Another One Bites the Dust

Nick Saban continued to clear out the draft picks of Dave Wannstedt/Rick Spielman regime on Monday when he released offensive lineman Wade Smith. This latest move simply added another example of some atrocious drafting during a five-year period that clearly set the Dolphins back.

The numbers really are quite staggering. Let's just throw out a few:

From the time Wannstedt took over as Dolphins head coach to Saban's first draft in 2005, the Dolphins selected 11 players on the first day of the draft. Of those 11, only three -- Chris Chambers, Travis Minor and Vernon Carey -- currently are on the Dolphins roster.

Here's the great number, though, four actually are out of the league at this moment: Ben Kelly, Eddie Moore, Taylor Whitley and Smith.

Here's another ugly reminder of those dreadful drafts: During the Wannstedt/Spielman regime, the Dolphins traded away seven first-day picks. For those seven premium picks, the Dolphins got five players in return.

One was Ricky Williams, who obviously put up big numbers for Miami (regardless of your opinions on the worthiness of the trade).

But the other four were Morlon Greenwood, Wade Smith, A.J. Feeley and Lamar Gordon. Yikes!

The Dolphins gave up a second-round pick the following year to draft Greenwood and Smith in the third round because they felt they were worth it. Guess what? They weren't.

That, however, pales in comparison to giving up a straight No. 2 for Feeley and or a third-rounder for Gordon, who had some ability but never got the job done.

So you look back at those 11 players selected, and the only blue-chip player in the bunch is Chambers, a second-round pick in 2001.

So you want to know why the Dolphins haven't been contenders in a while? Look no further than some atrocious drafting.

The Wade Smith move was just another reminder.


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