The Miami Dolphins Draft vs. Draft tournament we have run here on The Phinsider over the last couple of weeks has been a fairly chalk affair. The first round saw just one upset, with the fifth-seeded 2007 Draft beating the fourth-seeded 2013 Draft on the aqua side of the bracket. The second round then again saw just one upset, as the aqua's third-seeded 2014 Draft beat the second-seeded 2015 Draft. Then came the semifinals, with the final four drafts still standing including the top seeds from both sides of the bracket, the orange's second seed, and the aqua's third-seed.
Both top seeds then lost. The aqua bracket saw the third-seeded 2014 continue its run, beating the top-seeded 2010 Draft. The orange had the second-seeded 2012 Draft upset the first-seeded 2011 Draft. That brings us to our final matchup, with the 2012 Draft facing off against the 2014 Draft. That translates to Ryan Tannehill, Olivier Vernon, Lamar Miller, and Rishard Matthews facing off against Ja'Wuan James, Jarvis Landry, Billy Turner, Matt Hazel, and Terrence Fede.
To decide the winner, all you have to do is vote in the poll below. Here is a recap of both Drafts one final time:
(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).
|1||8||Ryan Tannehill||QB||Texas A&M|
|3||72||Olivier Vernon||LB||Miami (FL)|
|4||97||Lamar Miller||RB||Miami (FL)|
|6||183||B.J. Cunningham||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|