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Dolphins 2000s Draft versus Draft Semifinal Game 2: (1) 2011 Draft vs. (2) 2012 Draft

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The Miami Dolphins 2000s Draft versus Draft tournament reaches the Final Four.

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The Miami Dolphins 2000s Draft versus Draft tournament is down to the Final Four, with the top seeds from both sides of the bracket making it into the semifinal round, as well as the second seed from the orange bracket and the third seed from the aqua bracket. This morning, we move on to the second game of the semifinals with the orange's first-seeded 2011 Draft, featuring  Mike Pouncey, Daniel Thomas, Clyde Gates, Charles Clay, Frank Kearse and Jimmy Wilson, facing off against the second-seeded 2012 Draft, with Ryan Tannehill, Johnathan Martin, Olivier Vernon, Michael Egnew, Lamar Miller, Josh Kaddu, B.J. Cunningham, Kheeston Randall and Rishard Matthews.

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

(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