Miami Dolphins Have Drafted Well by One Measure and Other AFC East News

Erik Frenz@ErikFrenzSenior Writer IJanuary 30, 2013

Dec 2, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland prior to a game against the New England Patriots at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY

How does one measure success in the NFL draft?

Tony Villiotti of (via NationalFootballPost) decided to use total starts, active players, percentage of annual starts and Pro Bowl berths as part of a four-metric system to determine draft success.

His findings? The Miami Dolphins are among the league's best drafters over the past half-decade.

The numbers show the following to be true for the Dolphins over the past five years:

  • Ranked second in the NFL with 621 total starts for their draft picks over the past five years, with the fourth-highest percentage of annual starts. 
  • The 12th-most draft picks in the NFL over the past five years.
  • Drafted just one Pro Bowl player, left tackle Jake Long, over the past five years.
  • Their 17 picks in the first three rounds over the past five years are the sixth-most in the NFL.
  • Average draft position of 12.2 is tied for seventh-highest in the NFL.
  • 80.5 percent of their draft picks since 2008 are still active, the second-highest percentage in the NFL.

One hole in these metrics: while they account for the number of starts, Pro Bowl berths and active players, they do not account for overall talent or value of position.

Punters are valued equally to quarterbacks. Jonathan Martin, regarded on this blog as one of the worst right tackles in the NFL in 2012, is credited with 16 starts, which benefits the Dolphins.

The true measure of success for the Dolphins drafts will be the win-loss totals in years to come. Fourteen of the team's 22 starters were drafted by the Dolphins; thus, with a team comprised largely of home-grown talent, we'll begin to see the fruits of that labor sooner than later.

If not, the Dolphins may have to begin to reap what they've sewn.

Here's some more news from around the AFC East.

Buffalo Bills

Mark Gaughan of The Buffalo News explains why a lack of aggressive play-calling stunted the Bills defense.

Chris Brown of says the Bills defense needs to find answers to all the running quarterbacks that are taking the league by storm.

Miami Dolphins

Dave George of The Palm Beach Post explains why the Dolphins should keep running back Reggie Bush.

Mike Singer of lists some potential fits at wide receiver in the draft.

New England Patriots

Bleacher Report Patriots featured columnist Mike Dussault explains how the Patriots offense could get even better in 2013.

B/R Patriots featured columnist James Ermilio plays buy-or-sell with the Patriots top five free agents.

Tom E. Curran of caught up with Marshall Faulk to find out why he hates the Patriots so much.

New York Jets

Rich Cimini of ESPN New York sat down with former Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum to talk about what went wrong for his team and where blame should be assigned for the Jets' failures in 2012.

Joe Caporoso of explains how the Jets could fill out their depth chart.

Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless otherwise specified, all quotes are obtained firsthand or via team press releases.


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