Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 3/20/13

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 06: The NFL Today's Dan Marino attends the grand opening of the CBS Scene Restaurant & Bar on September 6, 2008 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Mary Schwalm/Getty Images)
The Dolphins had been one of the forces in the NFL in the 70s and early 80s, but despite the presence of Dan Marino to move the offense, Miami struggled against better teams, partly due to bad defense, and partly due to a poor running game. Since Delvin Williams ran for an excellent 1258 yards in 1978, the Dolphins failed to get a suitable replacement, although not for lack of effort, drafting almost innumerable running backs to fill that void. Some were good and some were awful, but none provided that extra weapon Marino needed to get over the playoff hump (just ask John Elway).Then came 1989. The 49ers had won their third Super Bowl and the Dolphins were coming off a 6-10 record, their worst in 12 years. The good news was they got a high draft pick, and decided to spend it on Florida State's Sammie Smith, a 226 pound battering ram with speed to boot. Unfortunately, Smith also had the ball security of a battering ram, coughing up the ball on a regular basis, earning the ire of the fans and generally failing to fulfill the potential he displayed at FSU. After 1787 yards and 15 TDs in three years, Smith was traded to the Broncos, where he lasted another year before falling foul of drug problems and ending up behind bars. On a good note, he's turned his life around and now teaches others of the errors of his ways.Here are some other Dolphin draft busts that just missed the cut:Jim Grabowski/Rick Norton - as a new franchise in 1966, the Dolphins received the first two picks in the draft, blowing them both. Grabowski never played for the Fins, choosing the NFL's Green Bay Packers instead. The Dolphins probably wish Norton did too, as he never matched the expectations placed on him, throwing just 6 TDs and 30 interceptions in four years. Ironically, he ended up in Green Bay too.Eric Kumerow - as I already said, defense was an issue with the late '80s Dolphins, and nothing they could do seemed to remedy it. Signing Kumerow sure didn't. The 16th overall pick in the 1988 draft never started a game for Miami, and produced just 5 sacks in three years. He has since maintained a degree of fame every spring by appearing on numerous bust lists.Yatil Green - with the Dolphins looking to boost their passing attack, they grabbed the speedy Green with the 15th pick in 1997. However, on the first day of camp Green blew out his knee and tore both quads, and managed the tear his ACL again the following season. The unfortunate Green finally got to play in 1999, playing in 8 games and starting 1 (18-234-0), but one of the unluckiest men in NFL history was cut at the end of the year. He tried out with the Jets and Raiders, but was a pale shadow of the player he was with the Hurricanes, and never played with either team. Easily the saddest of the Dolphins bust stories.
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