Running back Ezekiel Elliott would be great for the Miami Dolphins if by some stroke of fate he fell to them in the first round, right?
Eli Apple, a 6-foot-1 cornerback, might work out just fine, too.
Then again, there’s the Ohio State problem.
Great program, fine school and all that. It’s just that two of Miami’s worst first-round picks ever were Buckeyes. No real explanation for it. No logical reason to expect that it would happen again. Still, there’s just no wiping this notion clean out of my mind.
Remember Eric Kumerow, a supposed monster of a pass rusher at 6-feet-7 and 246 pounds? The Dolphins took the Ohio State star 16th overall in 1988, and that was with a Hall of Fame talent, guard Randall McDaniel, still on the board. Kumerow lasted just three seasons, though, never starting a game and collecting just five sacks total.
And don’t even get me started on Ted Ginn, Jr., another Buckeye bust for Miami. Taking him ninth overall in 2007 is what got started one-year blunder Cam Cameron on a 1-15 season.
Most productive Ohio State player to come out of a Dolphins draft? Wide receiver Brian Hartline comes to mind, but he was in the middle rounds. Had to work a little harder to get his chance.
Paul Warfield, of course, is one of the Dolphins’ all-time greats and he came out of Ohio State. The Cleveland Browns took him first in 1964, though, before the Miami franchise existed.
Does any of this matter? Of course not, any more than making March Madness picks by team colors or nicknames should matter.
Weird, though, how those silly methods seem to turn out better than they should in most office pools.
So keep an open mind if the Dolphins spend some choice picks on players from Michigan (Jake Long and Jon Giesler were solid first-round selections) or Penn State (O.J. McDuffie and Jared Odrick) or Texas A&M (Richmond Webb and Ryan Tannehill). Through the years, those schools have earned a good reputation around here.
As for the Buckeyes and the great talent they offer in 2016, I’ll try to stay objective. Best player available, yada, yada, yada.
Not the best history, though, at least with the Dolphins.