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Miami Dolphins 2000s Draft vs. Draft tournament: (2) 2012 vs. (3) 2009


The Miami Dolphins 2000s Draft versus Draft tournament continues with the second round with our eleventh contest.

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The Miami Dolphins 2000s Draft versus Draft tournament continues today with the 11th contest in the tournament, the third contest of the second round/Elite Eight level. This game will feature the orange side's second-seeded 2012 Draft facing off against the third-seeded 2009 Draft. That pits the Ryan Tannehill, Olivier Vernon, Lamar Miller, and Rishard Matthews draft against the Vontae Davis, Sean Smith, Brian Hartline, and Chris Clemons 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.

(2) 2012 Draft

The Dolphins' 2012 Draft could be a number one seed, if not for some disappointing - and one disastrous - picks this year. Ryan Tannehill, who has started every game at quarterback since being selected in the top of Miami's draft, still has some question marks surrounding him, especially after a plateaued 2015 campaign, but he will hopefully bounce back this season. In the second round, Miami appeared to pick up a first-round talent offensive tackle to solidify the offensive line, only to have Jonathan Martin spin the team into a world of investigations, bullying, and more when he left the team during the 2013 season. His departure and allegations against Richie Incognito decimated the team.

Olivier Vernon turned into a top talent defensive end but priced himself out of Miami this year when he signed with the New York Giants on a contract paying him $17 million a season. Michael Egnew never adjusted to the NFL level. Lamar Miller was under-utilized y the Dolphins the past few seasons, and ultimately decided to sign with the Houston Texans this offseason rather than staying in his hometown. Josh Kaddu showed some promise in training camp but was ultimately released by the team during the 2013 season.  B.J. Cunningham did not make it through training camp and has since bounced around the league, playing now in the Canadian Football League.

Kheeston Randall appeared in 12 games for the Dolphins as a rookie but was released in training camp the next year. Rishard Matthews outplayed a seventh-round draft pick's expectation, developing into a solid number two receiver for the team last year and being on pace for a 1,000-yard receiving season before broken ribs ended his season; he signed as a free agent with the Tennessee Titans this offseason.


The Dolphins traded wide receiver Brandon Marshall to the Chicago Bears for their third-round pick (73rd overall from Carolina) and a 2013 third-round pick.

The Dolphins traded the third-round pick (73rd overall from Carolina via Chicago) to San Diego Chargers for a third-round pick (78th overall) and a sixth-round pick (183rd overall).

The Dolphins traded the fourth-round pick (103rd overall) and sixth round pick (196th overall from New Orleans) to the San Francisco 49ers for their fourth-round pick (97th overall).

The Dolphins traded the fifth-round pick (145th overall) to the Tennessee Titans for their fifth-round pick (155th overall) and seventh round pick (227th overall).

The Dolphins traded Jonathon Amaya and their sixth-round pick (179th overall) to the New Orleans Saints for Reggie Bush and their sixth-round pick (196th overall).

Rnd Pick
Pos College/Univ
1 8 Ryan Tannehill QB Texas A&M
2 42 Jonathan Martin T Stanford
3 72 Olivier Vernon LB Miami (FL)
3 78 Michael Egnew TE Missouri
4 97 Lamar Miller RB Miami (FL)
5 155 Josh Kaddu LB Oregon
6 183 B.J. Cunningham WR Michigan St.
7 215 Kheeston Randall DT Texas
7 227 Rishard Matthews WR Nevada

(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.

Rnd Pick
Pos College/Univ
1 25 Vontae Davis DB Illinois
2 44 Pat White QB West Virginia
2 61 Sean Smith DB Utah
3 87 Patrick Turner WR USC
4 108 Brian Hartline WR Ohio St.
5 161 John Nalbone TE Monmouth
5 165 Chris Clemons DB Clemson
6 181 Andrew Gardner T Georgia Tech
7 214 J.D. Folsom LB Weber St.