Okay Okay, I admit it Shula is the Greatest Ever. There is no one that gives me a harder time hurting the butts of Dolfans than Shula. But even the greats have some low points.
In 1990 the Dolphins sought to build the left side of the offensive line in one draft. And they were successful. Richmond Webb and Keith Sims played in a combined 326 games. They were among the best pass protectors in the NFL. In Shula’s last year, 1995, the Dolphins tried to do the same thing on the right side of the offensive line.
Like Webb and Sims, Billy Milner and Andrew Green were the first two picks of their respective drafts. But unlike Webb and Sims, Milner and Green played in an uninspiring 40 total games. It should have been easier to duplicate the success of Webb and Sims on the right side of the line – but it didn’t work out that way.
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In 1988 and 1989 the Dolphins selected two very productive safeties in the 2nd round of each draft. Louis Oliver and Jarvis Williams combined for 33 total interceptions in their time with the Dolphins. But for those successful 2nd round picks the 1988 and 1989 might be better known as total failure. That is because the first round picks in each of those two drafts were Sammie Smith and Eric Kumerow. Each played in over 40 games for the Dolphins, but Smith is notable among long time Dolfans for his fumbles, while Kumerow is still the Dolphins biggest first round reach.
Sammie Smith is an example of the Dolphins misses at running back during the Marino era. Another good example of this is John Avery. An example of a running back miss before Marino is David Overstreet the first round pick of the 1981 draft. He played in 14 games. But hey at least we nabbed Marino two years later.
Five years before Marino, the Dolphins drafted some guy to play quarterback. No really, some guy: Guy Benjamin was the first pick of the 1978 draft for the Dolphins, albeit a 2nd rounder. Here is a picture of Guy Benjamin. Probably gonna have to ask one of the elder Dolfans about who Benjamin is. I have no idea who he is. But he probably makes your butt hurt.
Oh and that magical ’72 season with that incredible trio of running backs, well it started with a bang with the drafting of Gary Kousins in the 2nd round. Kousins was a running back and I guess you can’t fault him for failing to nail down the starting job. I can’t find a picture of Gary Kousins. So here is a picture of another Gary.
Honestly though, there wasn’t too much butt hurting during the Shula years. A couple of bad selections here and there. A couple of guys who careers were derailed because of injury, like Randall Hill. But wherever there is a draft – there is a pokey.
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