Miami will be the last of the 8-8 teams to select in May.
Now that the 2013 regular season has come to close, those teams not in the playoffs can start looking ahead to 2014, and that typically starts with the prospects entering the NFL Draft.
The Miami Dolphins found out today that they are picking 19th come May 8th, 2014 when the first round of the draft is held in New York City. This is two weeks later than when the draft is typically held, which gives Miami’s coaching staff 14 extra days to break down film and review their scouting reports on the pool of players to choose from.
Back in 2004 when the Dolphins last held the 19th overall selection they chose offensive tackle Vernon Carey, a Miami native out of the University of Miami. Prior to that, the Dolphins owned the 19th pick in 1998 and traded down with the Green Bay Packers for the 29th overall pick and a second-round pick to take running back John Avery out of the University of Mississippi.
Former Dolphins linebacker and defensive end Kim Bokamper, who was inducted into the Walk of Fame yesterday along with wide receiver O.J. McDuffie, running back Mercury Morris and left guard Keith Sims, was Miami’s 19th pick in the 1976 NFL Draft out of San Jose State.
Over the last five years, the players picked 19th overall were Boise State defensive back Shea McLellin by the Chicago Bears, cornerback Prince Amukamara from Nebraska in 2011 by the New York Giants, Missouri linebacker Sean Weatherspoon in 2010 by the Atlanta Falcons, Missouri wide receiver Jeremy Maclin by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2009 and offensive tackle Jeff Otah from Utah in 2008 by the Carolina Panthers.
Other notable players chosen at No. 19 include cornerback Antonio Cromartie out of Florida State in 2006 by the San Diego Chargers, California quarterback Kyle Boller by the Baltimore Ravens in 2003, defensive tackle Casey Hampton from Texas by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2001 and Alabama running back Shaun Alexander in 2000 by the Seattle Seahawks.
Former Dolphins defensive tackle Vonnie Holliday was chosen 19th overall in the 1998 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers, wide receiver Marvin Harrison of Syracuse went 19th to the Indianapolis Colts in 1996 and Arizona State guard Randall McDaniel, a member of the 2009 Pro Football Hall of Fame class, was taken 19th overall by the Minnesota Vikings back in 1988.