Dan Marino -- 1983 (No. 27 overall)
It's a story that we all know -- Marino slid to the Dolphins at the end of the first round of the much-heralded 1983 draft, behind the likes of John Elway, Jim Kelly, Ken O'Brien, Tony Eason and Todd Blackledge. Over the next 17 seasons Marino emerged as one of the best QBs to have ever played the game, cemented a Hall of Fame spot, but never won a Super Bowl ... more about that later. Marino jerseys still out-number any other at Dolphins games 14 years after he retired.
» 1983 NFL Draft | Photos: Marino through the years
Larry Csonka -- 1968 (No. 8 overall)
Csonka blossomed under Don Shula and was one of the best-known characters of Miami's dominance in the early-1970s. However, it was Shula's predecessor as coach, George Wilson, and GM Joe Thomas -- the architect of their '70s Super Bowl teams -- who plucked Csonka from Syracuse in 1968. Csonka was the bell-cow back on Shula's teams, a feared running back who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987.
Ted Ginn Jr. -- 2007 (No. 9 overall)
The most recent of Miami's succession of draft busts is Ted Ginn, although we could easily toss in Ronnie Brown (2005), Jason Allen (2006) or even Jake Long (2008). Ginn arrived in Miami to much fanfare, with erstwhile coach Cam Cameron heralding not just Ginn's burning speed, but also Ginn's family, as reasons he was a can't-miss pick for the Dolphins. Three seasons later, he was given to the 49ers for a fifth-round pick. Ironically, the player Dolphins fans wanted in 2007 was QB Brady Quinn, who showed up on the Browns' list of draft busts. They could, however, have picked Darrelle Revis or Patrick Willis in Ginn's place.
John Bosa and Eric Kumerow -- 1987 (No. 16 overall), 1988 (No. 16 overall)http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap100000 ... raft-picks
In the pre-free agency era when NFL teams were built exclusively through the draft, missing on a first-round pick was even more costly than it is today. When Don Shula did it in back-to-back drafts in 1986 and 1987 as he looked to develop a defense to complement the Dolphins' high-flying Dan Marino-led offense, he effectively doomed the franchise to constantly come up short when it counted in the playoffs. Both Bosa and Kumerow were drafted higher than their talent should have dictated, and neither player started a single game during three years as Dolphins. Pundits point to Marino's lack of Super Bowl rings and say he choked in the postseason. The truth is that Shula's poor drafting in Marino's early years led to his status as the eternal bridesmaid. I can't split Bosa and Kumerow, so you'll have to vote on it for me.