It is easy to second guess when it comes to the NFL Draft, but I don’t think that many people are really on the fence when it comes to talking about the Miami Dolphins. The tone of talking about their draft usually comes down to the same theory – what were they thinking? The Dolphins, in dire need of a quarterback, passed on Notre Dame signal caller Brady Quinn, and instead pulled off the shocker of the draft by taking injured Ohio State speedy wide out Ted Ginn Jr. Ginn, who injured his foot in the National Title game vs Florida, was a first round pick on many boards, but for sure not at number 9.
The decision to take Ginn did not sit well with the Dolphins faithful, as shock and outrage quickly overtook the teams draft party. When new head coach Cam Cameron came to the mic to tell the fans the news about taking Ginn, he was met with a chorus of boos, and you could tell that he cut his speech short due to the catcalls he was getting from the crowd. The bottom line is Miami has not had an impact quarterback since Dan Marino walked away from the game, and the Dolphins had a shot to get that type of quarterback and instead used it on a wide out who is in a walking boot with a foot injury.
Ginn himself was stunned at the turn of events that will have him wearing aqua this season. He said on a conference call after the pick – “You know Miami is hurting for a quarterback right now, and Brady is a great quarterback.” You have to know if your own draft choice is saying that, there has to be something wrong with the pick. I give Miami credit for having guts enough to stick to their draft board and taking the position they felt they needed. What I discredit them for is not taking a top 10 prospect that would have 100 percent upgraded the position. What hurts even more is the Dolphins inability to get a deal done with the Chiefs for Trent Green, a deal that reportedly has been close to done for some time.
Saturday was a chance for a new coach and a team that has simply not been very good for awhile to get back in the game. They had everything in front of them, but instead of making what almost everyone thought was the right move and the smart move, they threw even their most die hard fans a curveball. All you can say now is they had better be right on Ginn, or some important heads will roll in that organization.