Dolphins draft history: 1966-70

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The Dolphins' first five drafts were marked by numerous brilliant hits and almost as many spectacular misses. Many of those misses came early, particularly in the team's first draft in 1966. Miami's first pick ever, Jim Grabowski, signed with the NFL and never played for the Dolphins.

Miami's draft fortunes took a turn for the better the next year when Bob Griese was added in the first round (No. 4). Other than that future Hall of Famer, the Class of '67 was rather weak, which makes the great success of the '68 draft all the more surprising. Such cornerstones of great Dolphins teams to come as Larry Csonka (1st round), Dick Anderson (3) and Jim Kiick (5) were selected. Even a future baseball star (Tom Paciorek) was taken.

Miami's run of good drafting continued in 1969 with such sharp picks as Bill Stanfill (1), Bob Heinz (2), Mercury Morris (3) and Lloyd Mumphord (16). By the time Don Shula took over the team in 1970, the Dolphins already were stacked with quality talent. Shula added to that when he sent the team's top pick in '70 to the Browns for Paul Warfield and then drafted Jim Mandich (2), Tim Foley (3), Curtis Johnson (4), Jake Scott (7) and Mike Kolen (12).

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