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Miami fans reacted infamously when their team selected Ted Ginn Jr. with the ninth overall selection in the 2007 NFL draft, booing mercilessly.
But, though Brady Quinn—the player many Miami Dolphins fans wanted instead—hasn't panned out either, it doesn't dull the sting of missing out on a top-10 pick.
Ginn had his share of highlight-reel moments at Ohio State, and though his thin frame was a concern for many at the next level, his explosiveness was too much for the Dolphins to pass up. But over his three years spent in Miami, neither the big plays nor the consistency as a receiver were frequent enough to warrant such a high selection.
That theme has continued for Ginn throughout his career in the NFL. Aside from his 2008 campaign—56 catches for 790 yards—Ginn has failed to top 40 catches or 600 yards receiving during his seven-year tenure in the league. His five touchdown catches in Carolina last season were one less than he'd tallied in his previous six years combined.
Many will point to his value as a return specialist as a plus, but even with three kick returns and three punt returns for touchdowns in his career, he simply hasn't been the type of playmaker worthy of a top-10 draft pick.
Ginn signed with the Cardinals this offseason, which will be his third different stop in as many seasons. He still has value as a slot receiver and return specialist, but that has been and will continue to be his ceiling, which is far less than the ninth overall pick should have garnered.