Revisiting the Quinn/Ginn Debate

With the recent trade of quarterback Brady Quinn from Cleveland to Denver, we couldn't help but think back to the 2007 draft. All Dolphins fans no doubt remember all the commotion surrounding the team's first-round pick and all the clamoring for the team to pick Quinn with the ninth overall selection.

As everyone knows, the Dolphins took Ted Ginn Jr. instead, while Quinn fell all the way to 22nd overall. That prompted some analysts to criticize the Dolphins' move, with Mel Kiper Jr. going as far as calling the decision "ridiculous."

Those Dolphins fans who wanted Quinn probably felt vindicated the last three years because of the continued struggles of Ginn because they could justify Quinn's lack of production on his limited opportunities.

Quinn got his first real shot in 2009 and while he had his moments he was far from overwhelming.

But the real indicator of Quinn's value came when the Browns shipped him to Denver. Mike Holmgren, the new man in charge in Cleveland, knows a thing or two about quarterbacks, so for him to decide that Seneca Wallace or Jake Delhomme were better options should tell you all you need to know about Quinn.

It's not impossible that he'll one day because a stud quarterback, but we highly doubt it.

And it's clear he wouldn't have done any more for the Dolphins the last three years than Ginn did. In fact, he probably would have done less.

On top of that, the Dolphins might not have drafted Chad Henne in 2008 if they had Quinn already on the roster, and it's pretty obvious that Henne is a much better prospect than Quinn.

Of course, the Dolphins did pick a quarterback in 2007 with the selection of John Beck in the second round, and we all know how that turned out.

The truth is the 2007 draft was a good time to avoid quarterbacks because none of them has become a quality starter yet. The list, in order of selection, reads as follows: JaMarcus Russell, Quinn, Kevin Kolb, Beck, Drew Stanton, Trent Edwards, Isaiah Stanback, Jeff Rowe, Troy Smith, Jordan Palmer and Tyler Thigpen.

Yes, that Tyler Thigpen.

Instead of Ginn or Quinn, the Dolphins could have used that ninth overall pick on either Patrick Willis, Darrelle Revis, Leon Hall, Dwayne Bowe, Greg Olsen or Robert Meachem.

All of those players would have been better picks than either Ginn or Quinn. But at the time, it seemed as though it definitely was between Ginn or Quinn. And we can criticize the Ginn pick all we want, but the bottom line is that Quinn wouldn't have been a better choice.


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