With the 2011 NFL Draft now in the rearview mirror, the time to look back has arrived. On Wednesday, we broke down the AFC East, checking in on the Bills, Jets, and Patriots, and seeing what kinds of players they brought in as they move forward towards next season. Today, we’ll take a look at some of the headline players that were drafted by teams that the Fins will face outside of the division in 2011:
Everyone knows that some of the best high school and college football in the nation is played right here in the state of Florida and over the years, many of the stars from those universities have gone on to play for the Dolphins. Whether it’s current Fins Brandon Marshall (UCF), Vernon Carey (Miami), or Channing Crowder (Florida); or some of the heroes of the past like Larry Little (Bethune-Cookman), Trace Armstrong (Florida), Terrell Buckley (FSU), and Woody Bennett (Miami), the in-state schools have always helped to stock the roster.
So you remember how when you’re a kid and your mom always said things like “just because everyone else is doing it doesn’t mean you have to do it” and “if Johnny jumped off a bridge, would you?” Well, that’s kind of how I feel about mock drafts. Everyone is doing them. So I don’t really have to. But I think I kind of want to.
The state of Florida has always been known for producing elite NFL defensive backs from the in-state colleges. The University of Miami has sent Ed Reed, Antrel Rolle and the late Sean Taylor to the NFL. Florida has produced former Dolphin safety Louis Oliver and current Browns cornerback Joe Haden. Not to be outdone, FSU can boast of Deion Sanders and LeRoy Butler.