On Thursday night, barring a trade, the Dolphins’ first selection in the 2013 Draft will come with the 12th overall pick. While Miami has twice before been slotted with the 12th overall selection (1992 and 2010), the team only once selected a player at #12.
In 1992, Miami made Georgia Tech OLB/DE Marco Coleman the 12th player taken, five picks after the Fins took fellow future-Pro Bowler Troy Vincent with the seventh selection (the Dolphins had the extra pick thanks to a trade with the Cardinals for WR Randal Hill).
Coleman had a stellar rookie season at both OLB and DE and would play the first four years of his career in Miami before leaving for San Diego as a free agent in 1996.
The only other time in their history that the Dolphins held the 12th overall pick was in 2010, but they traded the pick to the Chargers and eventually selected DL Jared Odrick 28th (and LB Koa Misi 40th with the extra pick acquired from San Diego.)
The last time an AFC East team picked 12th overall was 2007, when the Bills selected now-Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch out of Cal. Last year, the Eagles took DT Fletcher Cox in the 12th spot and in 2011, Minnesota selected FSU quarterback Christian Ponder.
Other notable #12′s in recent and semi-recent NFL history include Ravens DT Haloti Ngata (2006), Broncos OT Ryan Clady (2008), Jets LB Jonathan Vilma (2004), Falcons LB Keith Brooking (1998), Bucs RB Warrick Dunn (1997) and DT Warren Sapp (1995) and Bears DE Trace Armstrong (1989), who would later join the Dolphins via a trade in 1995.
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