Miami has 10 picks in the upcoming draft. I think that may be more than they've had in the last 5 seasons. Combined.
So, its really no wonder Miami released so many players this offseason. Otherwise, they wouldn't have enough jersey numbers for everyone.
Miami has held the #9 overall pick twice before - in 1989 and 1990. In 1990, the pick was used on Richmond Webb, who was a stalwart at left tackle; a position that hasn't been the same since his departure.
However, in 1989, Miami drafted a player out of Florida State who most - yours truly - didn't think much of in college. That players was none other than Sammie Smith. That didn't work out so well.
I won't bore you with the details of Sammie's time in Miami. Instead, I will direct you to The Dolphins Make Me Cry, and their Ring of Dishonor Tribute.
In fairness, there weren't any truly great players taken after Smith, but there were a few very good ones, most notably Trace Amstrong who was a solid DE, something Miami had 'reached' on the previous 2 years...
Incidentally, if you're wondering who I think was Miami's best overall #1 draft pick, in terms of contribution and longevity, I would say its.....Don Shula.
Miami was forced to compensate Baltimore in 1971 for tampering by stealing a coach who was under contract. To prevent it from happening again, Pete Rozelle made the Dolphins give up a top pick in the draft.