting right tackle and appears to have that spot locked in for the next several years. Jarvis Landry is a ridiculous second-round pick, has already earned a Pro Bowl berth, was named the Dolphins' 2015 MVP, set the team's rookie record for receptions in 2014 (84) and shattered the team's single-season receptions record in 2015 (110); he does everything for the Dolphins from punt and kick return duties to playing every receiving position on the team.
Billy Turner struggled in 2015 when thrust into the starting lineup, but he does appear to have the early lead in reclaiming that spot in 2016. Walt Aikens has become a special teams asset. Matt Hazel looks like the fourth- or fifth receiver on the Dolphins' roster this year. Terrence Fede should continue to develop as a pass rusher behind Cameron Wake, Mario Williams, and Andre Branch.
The Dolphins traded their second-round pick (50th overall) to the San Diego Chargers for their second-round pick (57th overall) and a fourth-round pick (125th overall).
The Dolphins traded their second-round pick (57th overall via San Diego) to the San Francisco 49ers for their second-round pick (63rd overall) and fifth-round pick (171 overall).
The Dolphins traded their third-round pick (81st overall) and a fourth-round pick (116th overall) to the Oakland Raiders for their third-round pick (67th overall).
|3||67||Billy Turner||T||North Dakota St.|
|6||190||Matt Hazel||WR||Coastal Carolina|