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CRUNCHING THE NUMBERS: The Dolphins’ 2014 Draft

Posted May 12, 2014

Wrapping up the Dolphins’ 2014 draft from a statistical standpoint.

• The Dolphins ended up with eight selections in the 2014 NFL draft, the third consecutive year and the seventh time in the past eight years they used more than seven picks over the seven rounds.

• The eight selections consisted of five players on offense and three on defense, the sixth time in the past eight drafts more offensive players were selected.

• Ja’Wuan James from Tennessee became the 10th offensive linemen taken in the first round by the Dolphins, following Mike Pouncey (2011), Jake Long (2008), Vernon Carey (2004), Billy Milner (1995), Richmond Webb (1990), Roy Foster (1982), Jon Giesler (1979), Darryl Carlton (1975), and Doug Crusan (1968).

• Offensive linemen have now tied defensive linemen for most first-round picks in Dolphins history.

• This marked the 10th time in franchise history that each of the Dolphins’ first three picks were spent on offensive players. It also happened in 2011, 2007, 1999, 1995, 1981, 1979, 1975, 1973 and 1967.

• The three trades made on Friday tied for the most Dolphins deals in one day since 1999 when they made four trades on April 17. The Dolphins also made three trades on April 26, 2013, the second day of the 2013 draft.

• The Dolphins selected five players from non-FBS schools, the most small-school prospects they have taken in a draft since 1982. The Dolphins also drafted five small-school players that year — WR Mark Duper (Northwestern State in Louisiana); FB Rich Diana (Yale); CB Thomas Tutson (South Carolina State); RB Larry Cowan (Jackson State); and RB Mack Boatner (Southeastern Louisiana).

• In a strange twist, the selection of DE Terrence Fede marked the 12th consecutive year the Dolphins have taken at least one defensive player in the seventh round. The streak also includes S Don Jones in 2013; DT Kheeston Randall in 2012; DT Frank Kearse and DB Jimmy Wilson in 2011; LBs Chris McCoy and Austin Spitler in 2010; LB J.D. Folsom in 2009; DE Lionel Dotson in 2008; LBs Kelvin Smith and Abraham Wright in 2007; DTs Frederick Evans and Rodrique Wright in 2006; DT Kevin Vickerson in 2005; LB Derrick Pope in 2004; and DT Davern Williams in 2003.

• First-round pick Ja’Wuan James became the 13th player from the University of Tennessee selected by the Dolphins in the NFL draft. Tennessee is tied for second with Florida for having produced the most Dolphins draft picks. Both schools trail the University of Miami, which has produced 16 Dolphins draft picks. Other schools in double figures are Ohio State (12), Oklahoma (10) and Penn State (10).

• With the selection of James, the Dolphins continued their streak of having selected at least one offensive lineman in each of their 49 drafts. The Dolphins have picked two or more offensive linemen 32 times, but this year snapped a streak of five consecutive drafts with only one O-lineman selected.

• Offensive lineman Billy Turner from North Dakota State became the first player from a non-BCS school the Dolphins drafted in the first three rounds since 2008 when they selected Hampton defensive end Kendall Langford in Round 3.

• With James and Turner, the Dolphins selected two offensive linemen in the first three rounds of the same draft for the fifth time. It also happened in 2003 with Wade Smith and Taylor Whitley; 1995 with Billy Milner and Andrew Greene; 1990 with Richmond Webb and Keith Sims; and 1979 with Jon Giesler and Jeff Toews. It’s the first time, however, those two picks came in the first and third rounds.

• The selection of Jordan Tripp in Round 5 marked the third consecutive year the Dolphins selected a linebacker in the fourth or fifth round. Tripp followed Jelani Jenkins (Round 4) in 2013 and Josh Kaddu (Round 5) in 2012.

• After selecting three players from the SEC over the previous six drafts, the Dolphins have taken seven the last two years. Ju’Wuan James, Jarvis Landry and Arthur Lynch this year followed Dallas Thomas, Jelani Jenkins, Mike Gillislee and Caleb Sturgis from last year’s draft class.

• The selection of Arthur Lynch in the fifth round made it four consecutive years the Dolphins have drafted a tight end. That’s the team’s longest run since a five-year stretch from 1984-88 when the draft consisted of 12 rounds instead of the current seven.