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George Selvie runs over LT Dallas Thomas

Entering this season, I felt like Miami’s biggest hole would probably be the left side of the offensive line. After watching our left tackle position spend a significant amount of game time on their backs against the Cowboys, my concerns about that position have only grown.

I have to shake my head and wonder why most offensive linemen that Miami takes outside of the first round have a tendency to stink on ice. You expect to get some Duds….but outside the first round not a single Stud? How about a solid performer? Not even that?

For those of you who point the finger at Jeff Ireland, let me say that this problem goes WAY beyond Ireland. This has been an issue dating back to the last days of Shula.

Billy Milner? Andrew Greene? Remember them? They were taken in 1995, Shula’s last year.

Milner was a 1st round pick who played all of 9 games for the Fins before being traded, so at least he netted us TE Troy Drayton.

Andrew Greene (2nd rounder) had asolidcareer…..withthe Saskatchewan Roughriders.Then came Jimmy Johnson….he failed to draft a single decent offensive lineman. (Hell, he failed to draft a single solid offensive player.) Todd Wade was servicable at best, but for a first round pick he should of been a HELLUVA lot more.Jeff Buckey (7th)? Brent Smith (3rd)? Jerome Daniels (4th)? Grey Ruegamer (3rd) and Joe Wong (7th)? Ugh!

Scott Shaw (5th), Nathan Strikwerda (6th), and Jim Bundren (7th)? Hell, that was half of the Dolphins 1998 draft. LOL

Dave Wannstedt….need I say more? He did draft Vernon Carey, who was decent for a few years. But again, he was another first rounder. (And we traded up one spot to get him.)

Under Wanny, Miami failed with Shawn Draper (5th), Brandon Winey (6th), Wade Smith (3rd), Taylor Whitley (3rd), Tim Provost (6th), Rex Hadnot (6th), and Tony Pape (7th).

I guess techincally Miami did not fail with Seth McKinney (3rd round) since he played in 61 games for the Dolphins. But you would be hard pressed to argue that he was anything more than serviceable.

Nick Saban did even worse….Joe Toledo (4th)? Anthony Alabi (5th)? Really?

In came Cam Cameron to “Fail forward” with the likes of Samson Satele (3rd round) and Drew Mormino (6th round).

Then it’s Bill Parcells turn….Jake Long and Mike Pouncey are Pro Bowlers, but also taken in the 1st round.

I guess John Jerry and Jonathan Martin are still on the roster. But for how much longer?

Gone already are Donald Thomas (6th) and Andrew Gardner (6th).

In fact, the last Dolphin offensive lineman to make the Pro Bowl who wasn’t drafted in the first round was Tim Ruddy, a 2nd round pick in 1994. That was almost 20 years ago! So this problem goes far beyond Ireland.

Is there a disconnect somewhere within the scouting department? How can a team fail with their OL draft picks outside of the 1st round for almost 2 decades?

I know it is early in the careers of Dallas Thomas and Jonathan Martin, but history is not on their side. I certainly hope they find a way to break the long running trend.

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