History of Miami Dolphins First-Round NFL Draft Picks All Time

From Larry Csonka to Dan Marino, the Miami Dolphins' first-round picks have always been pivotal in deciding the franchise's direction. That continues today.

The Miami Dolphins have two Super Bowl titles, courtesy of their early first-round NFL Draft picks in the 1960s. Round 1 hasn’t been as kind year over year to the Dolphins as time has gone on, but Miami still finds itself in a competitive position, largely because of the foundational talent acquired in Round 1.

Miami Dolphins First-Round Draft Picks Throughout History

Across their franchise history, the Dolphins have seen three first-round picks ascend to the ranks of the Hall of Fame. The most famous, of course, is quarterback Dan Marino, whom the Dolphins picked 27th overall in the 1983 NFL Draft. Marino was the first NFL QB to break 5,000 yards by almost 25 years and is widely regarded as one of the greatest passers of all time.

Interestingly, many of Miami’s first-round picks in the 21st century — such as Ted Ginn Jr., Vontae Davis, Ryan Tannehill, Laremy Tunsil, and Minkah Fitzpatrick — all went on to have their best seasons after leaving the Dolphins. More recently, Miami has improved at developing and retaining talent.

2024

  • Chop Robinson | Pick 21
    EDGE, Penn State

2023

The Dolphins’ first-round pick was forfeited for violations of the anti-tampering policy.

2022

The Dolphins traded the 29th pick to the Kansas City Chiefs.

2021

  • Jaylen Waddle | Pick 6
    WR, Alabama
  • Jaelan Phillips | Pick 18
    DL, Miami (FL)

2020

  • Tua Tagovailoa | Pick 5
    QB, Alabama
  • Austin Jackson | Pick 18
    OT, USC
  • Noah Igbinoghene | Pick 30
    CB, Auburn

2019

  • Christian Wilkins | Pick 13
    DT, Clemson

2018

  • Minkah Fitzpatrick | Pick 11
    S, Alabama

2017

  • Charles Harris | Pick 22
    OLB, Missouri

2016

  • Laremy Tunsil | Pick 13
    OT, Mississippi

2015

  • DeVante Parker | Pick 14
    WR, Louisville

2014

  • Ja’Wuan James | Pick 19
    OT, Tennessee

2013

  • Dion Jordan | Pick 3
    DE, Oregon

2012

  • Ryan Tannehill | Pick 8
    QB, Texas A&M

2011

  • Mike Pouncey | Pick 15
    G, Florida

2010

  • Jared Odrick | Pick 28
    DE, Penn State

2009

  • Vontae Davis | Pick 25
    DB, Illinois

2008

  • Jake Long | Pick 1
    OT, Michigan

2007

  • Ted Ginn Jr. | Pick 9
    WR, Ohio State

2006

  • Jason Allen | Pick 16
    DB, Tennessee

2005

  • Ronnie Brown | Pick 2
    RB, Auburn

2004

  • Vernon Carey | Pick 19
    OT, Miami (FL)

2003

The Dolphins traded the 18th pick to the New Orleans Saints.

2002

The Dolphins traded the 25th pick to the New Orleans Saints.

2001

  • Jamar Fletcher | Pick 26
    DB, Wisconsin

2000

The Dolphins traded the 23rd pick to the Carolina Panthers.

1999

The Dolphins traded the 24th pick to the San Francisco 49ers and the 27th pick to the Detroit Lions.

1998

  • John Avery | Pick 29
    RB, Mississippi

1997

  • Yatil Green | Pick 15
    WR, Miami (FL)

1996

  • Daryl Gardener | Pick 20
    DT, Baylor

1995

  • Billy Milner | Pick 25
    OT, Houston

1994

  • Tim Bowens | Pick 20
    DT, Mississippi

1993

  • O.J. McDuffie | Pick 25
    WR, Penn State

1992

  • Troy Vincent | Pick 7
    DB, Wisconsin
  • Marco Coleman | Pick 12
    DE, Georgia Tech

1991

  • Randal Hill | Pick 23
    WR, Miami (FL)

1990

  • Richmond Webb | Pick 9
    OT, Texas A&M

1989

  • Sammie Smith | Pick 9
    RB, Florida State
  • Louis Oliver | Pick 25
    DB, Florida

1988

  • Eric Kumerow | Pick 16
    DE, Ohio State

1987

  • John Bosa | Pick 16
    DE, Boston College

1986

The Dolphins traded the 25th pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

1985

  • Lorenzo Hampton | Pick 27
    RB, Florida

1984

  • Jackie Shipp | Pick 14
    LB, Oklahoma

1983

  • Dan Marino* | Pick 27
    QB, Pittsburgh

1982

  • Roy Foster | Pick 24
    G, USC

1981

  • David Overstreet | Pick 13
    RB, Oklahoma

1980

  • Don McNeal | Pick 21
    DB, Alabama

1979

  • Jon Giesler | Pick 24
    OT, Michigan

1978

The Dolphins traded the 24th pick to the San Francisco 49ers.

1977

  • A.J. Duhe | Pick 13
    LB, LSU

1976

  • Larry Gordon | Pick 17
    LB, Arizona State
  • Kim Bokamper | Pick 19
    DE, San Jose State

1975

  • Darryl Carlton | Pick 23
    OT, Tampa

1974

  • Don Reese | Pick 26
    DT, Jackson State

1973

The Dolphins traded the 26th pick to the Buffalo Bills.

1972

  • Mike Kadish | Pick 25
    DT, Notre Dame

1971

The Dolphins traded the 22nd pick to the Baltimore Colts.

1970

The Dolphins traded the third pick to the Cleveland Browns.

1969

  • Bill Stanfill | Pick 11
    DE, Georgia

1968

  • Larry Csonka* | Pick 8
    RB, Syracuse
  • Doug Crusan | Pick 27
    OT, Indiana

1967

  • Bob Griese* | Pick 4
    QB, Purdue

1966

  • Jim Grabowski | Pick 1
    RB, Illinois
  • Rick Norton | Pick 2
    QB, Kentucky

*Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

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