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Miami Dolphins 2000s Draft vs. Draft tournament: (1) 2011 vs. (4) 2005

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The second round of our Dolphins 2000s Draft vs. Draft tournament concludes with the top seed in the orange bracket against the fourth seed.

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The fourth and final contest of the second round of our Miami Dolphins 2000s Draft versus Draft tournament is here, with the orange bracket's top-seeded 2011 team facing off against the fourth-seeded 2005 team. This contest will feature Mike Pouncey, Charles Clay, and Jimmy Wilson from the 2011 class against the Ronnie Brown, Channing Crowder class of 2005.

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) 2011 Draft

The 2011 Draft only featured six picks for the Dolphins but landed a multiple Pro Bowl offensive lineman, a starting tight end, and a solid nickel cornerback / safety option for the club. Mike Pouncey headlines the group, having made three Pro Bowls, two at center and one at guard. Daniel Thomas was a disappointment at running back, never turning into the big-bodied, power runner he was expected to be. Clyde Gates was another disappointment, with his speed never turning into a successful NFL career; he spent one season with the Dolphins, recording two receptions, then two seasons with the New York Jets, before ending his career after the 2013 season.

Charles Clay transitioned from a fullback / H-back type into a really good starting tight end; he recorded 161 receptions for 1,809 yards with 14 touchdowns in four seasons with Miami before leaving for the Buffalo Bills on a free agent contract. Kearse showed promise for the Dolphins but was snagged off the practice squad by the Carolina Panthers. Jimmy Wilson played in 60 games over four years with the Dolphins, playing both cornerback and safety; he recorded four interceptions, 16 passes defended, 2 sacks, and 154 tackles in that span before signing as a free agent with the San Diego Chargers in 2015.


The Dolphins traded their second-round pick (46th overall) and a 2010 second-round pick to the Denver Broncos for wide receiver Brandon Marshall.

The Dolphins traded their third-round pick (79th overall), their fifth-round pick (146th overall), and their seventh-round pick (217th overall) to the Washington Redskins for their second-round pick (62nd overall).

The Dolphins traded their sixth-round pick (179th overall) and seventh-round pick (218th overall from Jacksonville) to the Green Back Packers for their sixth-round pick (174th overall from San Francisco) and their seventh-round pick (231st overall from New York Jets via Detroit via San Francisco).

The Dolphins received pick 235 (7th round) as a compensatory pick.

1 15 Mike Pouncey G Florida
2 62 Daniel Thomas RB Kansas St.
4 111 Clyde Gates WR Abilene Christian
6 174 Charles Clay TE Tulsa
7 231 Frank Kearse DT Alabama A&M
7 235 Jimmy Wilson DB Montana

(4) 2005 Draft

The Dolphins used the second overall draft pick on a running back, which would seem insane in today's Draft analysis, but then did make some sense. Ronnie Brown went on to carry the ball 1,128 times in six years with the Dolphins, gaining 4,815 yards with 36 touchdowns, and he was the triggerman for the Wildcat offense, which the Dolphins sprung on the league; paired with Ricky Williams, the Dolphins had a good one-two punch out of the backfield, and Brown was selected to a Pro Bowl in 2008.

Matt Roth was a man in-between positions for the Dolphins, sometimes playing defensive end, sometimes linebacker, in five seasons with Miami, appearing in 65 games with 23 starts, and recording 12.5 sacks with 157 tackles. Channing Crowder played six seasons in the NFL, all with Miami, and he was the epitome of a solid linebacker, always in on a play, but it was hard to point your finger at one spectacular play for Crowder; he recorded 469 career tackles with 2.5 sacks, one interception, three forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries. Travis Daniels spent three years at cornerback for the Dolphins, playing in 44 games with 25 starts, recording three interceptions, 20 passes defended, one fumble recovery, and 125 tackles.


The Dolphins traded their second-round pick (35th overall) to the Philadelphia Eagles for A.J. Feeley.

The Dolphins traded Patrick Surtain and their fifth-round pick (138th overall) to the Kansas City Chiefs for their second-round pick (46th overall) and their fifth-round pick (162nd overall from Green Bay).

The Dolphins traded their third-round pick (66th overall) to the St. Louis Rams for Lamar Gordon.

The Dolphins traded Adewale Ogunleye to the Chicago Bears for Marty Booke and their third-round pick (70th overall).

The Dolphins traded a 2005 conditional sixth-round pick (177th overall) and a player to be named later (Jamar Fletcher) (2004 season) to the San Diego Chargers for David Boston.

Rnd Pick
Pos College/Univ
1 2 Ronnie Brown RB Auburn
2 46 Matt Roth DE Iowa
3 70 Channing Crowder LB Florida
4 104 Travis Daniels DB LSU
5 162 Anthony Alabi T TCU
7 216 Kevin Vickerson DT Michigan St.