“I think it makes a big difference,” Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland said. “I’ve never been into a draft where I didn’t feel like if you’re at the 10th pick there are nine players and if you’re the 22nd pick there’s usually 20 players so you’re usually right behind it. So the higher up the board I can get, as long as it’s with the flip of a coin, I’ll take it.”
The Panthers and the Dolphins both finished the 2011 season with a 6-10 record, and were also deadlocked in all other traditional tiebreakers. Last season Carolina owned the No. 1 overall pick and selected the eventual NFL Rookie of the Year, Cam Newton. Miami had the No. 15 pick last year.
Instead of a traditional United States quarter, a custom coin was flipped. On one side was the Miami Dolphins’ logo, on the other was the Carolina Panthers’ logo.