How seven years of bad drafts are still killing the Dolphins

The Daily Dolphin

Ricky Williams reacts to scoring on a long run in the fourth quarter against the Raiders on Nov. 28, 2010. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post) Ricky Williams reacts to scoring on a long run in the fourth quarter against the Raiders on Nov. 28, 2010. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

The first round of the NFL draft is a big deal, right? Sure, I think so and you think so and ESPN — the network that welcomes America to gorge on this cornucopia of rampant speculation — thinks so, too.

The thing is, the Miami Dolphins didn’t seem to care a whole lot about the opening round of the draft for quite a long period during the Jimmy Johnson/Dave Wannstedt years. No. 1 picks became bargaining chips, traded away by the handful, and when the Dolphins did decide to use them, they didn’t do a very good job of it.

There was a seven-year period from 1997-2003 (we’ll call them the “Sinkhole Seven” years) when the Dolphins drafted just three players in the first round, none of…

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