In what we found as a fascinating article about NFL drafting tendencies, we learn the Miami Dolphins drafted more players from non-Power 5 conferences than any team in the league in the last decade.
Here were the players Miami drafted from Non-Power 5 teams dating back to 2010:
Round 2, Pick 40: Koa Misi, Utah (then a non-Power 5 team)
Round 7, Pick 252: Chris McCoy, Middle Tennessee State
Round 4, Pick 111: Clyde Edmond Gates, Abilene Christian
Round 6, Pick 174: Charles Clay, Tulsa
Round 7, Pick 231: Frank Kearse, Alabama A&M
Round 7, Pick 235: Jimmy Wilson, Montana
Round 7, Pick 227: Rishard Matthews, Nevada-Reno
Round 2, Pick 54: Jamar Taylor, Boise State
Round 3, Pick 93: Will Davis, Utah State
Round 7, Pick 250: Don Jones, Arkansas State
Round 3, Pick 67: Billy Turner, North Dakota State
Round 4, Pick 125: Walt Aikens, Liberty
Round 5, Pick 171: Jordan Tripp, Montana
Round 6, Pick 190: Matt Hazel, Coastal Carolina
Round 7, Pick 234: Terrence Fede, Marist
Round 5, Pick 145: Bobby McCain, Memphis
Round 5, Pick 149: Jay Ajayi, Boise State
It looks like Rishard Matthews, taken in the seventh round back in 2012, turned out to be their best value pick of the bunch.
Not one appears to be a true impact player. Though the jury is still out on the 2015 class.
The column also stated the Dolphins drafted more non-Power 5 players than any other “conference,” so to speak.