Ginn Continues Buckeye Draft Day Trend

Ted Ginn proves that his decision to turn pro a year early was well worth it when he was selected number nine overall. Last year Donte Whitner exploded up the draft day board, and some people were stunned when he was selected so early by the Buffalo Bills, and this year the trend continued when Ted Ginn Jr. was selected ahead of Brady Quinn at pick nine.

The Ohio State Buckeye coached players have proven repeatedly that they have what it takes to be successful on the next level, and that has certainly helped them to rocket up Draft Day war boards.

The draft analysts were convinced that the Miami Dolphins were going to be selecting Brady Quinn to be the heir apparent at the helm of the team, but Cam Cameron and the upper management of the team decided to throw a curveball when they went with the selection of Buckeye speedster Ted Ginn Jr.

"It's going to be a tremendous day as you folks watch the rest of the draft unfold," Cameron told fans.

At one point, a few fans began a chant of "Brady, Brady."

That only prompted Cameron to talk about Ginn some more.

"Ted Ginn is someone you're going to be proud of," Cameron said, "Ted Ginn and his family are going to give us everything they have. He's someone you're going to enjoy watching play for a long, long time as a Miami Dolphin."

Ginn will come in immediately and give the Dolphins a receiver that can stretch the field and make plays in the vertical passing game. In addition to being a dangerous weapon in the passing game, Ginn is one of the most exciting playmakers in the kick/punt return game. In his career at Ohio State, he compiled over 1,900 yard and eight touchdowns in the return game including a 92 yarder in the 2007 National Championship Game.

Ginn, who grew up in Cleveland and played at Glenville High with Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith, was a jack-of-all-trades for the Tarblooders. He played quarterback, wide receiver, running back, and defensive back in high school. As a senior in 2004, he was named as the 2004 Super Prep National Defensive Player and won MVP honors at the U.S. Army all-American Bowl.

It was thought that he was going to be a lockdown corner back on the collegiate level, but he just proved to be too dangerous on the field as an offensive threat at receiver. Throughout his career for the Buckeyes he hauled in 135 catches for 1,943 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Ginn is the only Ohio State alum listed on the Dolphins roster at this time, but will join fellow receiver and Cleveland resident Chris Chambers as the players who will represent the "Buckeye State" for Miami next season.

Ginn was thought to be the fastest player in the draft by most expert, and According to sources ran the forty in the 4.38-to-4.42 range on three separate occasions during his pro-day workout. He will come in and provide an offensive spark for the Dolphins, who struggled to put points on the board at times last season.

Alain Poupart contributed to this report


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