Why Ginn over Quinn?

So exactly why did the Dolphins decide to pass up on Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn in favor of Ohio State wideout Ted Ginn when it came time to make the ninth overall pick in the 2007 draft, especially when it seemed everyone thought it was a foregone conclusion that Quinn would be the pick? We examine the decision-making process.

Let's focus on Quinn first. The big issue here is that the Dolphins simply weren't as enamored with him as many people thought they were.

Yes, the Dolphins did think Quinn was a quality prospect, but they obviously didn't think he was a "can't-miss," otherwise they would have jumped at the chance to get him when he lasted to their spot at No. 9.

Here's the other thing about Quinn: If he was such a stud prospect, do you really think he would have lasted all the way until No. 22 when he was finally picked by Cleveland after the Browns made what looks like a bad trade (although that's another story)?

Look, the truth is that for all his qualities, Quinn had some flaws in his game, mostly some inconsistency and perhaps the thought that his upside just isn't that tremendous.

An argument could be made that there just wasn't that much difference between Quinn and the other quarterback prospects not named JaMarcus Russell.

You could pretty much lump Quinn with Stanford's Trent Edwards, Michigan State's Drew Stanton and BYU's John Beck, and the likelihood is the Dolphins should be able to get one of those three guys in the second round.

Of course, the Dolphins might have gone for Quinn had it not been for their fascination with Ginn.

With all due respect to Cam Cameron, his comment that the Dolphins just got a great family because of his respect for Ted Ginn Sr. is strange because, last we checked, the elder Ginn isn't going to play a down for Miami.

But what the younger Ginn will bring is some much-needed big-play ability to the Dolphins.

Think about it, when's the last time the Dolphins had a wideout with take-it-to-the-house explosiveness? Or a kick returner?

Ginn is both of those. But Ginn also isn't a very polished wide receiver, which is why not everybody was sold on him as a big-time prospect. We're also not convinced Ginn is going to become a Pro Bowl wideout, but he just might someday be in the Pro Bowl as a returner.

The one gripe we have with the pick is that Ginn probably could have been had a few picks later in the first round. The Dolphins didn't make their pick until only about two minutes were left in their 15-minute allotment, so we can only assume they were talking to other teams about possibly trading down.

Those talks obviously didn't pan out, so the Dolphins made the selection at No. 9.

The bottom line from this end is that we're simply not sold on Quinn and therefore have no problem with the Dolphins passing up on the chance to get him IF they're able to land Edwards, Stanton or Beck in the second round.

For the 2007 season alone, Ginn will make much more of an impact than Quinn, although we're still thinking 9 was too early for him. But making a trade down for additional picks isn't as easy as wanting to do it; you have to find a willing partner.

If Quinn becomes another Tom Brady, the Dolphins will regret passing him up. We don't see that happening. Ginn might not have been the best pick possible, but that's not because the Dolphins didn't get Quinn.


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