The greatest Miami Dolphins draft was orchestrated by the cagiest personnel pro in franchise history, a man whose profound influence here predates Don Shula and whose decisions seeded the roster with talent enough to grow a Super Bowl dynasty.
That’s saying a mouthful, especially for a former executive who gets no mention in the Dolphins’ various honor rolls and walks of fame, but Joe Thomas earned every bit of it.
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Highlights of 1968 Miami Dolphins draft
1a. RB Larry Csonka, Syracuse: Pro Football Hall of Famer is Miami’s all-time leading rusher.
1b. OT Doug Crusan, Indiana: 4-year starter; Thomas traded QB John Stofa to get this bonus pick.
3b. S Dick Anderson, Colorado: NFL All-Decade Team member for 1970s; bonus pick acquired in trade.
5. RB Jim Kiick, Wyoming: Miami’s No. 5 all-time leading rusher was two-time Pro Bowl choice.
6a. QB Kim Hammond, FSU: Included in trade bringing Hall of Fame LB Nick Buoniconti to Miami.