Top 5 Worst Draft Picks- Miami Dolphins
These guys were brought in to help the team win, but couldn't accomplish anything on the field. Today I rank the top five worst draft picks by the Miami Dolphins.
5. Yatil Green
He couldn't stay healthy long enough to get on the field.
Yatil Green was drafted 15th overall in 1997 by Miami. The prototype of a wide receiver was brought in to help bring youth to the Dolphins receiving corps. On the very first day of training camp, he tore both his quadriceps muscles, ACL, and cartilage in his right knee. Green came back the next year and again tore the same ACL in training camp. In his third and only season playing, he played in nine games catching 18 receptions for 234 yards and no touchdowns. After three years and a total of 10 surgeries on his right knee, he was cut by the Dolphins after the 1999 season.
4. Ted Ginn Jr.
He was a fast and had great ability as a return specialist, but he lacked the hands to be a great receiver.
At Ohio State, Ted Ginn Jr. was always the fastest man on the field. He finished his career as a Buckeye with 125 receptions for 1,943 yards and 15 touchdowns in 37 games. He also rushed for 213 yards, returned 38 kickoffs for 1,012 yards, and gained 900 yards on 64 punt returns.
Ginn was selected ninth overall in 2007. Although he proved himself as a deadly return man, he lacked most of the tools to be a great receiver. He struggled with drops throughout his time in Miami and wasn't the greatest route runner. Ginn has played for three teams since leaving Miami, but hasn't proven to anyone to be anything more than a kick returner.
3. John Bosa
He was brought in to help the defense match up with Miami's offense, but he could put up production.
At Boston College, John Bosa was a force at defensive end for the Eagles.
Bosa was selected 16th overall in 1987. He didn't fit with the team from day one. In his three years with the Dolphins, he recorded only seven sacks and never started a game. One hopes that his sons Joey and Nick don't have the same level of NFL failure when they decide to go pro.
2. Jamar Fletcher
He was a head scratcher pick from the beginning and he did little to help the team.
At Wisconsin, Jamar Fletcher was a playmaker in the Badger's secondary. He was a key member of the team's back-to-back Rose Bowl championship teams, and remains the Badgers' all-time career interceptions with 21 total interceptions in three seasons of college football.
Fletcher was selected 26th overall in 2001. The pick was questionable at best due to the Dolphins already having two pro bowl cornerbacks in Sam Madison and Patrick Surtain on the roster. The team had just lost Dan Marino to retirement two years earlier. Fletcher only recorded two interceptions in his three years with Miami and the Dolphins let a quarterback like Drew Brees slip through their grasp.
1. Eric Kumerow
John Bosa's brother in law was an even bigger draft bust.
At Ohio State, Eric Kumerow was a versatile defender, able to play linebacker and defensive end.
Kumerow was selected 16th overall in 1988. For the second straight year, the Dolphins swung and missed on a defensive end in the first round. Kumerow never started a game in his three seasons in Miami and only registered five sacks. The previous year, the Dolphins had one of the leagues worst rushing offenses. So if they were smart, they would have selected future Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas. Pairing Thomas with Dan Marino would have made the offense almost unstoppable.