The Dolphins' drafts from 1991-95 mostly were solid but unspectacular. Shula added several quality players but also made his share of questionable choices. One sharp move was to take Bryan Cox in Round 5 in '91. Cox soon would emerge as a defensive leader and all-around contributor at outside linebacker.
Another defensive star joined the team in '92 when cornerback Troy Vincent was selected with the first-round pick Miami stole from the Cardinals when the Dolphins dealt Randal Hill, their first pick the previous year. Vincent remains Miami's highest pick (No. 7 overall) since Bob Griese was taken No. 4 in 1967.
More stars were selected in the first rounds in '93 (O.J. McDuffie) and '94 (Tim Bowens); in addition, quality offensive players Terry Kirby (3, '93) and Tim Ruddy (2, '94) came to Miami. But Shula had some major misses, like Eddie Blake (2, '92) and Aubrey Beavers (2, '94).
Those blunders would pale in comparison to the '95 draft, Shula's last and one of the worst in team history. Miami drafted more players who would later help other teams (tight end Pete Mitchell and defensive tackle Norman Hand) than players who would ever contribute for the Dolphins. First-round pick Billy Milner and second-rounder Andrew Greene were serious busts. At least Shula acquired Trace Armstrong from the Bears for two draft picks.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times